Fall of ’23 in the Exponent: Prominent Zionist Arrives in U.S. But Where Exactly Did Sir Alfred Mond Go?


In the Roaring ’20s, the Jewish Exponent typically featured two front-page stories — same as today — with a large art element smack in the center of the page.

Sometimes that element was a poem, but more often it was a photo.

And in the issue dated Sept. 28, 1923, that huge photo featured Sir Alfred Mond, who bears a resemblance to Rich Uncle Pennybags, who you probably know better as the Monopoly man.

That comparison is apt because Mond, who also bore the title of first Baron Melchett, was a well-known British industrialist, financier and politician — if Wikipedia is to be trusted. Three years after his U.S. visit, he helped four companies merge to form Imperial Chemical Industries, described as one of the world’s largest corporations of the era. He served as its chairman.

Aside from his business acumen, Mond became an ardent Zionist later in life. Along with becoming president of the British Zionist Foundation, he donated money to the Jewish Colonization Corp. for Palestine. He also was the first president of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and founded the town of Tel Mond in what is now Israel.

The article “written for the Jewish Exponent” by Dr. Isaac Gold discusses Mond’s role at length, but contains one significant omission: There is no mention of when and where Mond is visiting, although the “why” is covered.

“Sir Alfred is to work here in the interest of the Keren Hayesod, to which he himself one of the largest contributors,” the article said, referring to the current-day United Israel Appeal, which was founded in 1920.


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