Philadelphia (Mar. 31)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
David A Brown, national chairman of the United Jewish Campaign, declared here Sunday night that he will request the Joint Distribution Committee to change the $15,000,000 quota hitherto agreed upon to $25,000,000.
“If I had to do this work over again,” said Mr. Brown in addressing hundreds of delegates from Eastern Pennsylvania assembled to plan their share in the campaign, “I would not come to the Jews of America with a request for $15,000,000 as I did last September. I now see how woefully inadequate this sum is. I would ask for $50,000,000, and I am confident that I would get it. Next week, when the directors of the Joint Distribution Committee meet, I am going to ask them to change the quota to $25,000,000. I know that they will accede to my request and I know too that the Jews of America will make good that quota.”
Philadelphia’s quota was fixed at $2,000,000. Albert M. Greenfield and Jules E. Mastbaum, leaders in philanthropic work in this community, announced that they will arrange within the next few weeks to forward the sum of $250,000 to the national headquarters on account of the money to be raised in this city sometime in October. This sum was personally guaranteed by Jules Mastbaum, Albert M. Greenfield and several others. Similar underwriting of another $50,000 by representatives of other communities raised the amount of cash from Eastern Pennsylvania to $300,000.
The $10,000,000 increase in the original quota of $15,000,000 set for the national campaign was necessary. Mr. Brown explained, because of the increasing misfortunes of Jews in Russia, Poland and other parts of Southeastern Europe.
“If you could only see the dire position of the Jews of Europe as I have seen it,” said Mr. Brown, “you would work with all your might to aid them. The Jews of Europe are a fine, intelligent piece in the body of Israel. I am paying you a compliment when I say that a cross section of American Israel would compare favorably with a similar cross section of European Israel.”
Dr. Cyrus C. Adler, president of Dropsie College, who presided at the conference, explained that while he regretted the circumstances which made it necessary to bring the leaders of Israel together, he was pleased at the extraordinary response which augured well for that which they will be called upon to do.
Judge Horace Stern was chairman of the nominating committee; Jules E. Mastbaum of the Quota Committee and Albert M. Greenfield of the campaign dates.
The officers elected for Eastern Pennsylvania are: Honorary Zone Chairman, Dr. Cyrus Adler; Zone Chairman, Albert H. Lieberman; Zone Vice-Chairmen, Lessing Rosenwald, Hon. Benj. M. Golder, Samuel Samter, Scranton; Alex Luria, Reading, J. K. Weitzenkorn, Wilkes Barre. Charles Kline, Allentown; Zone Treasurer. Maurice L. Wurtzel; Zone Executive Committee: Philadelphia Campaign Chairman, Morris Wolf; Philadelphia Campaign Treasurer, Maurice L Wurtzel.
Zone Campaign Committee: Allentown, H. Rockmacker; Bethlehem, Aaron Potruch, Morris Black; Bristol, Jos. Wagman; Chester, A. W. Wolson; Coatesville, I. Goldberg, A. M. Suckle; Easton, Louis Ralph; Harrisburg, David Kaufman, Simon Michelowitz, Jos. Claster; Lancaster, Dr. I. Rosenthal, L. Lurio, R. M. Granat; Lebanon, Albert Coons, Julius Caplan; Mount Carmel, Wm. Grossman, Jos. Levine; Olyphant, J. S. Mandel, Louis Raker; Pottstown, Harry Magitson, Adolph Price; Pottsville, M. H. Spicker, Louis Holstein; Reading, Abe Blumberg, Sig Schivermer; Scranton, M. L. Goodman, A. B. Cohen, Ralph Levy; Sunbury, Harry Weis, H. M. Markley; Wilkes Barre, Neuman Kantor, Felix Levy; Williamsport, Ben Hirsch, Henry Myers; York, Max Grumacher; Carbondale, M. L. Kaufman; Hazleton, Max Friedlander, Julius Hymen; Norristown, Abe Sablosky; Pittston, I. B. Gompertz, Dr. Rubenstein; Shenandoah, Morris Oppenheim, Harry Goldin.
The tentative quotas assigned to the larger Jewish communities in Eastern Pennsylvania are as follows:
Allentown, $50,000; Bethlehem, $10,000; Bristol, $5,000; Carbondale, $5,000; Chester, $15,000; Coatesville, $3,000; Dickson City, $1,500; Easton, $15,000; Harrisburg, $25,000; Hazleton, $1,000: Lancaster, $30,000; Lebanon, $6,000: Lockhaven, $1,500; Mahonoy City, $4,500; Mauch Chunk, $1,500; Mount Carmel, $3,000; Norristown, $30,000; Olyphant, $3,000; Pottstown, $5,000: Pittston, $6,000; Pottsville, $9,000; Reading, $50,000; Scranton, $65,000; Shamokin, $1,000; Shenandoah, $4,500; Sunbury and Milton, $3,000; Wilkes Barre, $60,000; Williamsport, $7,500; York, $15,000.
The new synagogue of the Beth Israel Congregation of Roanoke, Va., was dedicated in the presence of members of the congregation and visitors. Rabbi J. L. Halm, of New York, former head of the Beth Israel synagogue, delivered the dedicatory sermon. The synagogue was erected at a cost of $70,000.