The next session of the American Jewish Congress delegates which are to be elected by direct balloting of all Jews, will be convened on May 27, 1923, according to a decision reached by the Executive Committee, yesterday afternoon at the offices of Nathan Straus.
A dinner to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Preliminary Conference of the American Jewish Congress was held at the Cafe Boulevard in the evening. Dr. Stephen S. Wise, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Congress, was the principal speaker. He took this occasion to refer to the recent Jubilee Convention of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
“I do not like to say this for some of my dearest friends were among those who led at the session of the council, but the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, representing the wealth and power of the Jewish temples in America, did not strike one strong, true Jewish note throughout the entire week”, said Rabbi Wise. “I say to you”, he continue, “that I consider it anti-Semitic for a Jew to speak of the use of Yiddish as if it was a wrong on the part of the Jewish people and a crime.” True Americanism is taught every day in the columns of the Yiddish press, he said.
After declaring that the Union would not take a stand on the rebuilding of Palestine, Rabbis Wise said: “It was a Council of evasion; a council of equivocation, a council of neglect of the highest Jewish interests”.
“I am ashamed to say that over 2,000 Jews could meet together without uttering one word on behalf of our Jewish Brethern in Central and Eastern Europe where their plight is tragic. What an education it would have been to the delegates to have them attend a meeting to listen to the story of the hell in which Jews live today in Germany, Hungary and Austria, which I have seen with my own eyes”.
Speaking of the tragic plight of the Jewish people in Eastern and Central Europe, Dr. Wise said the JEWISH CORRESPONDENCE BUREAU in its daily reports brings accounts of new degradations, misery, making every day for him a day of horror.
Other speakers at the dinner included, besides Joseph Baro(###)s the toastmaster, Jacob Ginsburg of Philadelphia, Rabbi Ebin of Bensonhurst, Rabbi Ashinsky of Pittsburgh, Allen Davis of Pittsburg, Judge Louis D. Gibbs, Judge Aaron J. Levy, Louis Tepper of Washington, Mrs. Archibald Silverman of Providence, Geo. I. Fox, Treasurer, and Bernard G. Richards, Secretary reported on the financial and organization phases of the Jewish Congress, which both said they were glad to announce, was not without its deficit.
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