Jewish Socialists in the United States: The Cahan Debate, 1925-1926 / Edition 1

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In 1925 Abe (Abraham) Cahan, the strong and influential editor of the most important Jewish newspaper, Forward, and an outstanding leader of the Jewish Labor movement in the United States, visited Palestine in order to come to terms with the problem of Jewish mass migration from East Europe. During and following his trip Cahan published his impressions about the Jewish National Home. His publications stirred a public debate, which lasted almost a year, between the supporters and “Bundist” antagonists to Palestine. … A lmost all major leaders in the Jewish labour movement participated in this debate, including Rogoff, Litvak, Panken, Pine, Charny-Vladek, Zivion and Morris Hillquit, one of the major leaders of the SP (the American Socialist Party). A major stronghold of the anti-Zionist Bund movement was, besides eastern Europe, in the United States. The perception of Jewish immigrants was that Palestine would not solve the problems and needs of the Jewish masses. The idea of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine was considered an illusion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781898723981
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260

Table of Contents

Part 1 The telegrams and articles of Abraham (Abe) Cahan appearing in 'forward': Palestine—a different world, 4 October 1925
a Jewish immigrant ship from Russia, 6 October 1925
the situation of the Jews in Russia, 7 October 1925
the halutzim (pioneers), builders of Palestine—problems of Yiddish and the influence of the religious people, 8 October 1925
the socialist settlements in Palestine, 13 October 1925
Jews and Arabs at the Tel Aviv market, 7 November 1925
industry and the future of Palestine, 11 November 1925
all kinds of people and parties in Palestine, 12 November 1925
the flowering of Palestine depends on the welfare of the Arabs, 13 November 1925
the cooperative settlements in Palestine, 14 November 1925
Mendel Elkind and the Gedud Ha'avodah, 17 November 1925
the future of Palestine depends on the success of industry, 20 November 1925
Solel-Boneh and big industry in Palestine, 22 November 1925
what do the Jews of the world find in Zionism? 25 November 1925
the labour movement in Palestine, 9 December 1925
the labour movement in Palestine (continued), 10 december 1925
the work of Solel-Boneh, 12 December 1925
is there a future for Eretz Israel? 15 December 1925
what is the meaning of 'to build Eretz Israel?' 16 December 1925. Part 2 The debate (in order of appearance of the participants): Zivion (Dr Ben-Zion Hoffman), 28 December 1925 (continued), 29 December 1925
Max Pine, 2 January 1926
Baruch Charney-Vladek, 9 January 1926
Dr Isser Ginsburg, 15 January 1926 (continued), 16 January 1926
Abraham Litvak, 23 January 1926
Hillel Rogoff, 30 January 1926
Judge Jacob Panken,6 February 1926
Sara Broyland, 14 February 1926
Jacob Lestchinsky, 20 February 1926
Alexander Kahn, 27 February 1926
David Einhorn, 8 March 1926
Dr Chaim Spivak, 13 March 1926
S. Rabinowitz, 22 March 1926
Morris Hillquit—his position on Palestine, 18 April 1926. Part 3 Summing up the debate: The articles on Palestine, Abraham (Abe) Cahan. 6 May 1926, 7 May 1926, and 10 May 1926.
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