Omaha, Neb (Oct. 26)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
Conferences for the organization of state-wide committees to assist in raising $2,000,000 for the Independent Order B’nai B’rith are now being held by the seven District Lodges of the Order throughout the country, it was announced today by Henry Monsky, of Omaha, chairman of the campaign. During the month of November forty State conferences will be held through which it is expected six thousand workers will be enlisted from the ranks of the Order, to insure the support of American Jews for the $2,000,000 drive. Mr. Monsky said that quotas would shortly be announced. Dr. Boris D. Bogen is executive director of the campaign.
The first district to be organized was No. 3, which takes in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Joseph L. Kun, of Philadelphia, is chairman of this District, and the State chairmen who will be associated with him in the district campaign are Leonard S. Levin of Pittsubrgh, chairmen for Pennsylvania, Louis Rosenblatt of Wilmington, Delaware, chairman for Delaware; Harry Kaufman, Charleston, W. Va., chairman for West Virginia.
The organization conference of District No. 5, which includes Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia, took place recently. Henry A. Alexander of Atlanta, Ga., is chairman of this district.
Districts No. 2 and 6 have also effected an organization. The former district which includes Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio and Wyoming, is headed by Emil Mayer of St. Louis, as district chairman. In District 6 which includes Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin, organization plans are also under way.
JEWISH COMMUNAL ACTIVITIES
Plans to increase the attendance of children in religious schools are being considered by the United Synagogue of America, following a survey of thirty-two synagogue schools in this city with a registration of 5,000 pupils just completed by the Education Committee of the New York branch.
The survey, which was made public by Rabbi Elias Margolis, was conducted by Rabbi Alter F. Landesman, Rabbi Max Kadushin and Jacob Grossman, educational director of the United Synagogue.
It points out that in the thirty two schools only four have a registration of 300, and that for the rest the registration trails down to 100. Only 42 per cent are children of members of the congregation, and of the 5,000 children covered by the survey, 1,000 attend only on Sundays and the remainder two or three days of the week.
“The fact that almost all our religious schools are small, having on the average about 125 children, is a matter of grave concern,” the survey states. “We must realize that almost all of these congregational schools are located in Jewish neighborhoods where there are no other institutions for the purpose of providing Jewish instruction. We are struck by the fact that there are certain sections in this city, as for example Washington Heights and the west side, where there are no Talmud Torahs.”
A dinner will be given next Sunday in honor of Dr. Moses Einhorn on the occasion of his return from Palestine.
Dr. Einhorn organized the Alumni Association of the Herzlia Gymnasium, the Tel Aviv Hebrew high school, in many countries.
The committee arranging the dinner is composed of Abraham Goldberg, Chairman; Abraham Berg. Secretary; and the following: Mrs. Ida Aidack, Samuel Blitz, Charles A. Cowen, Dr. B. B. Crohn, Mrs. Ida S. Danziger, David Isaacs, Isidor Kushner, Louis Lipsky, B. Levinson, Dr. Jacob Ravidovitz, Davidsohn, Morris Sandberg, Mark Stone, and Dr. Stephen S. Wise.
JEWISH COMMUNAL ACTIVITIES
Final plans for the cornerstone laying of the Yeshiva of America will be made on Sunday, October 31, when delegates from 1,000 orthodox congregations and educational institutions throughout the city, will meet at Hotel Pennsylvania.
The program for the cornerstone laying which will be held December 5, will center around the congregations of New York and will bring together distinguished Jews and American scholars from all parts of the country, it is planned.
Speakers at the conference will include Judge Otto A. Rosalsky, Chairman of the Program Committee for the Cornerstone Laying; Gedaliah Bublick, Chairman of Congregations Committee; Harris L. Selig, Executive Director; Samuel Levy, Chairman of the Executive Committee; and Samuel C. Lamport, Chairman of Banquet Committee for Cornerstone Laying.
The first annual convention of the Metropolitan League of Jewish Community Associations of New York, affiliated with the Jewish Welfare Board, will be held at the 92nd Street Y. M. H. A., New York City, next Sunday. Mayor James J. Walker will extend the greetings of the City to the conference, which represents a membership of 60,000 and has properties, including Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association buildings and other Jewish community buildings in Greater New York, valued at $4,500,000. The annual maintenance of the activities of the Metropolitan League of Community Associations, of which Sol M. Stroock is the president, amounts to more than $1,000,000.
Sol M. Stroock, president, will preside at the sessions.
Cantor Seidel Rovner, composer of synagogue music, will sail for Palestine after a residence of twelve years in Brooklyn. Cantor Rovner is 71 years old.
Cantors A. Roitman and H. Hershman, Mme. Margaret Matzenauer of the Metropolitan Opera Company, Toscha Seidel, and Melville Barsuk, will participate in a farewell concert to Cantor Rovner at Madison Square Garden next Sunday.