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Governor and Mayor to Welcome Z.O.A. Convention

June 25, 1929
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Officials of the city and State will join with Jewish leaders in this community in welcoming the Zionist convention, which is to open here on Sunday, June 30.

In statements addressed to Philip Slomovitz, president of the Zionist District of Detroit, Mayor John C. Lodge, Governor Fred W. Green, Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg and Representative Clarence J. McLeod welcomed the convention.

Mayor Lodge’s statement read: “The efforts of the Jewish people to establish a Jewish Center in Palestine, and there to rebuild its ancient but to this day great civilization, has aroused the admiration of the nations. The colonies which are being built in the Holy Land, the return of the Jew to the soil in his ancient homeland, the cultural revival which your people are experiencing-all these deserve the commendation and support of all peoples, regardless of creed or race.

“To be able to greet and welcome the spokesmen for this movement from every section of our land to the City of Detroit is a privilege which we proudly acknowledge. As Mayor of Detroit I am happy to extend to the vititing delegates a hearty welcome, with sincere wishes that the deliberations at the sessions in Detroit will result in increased effort for the movement which has the good will of all citizens.”

Governor Green in his greeting, said:

“I am informed that the Zionist Organization of America will hold its thirty-second annual convention in Detroit, beginning June 30. I understand also that this organization is entrusted with the responsibility of directing the destiny of the entire Zionist movement, having as its ultimate object the re-establishment in Palestine of a Jewish National Homeland. I feel that it is no small honor to the City of Detroit and to our State to have been chosen as the scene of its convention. Any organization with so solemn a purpose and which has so magnificently justified its existence is entitled to a full measure of respect from all, regardless of affiliation or non-affiliation with its objects.

“I deem it a pleasure to welcome the Zionist Organization of America to our State, and I earnestly hope that its deliberations will sound a note of progress and that its activities will be crowned with ultimate success.”

Mayor Lodge has appointed Judge Vincent M. Brennan to deliver the address of welcome to the convention in the name of the city of Detroit, and Governor Green is expected to welcome the convention. John Cameron, British Consul in Detroit, will welcome the convention in the name of the British government.

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