American Zionist Emergency Council
- Existence: 1943
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Collection consists of 7 items relating to Silver's efforts to further the Zionist cause during the 1940s and 1950s. It contains a 1940 letter from Silver as Chairman of the United Palestine Appeal to the Joint Distribution Committee with respect to a proposed joint fundraising campaign. Also included are 3 pamphlets relating to the controversy of 1944-45 regarding what the wartime approach of the Zionist's cause to the American government should be and over which Silver resigned as co-chairman of the American Zionist Emergency Council due to his advocacy of a more aggressive approach than was being taken. A 1955 Zionist Organization of America bulletin, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Jews in North America, which contains an essay by Silver entitled "Zionism in American Jewry" is also included. Also contains documents regarding two tribute dinners held in Silver's honor, one in 1947 on his departure to Palestine, and one in 1954 sponsored by the Brookline-Brighton-Newton Zionist District in Massachusetts.
Consists of two letters written by Chaim Weizmann to American Zionists: a thank you letter to Jacob Cohen (1939) and an invitation to a meeting between Weizmann and the members of the American Emergency Committee for Zionist Affairs sent to Arthur Lourie (1942), the executive secretary of the Committee.