Already in late 1921, Einstein seems to have envisaged a visit to Palestine,
where he could view for himself the settlement activities of the Yishuv, the local Jewish community. At the time, Chaim Weizmann advised him that “there is as yet no great urgency to travel to Palestine.” But shortly before his departure from Berlin for Japan, Einstein conferred with German Zionist Kurt Blumenfeld and confirmed that he had accepted the invitation of Arthur Ruppin, the director of the Palestine bureau, to visit the country for ten days.
The Einsteins were greeted at the Lod railway station by senior Zionist officials, including Menachem Ussishkin, president of the Zionist Executive; Ben-Zion Mossinson, member of the General Zionist Council and director of the Herzliya Gymnasium; and Colonel Frederick H. Kisch, director of the political department of the Zionist Executive. They continued by train to Jerusalem, where they were reunited with Solomon Ginzberg, the British Mandate’s inspector of education, who had served as Einstein’s secretary during his tour of the United States in spring 1921.