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The Maccabaean, July 1914, Vol. 25: The Rochester Convention

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Published September 27th 2015
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Excerpt from The Maccabaean, July 1914, Vol. 25: The Rochester ConventionTimed as a greeting to Dr. Schmarya Levin, Mr. Jacob H. Schiff issued a letter, addressed to The American Hebrew, which may be regarded as his organ, in which he attributed theMoreExcerpt from The Maccabaean, July 1914, Vol. 25: The Rochester ConventionTimed as a greeting to Dr. Schmarya Levin, Mr. Jacob H. Schiff issued a letter, addressed to The American Hebrew, which may be regarded as his organ, in which he attributed the resignation of the American directors of the Haifa Technicum to the reprehensible methods of a comparatively small group of Jewish nationalists, and advised Jewry to consider well any further increase of interest in Palestine projects and affairs.The letter read as follows:To The American Hebrew:At various times - last in your issue of the 26th inst. - the assertion has been made in public print that my interest in the Haifa Technicum and consequent contribution to its building fund, became evoked through Dr. Schmarya Levin, who is one of the leaders of the Jewish Nationalist Movement.While I have heretofore not deemed it worth while to take any notice of this assertion, it is high time because of its frequent repetition, that I state once for all, that this statement is entirely incorrect. It was not Dr. Levin, but Dr. Paul Nathan of Berlin, who first acquainted me with the plan to erect at Haifa a Jewish institution for technical education in all its branches, and because of the earnestness with which Dr. Nathan demonstrated to me what could be done through the medium of such an institution in the raising of the cultural level and the possibilities of the rising generation of Palestinian Jews, I became interested in the project.My interest became, to no small extent, further stimulated because of the prospect which here opened itself for the German, Russian and American Jew, for the Orthodox, the Reformer, the Zionist and the anti-Zionist to co-operate harmoniously in the cause of cultural elevation and progress in Palestine.Unfortunately, in the end, things have turned out entirely different from what had been expected in the beginning, and instead of the harmony in the governing body of the institution, the seat of which is in Berlin, which had prevailed for four or five years, serious differences arose just at the time the extensive buildings of the Technicum were almost completed and the institution was about ready to be thrown open to the Palestinian youth.These differences became, no doubt, so acute because of the obstinacy of both sides to the controversy which had arisen, but the fact stands out incontrovertibly that a small minority in the government body, led by Dr. Levin, by their hasty resignation and inopportune agitation, brought about consequences which - notwithstanding the efforts of the American curators, who were a unit in their conclusions - have finally led to the breakdown of the project when almost on the point to be realized and when upwards of $300,000 had already been expended upon it.While I earnestly hope that ways and means may be found to resurrect the Technicum, so that it may yet become dedicated to the great purpose it was intended for, the deplorable occurrences that have in the end led to its present break-down, have clearly shown that Palestinian affairs are swayed by what I believe to be a comparatively small group of Jewish Nationalists, who, while continually clamoring for the support and co-operation of international Jewry for Palestinian work of every character, will not hesitate to stoop to employ the most reprehensible means in order to accomplish, forcibly, if needed, their own purposes and designs.International, and in particular American Jewry, had better carefully consider how far in such a state of affairs, it is advisable for the time being to increase its interest in and support of Palestinian projects and affairs.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com