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Mizrachi Re-elect Officers

November 22, 1923
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With the election of officers last night in the Zionist Institute, 1851 Center Avenue, the tenth annual convention of the Mizrachi Zionist Organization of America was ended. The convention which was attended by delegates from all parts of the country, had been in session here since last Sunday.

The following officers were elected: Rabbi Meyer Berlin, president, Dr. Meyer Waxman, general secretary. Samuel Schnur, treasurer. The following were elected to serve as the National Executive committee: B. H. Schnur, Dr. A. Bluestone, Harry Karp, Gedalia Bublick, editor of the Jewish Daily News, I. Allen, Rabbi I. Inselbuch. E. Kaplan, and Rabbi Jacob Levinson. All of the officers and members ofthe executive committee are residents of New York. Fifty-one persons were also elected to serve on a National Council, of which Rabbi A. M. Ashinsky, M. Joseph and Israel Raffel, all of Pittsburgh, are members.

The colonization of Palestine was the subject of paramount importance at the second session of the three-day convention of the Mizrachi Zionist Organization in Memorial Hall here.

Chief among the colonization proposals was one presented by Attorney Isaac Allen of Brooklyn and which has been unanimously approved. A tract of land near Yebnah has been taken up for colonization purposes and portions of this tract will be sold to synagogues throughout the country.

A number of smaller private colonization enterprises are under way among which is Menorahk a suburb of Jaffa. Much of this land has already been taken up.

Rabbi Jacob Levinson spoke on the “Problem of Education”; Reports were given by Rabbi Meyer Berlin and Secretary Meyer Waxman, President and Secretary, respectively. During the afternoon resolutions were adopted favoring the colonization program.

Three resolutions were adopted after the committee on colonization, headed by Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, reported. A loan of $25,000 for the building of houses in the colony at Kfar Ivri near Jerusalem was voted. It was also decided to raise $100,000 for the erection of a first-class orthodox high school in Jaffa and to raise $10,000 for agricultural tools for chaluzim. Preliminary steps were taken for the establishment of a mortgage and loan bank in Palestine.

In a special resolution the respects of the Mizrachi were sent to the National Grange in session in the same building. The resolution sets forth that the common ideal of the two organizations, the return to the soil, should give them a common interest.

Dr. M. Sheinkin of Palestine, and Rabbi Israel Porath, who recently returned, spoke at the morning session.

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