NEW YORK (Dec. 30)
Paul L. Goldman, attorney and Labor Zionist leader, died yesterday morning at Beth Israel Hospital after a brief illness. He was 69 years old. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10 a. m. at the Riverside Funeral Chapel in Manhattan. Born in Wisoko-Mazowieck, Poland, he came to this country in 1920 where he worked in a factory and attended night school. In 1928 he was graduated from St. John’s Law School in Brooklyn and was admitted to the Bar shortly there after. He was also an alumnus of the Jewish Teachers Seminary and a member of its board of trustees
From the age of 14 Mr. Goldman was active in the Socialist-Zionist youth movement that followed the teachings of Dov Ber Borochov, an early exponent of Labor Zionism in Russia. He continued his activity an America in what later became Achdut Avodah Poal Zion. He rose rapidly in its leadership, serving for more than 14 years as its general secretary president, and principal representative in various American and international Zionist and other Jewish bodies. He was also the editor for many years of its monthly magazine, “Unzer Weg,” (Our Way), and he wrote for several other publications in this country and abroad. A collection of his writings was published by J. L. Peretz Press in Israel earlier this year. He was also a friend and intimate of many Israeli government and labor leaders.
In 1969, Mr.-Goldman was instrumental in bringing about the unification of Achdut Avodah with the Labor Zionist Organization of America, and in 1971, the entry of the combined organization into the Labor Zionist Alliance. At his death, he was the National Associate Treasurer and a member of the National Executive Committee of the LZA.
Mr. Goldman was also a member of the presidium of the World Zionist General Council and of its constitution committee, and an officer, or executive committee member of the National Committee for Labor Israel, the American Zionist Federation, the Workmens Circle, the Jewish Labor Committee, the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, the World Congress for Jewish Culture and numerous other bodies. In 1946, Mr. Goldman was a member of a select delegation sent by the Jewish Labor Committee to the war ravaged Jewish communities in Eastern Europe for the purpose of bringing aid to the survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and to help them set up new welfare and cultural institutions.