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$100,000 Toward Chicago’s U.p.a. Quota Announced at Banquet to Weizmann

March 13, 1927
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

One hundred thousand dollars has been pledged to date toward Chicago’s $400,000 quota in the United Palestine Appeal, it was announced Thursday night in the Blackstone Hotel at a banquet given in honor of Dr. Weizmann upon the conclusion of his visit to Chicago in the interests of the Palestine drive. The banquet was attended by 300 leading Jews of the city.

Following Dr. Weizmann’s address, cash and pledges were announced for the U. P. A. A contribution of $250 was announced from Mayor Dever. The Hadassah, through Pearl Franklin, its president, reported that of its quota of $60,000 it already had raised $23,000 and a check for $10,000 was turned over to Judge Harry Fisher, the chairman of the evening.

Dr. Weizmann reviewed the situation of the Jews throughout the world, emphasizing especially the conditions in Russia, Poland and Czecho-Slovakia, declaring that the economic situation is such that millions of Jews must leave their former homes. No immediate solution was available, he said, but Palesline offered the hope that the horrors which Jews are now going through would not be repeated. American Jews, he pointed out, have poured seventeen millions of dollars into the bottomless pit of the Ukraine and Poland, but this “has not insured against a repetition of the situation as it is now.”

The key to the door of Palestine. Dr. Weizmann declared, is in the pockets of the Jews, and it is up to them to show the civilized world that they can and will accept and carry out the responsibility they so long pleaded for. Palestine, be said, has room for a million and a half Jews.

“We shall go on building until half a million Jews are in Palestine. This will be a lever to lift the Jewish problem out of the present difficulty. Palestine will become a beacon light for the Jews, and Palestine may give more to America spiritually than America gives to Palestine in money,” Dr. Weizmann stated.

Among the speakers of the evening were Judge Fisher, Judge Hugo Pam, Congressman Sabbath. Samuel Phillipson, Max Shulman, Rabbi Saul Silber. William Sultan, Rabbi Abram Hirschberg and I. B. Pipson.

A meeting of fur workers was held at Cooper Union Thursday night, with an overflow meeting in Webster Hall, Isidore Shapiro presiding. The meeting was called by deposed left wing leaders to protest against the action of the International Fur Workers’ Union and the American Federation of Labor in ousting them and reorganizing local unions.

Chairman Shapiro, Isidore Cohen. Mrs. Fanny Warshafsky, Samuel Liebowitz. Benjamin Gold. Samuel Byro and Lewis Hyman spoke. Gold predicted failure of the ouster movement. A resolution was adopted, pledging the support to the old board.

Louis Untermyer, the poet, whose twenty year-old son, Richard Starr Untermeyer, committed suicide while a student at Yale University six weeks ago, has decided to devote himself to educational work for reducing suicides among the immature.

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