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PAGE EIGHT THE .TRANSCRIPT DECEMBER 28, 1942 Plot Fight on Zionism at Secret Meetings (Continued from Page 7) venture. It was Rabbi Gerstenfeld, sec-: onded by Rabbi Philipson, who proposed that $25,000 be raised in one month, that Wallaeh be en- gaged and a program be worked out for the year. The motion car- ried. After adjournment for lunch, Dr. Goldenson started off the afternoon proceedings by read- ing, as though it were a docu- ment from the patron saint, the letter in the New York Times of November 1 from Dr. Judah L. Magnes, President of the Hebrew University. Each of the men, led off by Rabbi Philipson, explained how he was going to raise funds in his city for this crusade. With Rabbi Lazaron as chairman, a committee was appointed to formulate objectives. O t h e r members were Goldenson, Schachtel, Gerstenfeld a n d Fineshriber. Report of Second Meeting The second meeting of the group, called in the same temple on No- vember 23, heard a letter read from Rabbi Jonah B. Wise of New York, a National Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and fund- raising chairman of the Joint Dis- tribution Committee, who described a meeting held in New York on November 16 to consider purposes in which Rabbi Wolsey's group was extremely interested. Rabbi Wise dismissed the im- portance of the answer to the 95 anti-Zionist Rabbis signed by 733 Rabbis. He declared that only 199 of the 476 members of the Cen- tral Conference of American Rab- bis were included. He pointed out that neither Dr. Julian Morgen- stern, president of the Hebrew Union College, nor Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, president of Jewish Theological Seminary, had joined the 733 Rabbis. A report on a meeting which he and Rabbi Wolsey had had with Morris Wolf, a member of the American Jew- ish Committee, was given by Rabbi Fine- shriber. T h e m o s t violent clash in the long history of the American Jewish C o m - mittee is now in progress. Wolf is al- Morris Wolf leged to have said that if the candidate who succeeds Maurice Wertheim is non- Zionist, he and his group would supply the Lazaron-Wolsey com- bination with funds. If the anti- Zionists failed to gain control of the American Jewish Committee, they might secede and their funds would be available in any case. In either case, Rabbi Fineshriber was assured by Wolf that sums far ex- ceeding the hoped-for $25,000 would become available. Rabbi Wise Letter Read Another letter was then read by Rabbi Wolsey from Rabbi Jonah B. Wise. In it the latter described a meeting in New York on No- vember 16. Those present were Alan M. Stroock, son of the late president of the American Jewish Committee; William Rosenwald, president of the National Refugee Service and a National Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal; Paul Baerwald, honorary chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee; Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, who, in four years, made no contribution to the United Jewish Appeal on the ground of his principle objec- tions to Palestine; Edward M. M. Warburg, a lieutenant and chair- man of the Joint Distribution Com- mittee; Mauriee Hexter, once a member of the Jewish Agency Ex- ecutive in Jerusalem; George Back- er, president of the Jewish Tele- graphic Agency; Samuel Leidesdorf, treasurer of the New York United Jewish Appeal; Edgar Nathan, Manhattan Borough president; Hen- ry S. Hendrieks, and Henry Ittle- son, head of Commercial Invest- ment Trust, who, in 1942, reduced his contribution to the United Jewish Appeal to $50,000 from the $100,000 level of the previous year. Excuses for absence were sent by Judge Samuel Rosenman, con- fidant of President Roosevelt; Lew- is Rosentiel, head of Schenley Dis- tillers; Nathan Ohrbach ,New York merchant, and Alexander Kahn managing editor of the Jewish Daily Forward. Joseph M. Pros- kauer, leading and violent anti- Zionist candidate for the presidency of the American Jewish Commit- tee, conveyed his views to the group in a letter. Big Story in N. Y. Times Rabbi Wise told the Philadelphia meeting in his letter to Rabbi Wol- sey that the New York gathering of November 16 had reached cer- tain conclusions on their common interests and that Maurice Hexter had been instructed to report as soon as possible on a program of procedure and an outline of prob- able enterprise. Rabbi Wise con- cluded that he and Rabbi Golden- son were very much pleased with the results of the meeting. There is no doubt, Rabbi Jonah Wise reported, that these laymen mean business. What the Zionists regarded as a victory for them- selves the men present at the Rabbi Wise meeting regarded, on the con- trary, as a victory for their own viewpoint. The reference was to a big story in the New York Times (whose publisher was present at the Wise meeting and who is re- lated by marriage to Rabbi Wise), headed"733 Rabbis Rebuke Anti- Zionist Jews." The anti-Zionists at the Wise meeting regarded the story as an evidence of progress and as giving public notice that not all American Jews were Zion- ists. At this point Rabbi Israel Gold- stein, president of the Synagogue Council, came in for sharp criticism from Rabbi Schachtel, who charged that Goldstein was using the Syna- gogue Council for Zionist purposes. He reported that he had secured; the consent of Rabbi James Heller for a change in the constitution to permit, hereafter, a vote by major- ity instead of unanimously. As criticism was offered, letters were read in criticism of Rabbi Julius Gordon of St. Louis for his activi- ties as chairman of the Committee on Palestine of the C.C.A.R. He was alleged to be acting without authority. Rabbi Heller and Rabbi Barnett Brickner of Cleveland were charged with maling replacements J on C.C.A.R. commissions of Zion-] ists almost exclusively. I During the discussion on the] question of an executive director, I it was pointed out that Sidney] Wallach had advised that it would be better for a Rabbi than for a layman to be chosen. Rabbi Elmer Berger was then selected, to obtain i"a salary commensurate with the l position." A lay public relations a constitution. They will submit their work to Lazaron, Wolsey, David Lefkowitz of Dallas, Julian Feibelman of New Orleans, Irving Reichert of San Francisco, Louis Binstock of Chicago and Dr. Leo Franklin, retired Detroit Rabbi. The management of a lecture bureau, to send speakers all over the country to spread anti-Zion- ism, was entrusted to Solomon Fos- ter, retired Rabbi of Newark, who will operate the bureau from his home. Rabbi Foster reported he had already obtained $1,500 in Newark for his work. The Rabbis, who continuously emphasize that they are in favor of the upbuilding of Palestine al- though they oppose Zionism, agreed that it would be an excellent thing to have their next meeting in New York on Dec. 7, because it was the day following the meeting of the National Council of the United Palestine Appeal, which is a non- partisan fund-raising organization for Palestine. They could then deal with the subject matter of that meeting. State Department's Position Rabbi Fineshriber then told the gathering that a prominent Wash- ington ofieial, not indicating wheth- er this might be Lessing Rosen- wald, chief of the Salvage Di- vision, a Philadelphian, had learn- ed from the StateDepartment, which has the final authority with respect to the American attitude toward Palestine, that it had not yielded to the pressure brought by the Zionists on Congressmen. On the contrary, Rabbi Fineshri- ber's highly placed informant al- leged, the State Department was considerably annoyed by it. Rabbi Lazaron then Urged all anti-Zionists to attend en masse the Institute of Justice And Peace, being held at the Hebrew Union College on Dec. 21-24. He thought attempts would be made to issue a Zionist-colored statement. It was also deciOed to ask Mau- rice Wertheim, retiring president of the American Jewish Committee, to meet with Rabbis Lazaron, Fine- shriber and Wolsey to discuss meth- ods of securing money from "his" contingent of the committee. Rabbi Schachtel urged commu- nication with Secretary of the In- terior Harold Ickes to inform him of the anti-Zionist cause before he addressed the United Palestine Appeal conference in New York on Dec. 6. Rabbi Lazaron said that he would arrange for this through his contacts. (At the U.P.A. gather- ing, Ickes said nothing whatever about Palestine). And that is how the meeting closed: with the decision to meet again on Dec. 7, a date notorious in history for the treacherous Japa- nese attack on America by a group which had secretly planned its deed for months while publicly express- ing its good will and sympathy. Herzl Observes Day of Mourning Herzl Conservative Congregation observed a day of mourning for the massacred Jews of occupied Europe Sunday with special prayers and services in the afternoon. Speakers included the Rev. Dr. Newton E. Moats, president of the Seattle Council of Churches; Henry T. Ivers, representing Catholic laymen; Judge Clay Allen and Rabbi Franklin Cohn. Sacred music was presented by Cantor Joseph Shiffman. 4 Men Elected To JDC Group Frederick V. Fisher, Louis Fried- lander, Herman I. Keisler and Leo H. Weisfield have been elected to the national council of the Ameri- can Jewish Joint Distribution Com- mittee, the council's New York headquarters announced. Seattle men already serving on the committee are Max Block, Leo T. Kreilsheimer, Richard E. Lang, Melville Monheimer, Alfred She- manski and Joel Staadecker. RABBI IISE ILL Scheduled to meet with com- munity leaders here on December 17, Rabbi Jonah B. Wise tele- graphed from San Francisco that illness prevented his trip to Seattle. .. TO LICK THE AXIS adviser, to be Wallach, was also agreed upon, the actual choice to await the gathering of funds. Rabbi Wolsey phoned Rabbi Berger and received his "enthusiastic accept- ance." Rabbi Fineshriber then summed up the achievements of the group: 1. we have stirred up the Zionists and the coun- try at large to a realization of the opposition; 2. we have started the first effective col- lective action on the part of American Rabbis in opposition to Jewish nationalism; 3. Rabbi Lazaron has to his credit the achievement of wide publicity for Arthur Hays Sulzberger's anti-Zionist speech in Balti- more; 4. we have 96 actively interested Rabbis. Rabbi Lazaron reported that he has already received some funds for his so-called Lay-Rabbinic Committee, the forerunner of what is now the Council of American Judaism, a name unanimously chosen after Rabbi Lazaron had suggested it. It was pointed out that the name has several ad- vantages: 1. It meets the desires of the financial backers; 2. it meets the request of Adolph Rosenberg, president of the Union of Amer- ican Hebrew Congregations, for emphasis on Americanism; 3. it def- ines the aims of the group, it was: said. " Rabbi William Rosenblum of New York was chosen chairman of a committee, with Rabbis Schachtel and Nathan Perilman, assistant to Rabbi Goldenson, to draw up incorporation papers and THE ELECTRIC POWER POOL HE PACIFIC NORTHWEST is an empire of electric power, more highly developed than any comparable region ................... anywhere. On December 7, 1941, this empire of electric power went to wad TODAY it is ALL linked together to lick the Axis. Every important public and private system in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah Is now inter- connected so as to form one Giant Pool of electric power--assuring maximum war- time utilization of our power resources. Here is a "Victory Pool" of power.., with government projects, municipal systems and private electric companies working side by side for a common cause. Here is ASSURANCE of continued all-out war produc- tion . . . and INSURANCE against wartime dislocations of service in any section. Tied together into this big pool are 117 hydro and steam generating plants and thousands of miles of transmission lines operated by the major public and private systems of the area. In addition, there are many smaller units and industrial plants. This Victory network includes: PRIVATE COMPANIES--Idaho Power Company, Montana Power Company, Northwestern Elec- tric Company, Pacific Power & Light Company, Portland General Electric Company, Puget Sound Power & Light Company, Utah Power & Light Company and Washington Water Power Company. FEDERAL PROJECTS'Bonneville and Grand Coulee. MUNICIPAL SYSTEMS--Cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Eugene. In this big pool of power are more than 2,500,000 kilowatts of electric generating capacity. In smple terms one kilowatt is equal to the actual physical strength and energy of 14 strong men . . . so this pool of power represents the actual strength and power of 35,000,000 men. Sketched aboe are just a taw o] the important plants in the giant interconnected, pool ot electricity, linked together ]or the Battle o Production. Only one plant is ,hewn ]or each,o] the prtattand municipal systems in the area, although each has several. The plant, ares ].--Ctty at Tacoma s i; .--Ctty o] Seattle's it J.--Puget Sound Power  Light Company',i; 4--Federal go,trflnlentl alEll; ,5.-.The Washington Igater Power Company's i; 6.--Montana Power Company,. m; 7.--titan rower  Lsght Company', It 8.--Idaho Power Company't .|.mlm; 9.--Poetic Power f Itgtlt Lomanytm; IU.--l'eoerel goernment', t l l.--Portland General Flectrt', it 12.--Northwestern Electrtc t, ompany , t /./.-City o] Eugene's it *These are sketches of actual plant,, but in gvartime we heJitate to identl]y them. For the same tea,on, the plants are not placed on the map at their exact locations.