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Jewish Congress to Press for Admittance Excess Quota Immigrants

November 19, 1923
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The situation in which the Jews of Germany have found themselves within the past few weeks, the immigration problem arising out of the exhaustion of the Russian quota and other matters pertaining to Jewish rights abroad were discussed at the first meeting of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Congress under the presidency of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, at the Hotel Pennsylvania, yesterday afternoon. Members of the Executive Committee from all over the United States were present at the meeting.

The Executive Committee was informed of steps which had been taken to relieve the German situation. Rabbi Wise announced that the German Ambassador in Washington had been communicated with and that the State Department in Washington is in communication with the Congress relative to this matter. Favorable replies have been received from both. An officer of the American Jewish Congress is now on his way to Europe, there to confer with prominent Jewish committees with the view toward dealing with the situation arising out of the anti-Semitic outbursts in Berlin, Bavaria and other centres of population in Europe.

Considerable feeling was aroused over the plight of the 900 Jewish immigrants who are being held for deportation at Ellis Iskand and other ports of entry. It was decided that a committee from the American Jewish Congress, headed by Rabbi Wise, should go to Washington Tuesday to place before the Department of Labor arguments for admitting the Russian excess-quota immigrants. The committee includes Bernard G. Richards, Executive Secretary of the Congress, Joseph Barondess, Louis Lipsky, Joseph L. Simon of Salem, Masa. Adolph Stern, Acting Grand Master Independent Order Brith Abraham and Max Hollander, Grand Master of the I.O.B.A.

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