Plans for the survey of Jewish communal needs in Greater New York for the next 25 years were formulated at a meeting of the Executive Committee for the Jewish Communal Survey of Greater New York under the chairmanship of Dr. Lee K. Frankel, vice-president of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, held Thursday evening at the Jewish Center, 121 West 86th Street.
Dr. Lee K. Frankel was empowered to name an administrative committee with the power to function as an Interim Committee, to work between the sessions of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee consists of thirty-three members and includes Dr. Lee K. Frankel, chairman; David Hyman, secretary and treasurer, Judge Edward Lazansky and Colonel Herbert H. Lehman, vice-chairmen. Dr. I. Edwin Goldwasser, Judge Otto Rosalsky, Walter Rothschild of Brooklyn, Mrs. Sydney Borg, Dr. Julius Goldman and Albert Goldman, Commissioner of Plants and Structure, form the Administrative Committee.
In describing the needs for a Jewish communal survey in Greater New York Dr. Frankel pointed to the fact that with 470 important institutions functioning in Greater New York, with a total budget of $14,000,000, there is at this moment no community-wide plan of organization. In view of the great developments of various communal institutions in the field of philanthropy, it is necessary that an appraisal of the entire situation in Greater New York be made.
The problem will not be approached from the viewpoint of any particular group, but will embrace the entire community and it is hoped that data will be collected showing the future trend of the Jewish population in connection with the various institutions that serve it, Dr. Frankel declared. Some information on the subject is in the possession of the Jewish Welfare Board, the Committee of Regional Plans of the Russell Sage Foundation, the New York Census Committee, the Transit Commission and the Federation of Jewish Charities. All this data will be secured for the survey.
A plan for the carrying out of the survey will be worked out within the next month, and also a budget for the coming year and a sum of $65,000 will be made available for this purpose. Towards the first year’s budget the New York Foundation has contributed $20,000; The Hofheimer Foundation, $10,000; Adolph Lewisohn $5,000, and Ralph and Nathan Jonas, $1,000 each year, for two years.
Judges Joseph Proskauer, Aaron J. Levy, and Otto Rosalsky, Dr. Goldwasser, Sol Stroock, Mr. Hyman, Samuel C. Lamport, Leo Arnstein and Mrs. Alexander Kohut participated in the discussion. Mrs. Kohut suggested the inclusion of women on the Committee.
The initiative to make this communal survey was taken at a meeting held in the Jewish Center on January 24, 1926, at which time the following general committee was formed:
Leo Arnstein, Samuel Bayer, Bernard Block, Herman W. Block, Herman Brickman, James J. Brook, Philip Cowen, Bernard Edelhertz, Dr. Lee K. Frankel, Dr. Harry G. Friedman, Israel Fried-kin, Alexander H. Geismar, Hon. Louis D. Gibbs, Jonah J. Goldstein, Dr. S. S. Goldwater, Max D. Gruber, David M. Heyman, Lester Hofheimer, Samuel C. Lamport, Hon. Edward Lazansky, Solomon Lowenstein, Louis Marshall, Hon. Mitchell May, Walter F. Meyer, David Mossesohn, Abraham Price, Hon. Joseph Proskauer, Gustavus Rogers, Harris Rogers, Hon. Otto A. Rosalsky, Albert Rosenblatt, Walter N. Rothschild, A. E. Rothstein, Samuel Rottenberg, N. Sadowsky, Julius Schwartz, Hon. Isaac Siegel, Fred M. Stein, Max D. Steuer, Israel Unterberg, B. Charney Vladeck, Ludwig Vogelstein.
Courses in the Mishnah and Agadah, modern Hebrew literature, pedagogy, Bible with commentaries and Jewish history are newly introduced in the College of Jewish Studies of Chicago, it was announced by the education committee of the Chicago Jewish charities.
The aim of these courses is to give an opportunity to those who are already teaching Hebrew to perfect themselves, and to train additional teachers of Hebrew for the schools. There is a great demand for them.
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