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Mizrachi Sees Danger for Its School System in Palestine

May 16, 1929
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Authorizing a budget of $38,000 for propaganda and administrative expenditure, including a $3,000 subsidy to its youth organization, Ha’mizrachi Ha’zair, the fourteenth annual convention of the Mizrachi re-elected its last year’s administration at the closing session Tuesday evening at the Adath Jeshurun Congregation. Gedaliah Bublick was reelected president, Rabbi Wolf, Brooklyn, and Rabbi Elijah Inselbuch, vice-presidents, and Abraham Cohen, treasurer. Rabbi Meyer Berlin was re-elected honorary president.

An executive committee of twenty-one New Yorkers and five from other cities was chosen. Those elected are Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, Rabbi Jacob Levinson. Rabbi N. H. Ebin, Rabbi E. Predmesky, Rabbi I. M. Kovalsky, Dr. I. Bluestone, Mr. Samuel Wilner, Baruch Schnur, Mendel Stavisky, Joseph Dauber, H. L. Selig, Mordecai Nadler, Samuel Goldstein. Jacob Mathews, Harry Karp, Isaac Epstein, I. Bunim, M. Hegler, Mrs, A. Goldstein, Mrs. B. Gottesfeld, and Mrs. A. Shapiro, all of New York. Others elected are Rabbi B. L. Levinthal, Philadelphia, Rabbi A. M. Ashinsky, Detroit, Rabbi D. Boruchow, Boston, Rabbi Saul Silber, Chicago, and A. L. Gelman, St. Louis.

In addition, a general committee of seventy-five, comprising active Mizrachi workers in all parts of the country, was chosen.

At the closing session the delegates were urged to dedicate themselves to new and vigorous work on behalf of the Orthodox Zionist movement in addresses delivered by Gedaliah Bublick and Rabbi Gold. A list of thirty-five candidates for Mizrachi delegates to the forthcoming Zionist Congress in Zurich was approved to be submitted to the electorate.

A number of measures looking toward the strengthening of the Mizrachi (Continued on Page 4)

In a series of resolutions proposed by the nine committees headed by Rabbi B. Natalewitz of Palestine. H. L. Selig of the resolutions’ committee. Rabbi Silber on education, Rabbi Horowitz on propaganda and Rabbi Mandelbaum on the Jewish Agency, the topics discussed during the sessions were formulated and the attitude of the Mizrachi defined.

A drastic resolution was adopted as the result of the charges made that the old institutions in Jerusalem lend financial support to the Agudah political machine in its fight against the Mizrachi and the general Zionists.

“The convention expresses its indignation at the fact that some institutions in Jerusalem employ the funds placed at their disposal for maintenance, for political purposes which are dangerous to the rebuilding of our Homeland.” the resolution read, adding that support is to be withdrawn from such Jerusalem institutions as compel their recipients to accept the institution’s political views.

The convention urged Mizrachi followers and others to invest in the Mizrachi Bank which recently showed great progress. Another resolution urged the Zionist Executive not to discriminate against the Mizrachi immigrants in the distribution of certificates.

A special resolution welcomed the Jewish Agency, expressing the hope that all the Orthodox organizations throughout the world will join the Jewish Agency and that if the Agency deals with education in Palestine, that it accord full support to the Mizrachi school system. It also welcomed the plan of the Rabbi’s Union to convene an international conference for the purpose of strengthening the Orthodox in### in the Agency.

The delegates discussed with great heat the resolution on education in Palestine introduced by Rabbi Silber of Chicago. The original text, considered by many delegates as too mild, was changed to include the charge that the Zionist General Education Board in Jerusalem plans an attack on the Mizrachi school system for the purpose of “destroying the economy enjoyed by the Mizrachi schools since 1923” The resolution instructed the Mizrachi delegates to the Zurich Congress to insist on the following points: 1 That the engaging and dismissal of teachers in the Mizrachi schools remain exclusively within the ###tion of the Mizrachi Education Board. 2. When a conflict arises between the General Education Board and the Mizrachi Board, the General Board is not to suspend payment of allotments but that the matter is to be referred no the Zionist Congress for decision. 3. That the Mizrachi delegates insist on placing the religious education of Jewish children in Palestine only with such teachers who are “sincerely religious and have had experience in religious training.” eliminating those who are “indifferent and often hostile to the Jewish religion, although they wish to appear as religious.”

The resolution also contained a recommendation to Mizrachi members in regard to Hebrew education in the United States. It declared that the socalled secular Hebrew education is insufficient, leaving the pupils indifferent to religion because the teachers in such schools maintain a disparaging attitude toward religion. Such Hebrew education endangers the future of Judaism in the United States, the resolution declared, urging members to use their best efforts that the Hebrew schools and Talmond Torahs be conducted in a national, religions spirit, that only Orthodox teachers be employed and that cooperation be extended in establishing parochial schools and financial aid given to leading and smaller yeshivas.

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