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Jewish Labor Urged to Participate in Relief Campaign

Three hundred Jewish labor and social organizations of New York City will participate in a mass conference at the Hotel Biltmore, March 11th, to coordinate their participation in the $6,000,000 United Jewish Campaign of New York of which William Fox is chairman.

The call for the conference reads, in part:

“With the funds that will be raised in this campaign, which is a part of the national effort to raise a $15,000,000 ‘Overseas Chest,’ the Joint Distribution Committee will renew its many branched relief activities in all East European countries. The most solemn consideration must be given to the terrible condition of our people in Poland, and the economic disaster which has overwhelmed them in Russia. A very large proportion of the fund will have to be used for immediate palliative relief just as was the case during the war period.

“During the long years of our relief activities abroad, the Jewish labor-element and the Jewish masses, acting through the People’s Relief Committee always assumed their share of this responsibility, and we are confident that in the new and increased effort that must be made the Jewish workmen and the Jewish masses will do their duty in finest, fullest measure.”

The appeal is signed by the People’s Relief Committee of America, the National Executive of the Workmen’s Circle, United Jewish Trades, National Executive of the Jewish Workmen’s Alliance, Jewish Socialist Federation, Jewish Socialist Labor Party, Poale-Zion and The Forward Association.

At a dinner held Thursday evening, the members of Temple Beth-El of Utica, N. Y., contributed $55,000 towards the building of a new synagogue and community center.

Under the leadership of Joseph Sonneborn, chairman at the building committee and Rabbi Isidor B. Hoffman, a drive for a $200,000 building has been launched.

Rabbi Saul Silber of the Anshe Sholom congregation, Chicago, was unanimously reelected president of the Hebrew Theological Seminary by the board of directors. Others chosen were Rabbi A. I. Cardon, honorary vice-president: Rabbi B. Z. Margolin, Samuel Ginsburg and Samuel Levin, vice-presidents; B. Laserowitz, treasurer; M. Perlstein, recording secretary: H. Hackman, financial secretary: Alex Eisenstein, Louis Bomash, Sol K. Graff, trustees.

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