Silver (1893-1963), born in Lithuania, and moving to the US in 1902, is an influential American, Reform rabbi. Ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1915, he settles in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he serves as a congregational rabbi. A major champion of the Zionist cause, Silver is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Zionist Emergency Council. In his testimony before the Senate, he calls for the abrogation of British policy that dramatically slowed Jewish immigration to Palestine. For the Senators, he recounts Jewish history and Jewish attachment to the land of Israel. Silver notes that Jews had poured more than $600 million into the development of Palestine by 1943 in order to develop their national home. In October 1947, before the UN committs to investigating Palestine’s future, Silver again articulately promotes the right of Jews to establish their state.
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