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Avukah Opens Sessions in Ann Arbor, Mich.

July 1, 1929
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Professor William H. Worrell, past president of the Michigan Academy of Science, in behalf of the University of Michigan welcomed the convention of the Avukah, American student Zionist Federation, which opened its three day sessions here.

“Avukah has come to transform a negative attitude of Judaism into a positive one,” declared Professor Worrell. “This negative attitude,” he said, “lies in Jewishness being often a feeling of separateness, in being a non-participant in certain activities which go on round about the Jew.”

Max Rhoade, National President of Avukah, and James Waterman Wise, Executive Secretary, greeted the fifty delegates who represented Avukah societies in various parts of the country.

In his report of the year’s activities, Mr. Wise declared that one of the outstanding achievements was the formation of the Emergency Committee on anti-Semitic Excesses in Europe, the non-sectarian group organized on the initiative of the Avukah.

Two recommendations were made for the coming year: first, the entrance of Avukah into the World Union of Jewish Youth, and second, that steps be taken to form a international student Zionist Federation.

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