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The Third Session of the Zionist Convention Opened at 3pm Monday

June 19, 1923
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The third session of the Zionist Convention opened at 3 P. M. Monday. Prof. Otto Warburg, former President of the World Zionist Organization, congratulated the American Zionists’ progress since his last visit to this country with Mr. Nahum Sokolow, but he complained of the apathy towards the National Fund which collected only $154,000 last year. As Director of the Jewish National Fund he urged accelerated tempo. Describing the progress made at the Hebrew University, Professor Warburg said it was hoped that the chemical micro biological and tro chemical departments of the medical faculuty would be opened next April, as well as the department for Hebrew cognate learnings. A committee of prominent scholars here were cooperating with committee. England was also taking up the task. Professor Warburg informed the meeting that he had organized a library committee in America to provide buildings, equipment and books for the University. If the Keren Hayesod would help as much as was promised, it would be possible, together with technicians, to lay the Haifa Foundation.

Greetings were received from Mr. Nahum Sokolow, M. M. Ussishkin, M. Lichtheim and I. Soloweitchik, Nathan Straus, Order Brith Sholom Convention which was held in Atlantic City, Dr. Alexander Goldstein who is in Canada and also from the Canadian Zion Organization.

Mr. Louis Louis who presided introduced Mr. George Seymour, American journalist who had just returned from Palestine. "I’m a non-Jew", said Mr. Seymour, "but not a non-Zionist. Although a million Jews are needed in Palestine the chaluzim who are already there are able to defend and hold the positions until reinforcements arrive," he said.

Bernard Rozenblatt reported the successful sale of the Tel-Aviv bond issue and he described how Rabbi Teitelbaum, without any difficulty secured cooperation from the State Bank which purchased the unsold balance of the issue amounting to thirty-two thousand pounds. Mayor Dizengoff, who was the next speaker, said Telaviv was built without a cent charity. He compared the standards of of European Zionists with the Palestine Jews who are undaunted by political failures and are determined to build the Balfour Declaration.

Dr. Schmarya Levin gave a brilliant expose of the integrity of the Zionist Organization which, to the exile, is what Manna was to the Jews in the wilderness. He said it was impossible to speak of the new people annonymously. They are a people who have an address. When Great Britain had a communication to make, it was sent to the Zionist Organization. "We must defend the spirit of the Organization", Dr. Levin said. "We must not compromise on the principles. Adulterating them won’t fetch a higher price. It is true the Zionist Organization represents only ten percent. Of the Jewish people, but it is as representative as other people’s tribunal with fifty per cent."

Translating Dr. Levin’s philosphy into cash, Mr. Lipsky appealed for an organization fund. It is expected that $30,000 will be raised, including $1,000 from Boris Grabelsky, $1,000 from William Topkis, $1,000 from the Baltimore district, $1,200 from Massachusetts.

Eighty delegates and many guests attended the Hebrew session which was held Monday morning with Mr. Joseph Brainin presiding. Mr. Ab Goldberg, in outlining the program said the Organization was eager to foster Hebrew but the districts must help. The conference decided to insist that Zionist offices observe resolution adopted at the Carlsbad Congress requiring all officials to know or learn Hebrew.

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