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organisation of Zionist Jewry consists at present of about one thousand
societies, which are engaged in a most zealous activity. As for general
organisations that embrace entire Jewry, Zionism possesses the territorial
federation of its societies, the Great and the Small Actions Committee,
and lastly, the Congress, which maintains a permanent secretarial bureau
expenses of this apparatus are covered by Zionists by means of a voluntary
annual contribution, called the Shekel, according to the name of the
ancient Jewish coin, which is equivalent to 50 kopecks in Russia and to a
standard unit in the western countries (one mark, one franc, one shilling,
etc.) The payment of the Shekel confers the right of electing a
representative to the Congress.
possesses an official organ in the German weekly, " Die Welt,"
published in Vienna. Its ideas are represented, moreover, by nearly forty
periodicals in Hebrew, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, English, French,
and Roumanian, as "well as in the Judaeo-German and Judaeo-Spanish
and high-grade Institutes.
has founded numerous schools and institutions for higher education, and
it has lately begun to win a place on Jewish communal boards, in order to
devote the funds of the communities to objects of national Jewish
education, training, and culture, to a greater extent than prevailed on
the part of anti-national or thoughtless leaders.
To strengthen Jewish sentiment and national self-consciousness."
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