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Delegates Gathering for 15th Session of American Jewish Congress Opening Today

October 19, 1930
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Hundreds of delegates are now arriving in Washington for the sessions of the American Jewish Congress which open here on Sunday. Preparations to receive the Rt. Hon. Harry Snell, British Labor member of parliament who dissented from the majority report of the Shaw Commission on Palestine, have already been completed. Mr. Snell has just arrived in this country at the invitation of the American Jewish Congress, whose session he will address on Sunday night.

Mr. Snell took exception to the findings of his colleagues on the Shaw Commission and laid the blame for the Arab riots of last summer at the doors of the Palestine Administration and the Arab agitators who are seeking the withdrawal of the Balfour Declaration. In his address at the session in Washington Mr. Snell will present the views of enlightened public opinion in England on the subject of Palestine.

The sessions of the American Jewish Congress, which will take place at the New Willard Hotel, will last two days, October 19-20. A series of addresses will be delivered on problems relating to the situation of the Jews in various countries of Europe. The question of discrimination in this country practiced against Jews in colleges and in the field of employment is also on the agenda. A meeting of the National Executive Committee of the Congress will be held tomorrow, Saturday, evening at the New Willard Hotel.

An important feature on the program of the session will be a report on the condition of the Jews in Roumania by Professor Salo Baron, who has just completed a special tour of investigation in Roumania at the behest of the American Jewish Congress. The session will listen to addresses by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, honorary president of the American Jewish Congress; Bernard S. Deutsch, president; Hon. Nathan D. Perlman, chairman of the executive committee; Hon. Carl Sherman, vice-president; and Bernard G. Richards, executive director, who will present a review of the activities of the American Jewish Congress since its last session in May, 1929.


The findings of the Committee on Discrimination Against Jews in the Field of Employment will be presented by David L. Podell and Rabbi Jacob X. Cohen, secretary of this committee. A report will also be presented by Dr. Mordecai M. Soltes, secretary of the Committee to Study Discrimination Against Jews in Colleges.

Elaborate arrangements for a banquet in honor of Mr. Snell, to be held on Sunday evening at the New Willard Hotel, have been made by the Washington Committee in charge of arrangements for the session. The officers of the Committee are: E. I. Kaufmann, honorary chairman; Leopold V. Freudberg, chairman; Mrs. John Safer, chairman of the Women’s Committee; Morris Garfinkle, Louis E. Spigler, Joseph A. Wilner, Mrs. David A. Alper, vice-chairmen; Maurice Bisgyer, executive secretary.

The delegates will be received by President Hoover at the White House on Monday. About 500 delegates are expected at the session of the American Jewish Congress.

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