An amount somewhat over $800,000 was raised by the United Palestine Appeal of Greater New York for reconstruction work in Palestine, according to an announcement made at the closing rally of the campaign at the Hotel Astor on Sunday evening, June 2. by Morris Rothenberg. Chairman of the national Board of Directors of the United Palestine Appeal, who presided over the meeting. Designed as a stimulus to the various sections to secure cash on previous pledges and also to get new contributions, the Hotel Astor meeting proved very successful in the amount of checks that were brought in at the last moment to raise the total to $800,000.
Dr. John Halynes Holmes of the Community Church, who recently returned from Palestine as the guest of Nathan Straus, was the principal speaker at the meeting. He told of some of his experiences in Palestine. Dr. Holmes described three colonies as illustrating the growth of the Zionist ideal during the past three generations. He praised those young men and women, who, as pioneers in Palestine, have made possible the creation of what Dr. Holmes described as “the new society.”
The other speakers were Dr. I. M. Rubinow. Executive Director of the U. P. A., who delivered a financial reports and Abraham Goldberg, member of the Administrative Committee of the Zionist Organization of America, who described the progress of the Zionist movement and the achievements in Palestine. He also spoke of the many friends that the Zionist project had secured during the period of its operation, referring to some of the most prominent figures in official and public life.
Rabbi Harry A. Merefeld, of Temple Beth-El. Fort Worth. Texas, was elected president of the Fort Worth Rotary Club. He succeeds Ralph D. Hendenson.
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