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ZOA to Move Headquarters from Washington; Prepares Drive for World Zionist Congress

December 27, 1945
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The Zionist Organization America will move its headquarters from Washington to New York, it was decided here last night at a meeting of its executive at which the Zionist political situation was discussed.

Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, reporting on his visit to Palestine, said that the World Zionist Executive; which met recently in Jerusalem, had decided that the fortbooming World Zionist Congress – the first since 1939 – should take place in Palestine during the summer. It was also decided, he revealed, to launch a huge campaign among Jews throughout the world for the buying of a Shekel which entitles a person to vote in the election for delegates to the Congress. This campaign, he explained, is to serve as a kind of a referendum signifying the extent of Jewish solidarity with Zionism. He urged the organization in the United States of the widest possible Shekel drive in order to enable American Zionists to play a decisive role at the Congress.

Following a report from Dr. Emanuel Neumann on Zionist activities in Washington, the ZOA executive decided to transfer to the American Zionist Emergency Council its invitation to send representatives to the hearings of the Anglo-American Inquiry Committee on Palestine which are to open on Jan. 7. The executive adopted ananimously a resolution expressing thanks to Dr. Neumann for his activities in Washington.

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