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Sir John Monash Heads the Australian Zionist Federation

September 9, 1928
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(J. T. A. Mall Service)

A call for increased activity in the Australian Zionist Federation was issued by Sir John Monash. Honorary President of the Australian Zionist Federation.

“The establishment of the Australian Zionist Federation marks a new era in the life of the Jewry of our Commonwealth. For the first time, Jews of all States are united for a common purpose. We have joined our fellow Jews all over the world in the task of building up the Jewish Homeland,” he declared.

“The Great Powers have approved the Zionist program and have given us their support. The British Empire has accepted the mandate for Palestine and has challenged Jews of all countries to make use of the unique opportunity of once more making Zion shine in its glory. As Jews living in Australia, we have a double responsibility Both as Jews and as British citizens, we have to do our share in rebuilding the land of Israel and reviving the cultural and spiritual centre of Judaism. We are in honor bound to do our utmost and to make our share a prominent one.

“Jews of Australial In my capacity of Honorary President of the Australian Zionist Federation, I call upon you to join the ranks of the Australian Zionist. Federation. I call upon you to join the ranks of the Australian Zionist Federation to make it into a powerful body and give if the force it requires for its immense task. I am confident that you will do justice to this historical moment.

“Organization is the first step. The Australian Zionist Federation has secured the services of an able organizer, of a man thoroughly acquainted with the needs and problems of Palestine, I understand that the Australian Zionist Federation calls for a minimum of 2,000 members in Victory; 5,000 members in time is the figure aimed at for the whole of Australia. With such an army of organized Zionists. the power to cope with out great task is assured. I rely upon my fellow Jews of Australia to rally and support the Australian Zionist Federation,” the call concluded.

The new Beth David synagogue in Detroit was dedlcated last week before an overflow congregation of 2,000 persons.

A parade preceded the ceremony. Mounted officers and motorcyele patrolmen headed the precession with a 50-pices concert band.

Rabbi Ezekiel Aishisking spiritual leader of the congregation. Henry C. Keywell and Louig Starfield Cohance who presided. who presided. were the speakers.

The new structure was created at a cost of $250.000 and has seating space for 1,600.

Officers of the congregation are: Henry C. Keywell. president; Barney Smolensky. vice-president; Nathan Schreiber, treasurer: Nathan Labowitch, secretary; Members of the board of directers are: Morris Zack, Harry Relensky, Abe Siegel. Isaac Sherman. Barney Welaberg. Benjamin Bragman and Sam Moranz.

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