Zionists Pay Tribute to Greenberg

More than 400 Zionists attending the weekend conference of the Greater New York Region of the Labor Zionist Alliance paid tribute to Hayim Greenberg, the Labor Zionist theoretician who died 20 years ago. Nahum Guttman, a Labor Zionist leader and director of community relations for the National Committee for Labor Israel, recalled that Green-berg always maintained that “the Zionist movement per se had a key role to play not only in support of the new State but for the maintenance of Jewish life in the diaspora.”

Guttman, a member of the editorial board of Jewish Frontier, the Labor Zionist monthly founded by Greenberg, said that Greenberg also believed that the State of Israel and the Zionist-movement must assume responsibility for Hebrew education in the diaspora. While the Zionist movement as such does not possess the huge financial resources to carry out that purpose, it can and must influence the Jewish community and the Jewish welfare funds to allocate even more of their budgets to Jewish education, Guttman said.

Pinchas Cruso, honorary president of the LZA recalled that Greenberg, as editor of the Jewish Frontier and the Yiddisher Kemfer, had introduced the Labor Zionist philosophy among new and wider circles.

At a Purim program, Dr. Israel M. Biderman, president of the LZA’s Greater New York Region, said that though the festival was an ancient one, “We as Labor Zionists see in it the seed of Jewish nationalism, ethnicity and the struggle for cultural freedom.”

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