150 Cities of America Seek $40,000,000 in Community Chest Drives

A nation-wide movement to fill community chests of $40,000,000 in 150 cities of the United States will be launched in the week beginning Nov. 7. Minneapolis, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Cleveland seek a total of $20,000,000. Of these cities Cleveland, with a chest of $4,600,000 heads the list.

The second largest community chest is that of Philadelphia, $3,500,000. For third place, Detroit and Los Angeles are tied, with $3,200,000. Other cities that will start movements in the middle of November to raise their chest funds include:

Akron, Birmingham, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Hartford. Boston. Indianapolis, Montreal. Newark, Portland, Richmond and Scranton. Their chest budgets, which represent distributions of funds among hospitals, nurseries and other types of charity and welfare agencies, vary from $500,000 to $950,000.

Among the smaller cities that will endeavor to raise chests ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 are Albany, Aurora, Auburn, Bay City, Bridgeport, Brockton, Chattanooga, Des Moines, Eric, Galveston, Holyoke, Vernon, Nashville, New Bedford, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Tacoma and Worcester.

The idea of the community chest originated during the war, to obviate the confusion of numerous charity and relief fund drives, often duplicating one another. Under the plan all charitable and welfare agencies in a community budget their requirements and make a joint campaign for the money necessary to defray the expenses of the budget. The collection and distribution of funds are under the direction of a central committee. Institutions which are affiliated with the community chest agree not to conduct any separate drive for funds.

Plans are being made for the new synagogue of the Temple Adath Israel, to be built at the southwest corner of One Hundred and Sixty-ninth Street and the Grand Concourse, Bronx, N. Y., it was announced by Rabbi Philip Alstat, of the congregation. The present quarters of the temple are at No. 10 Elliott Pl.

A campaign for funds for the new building will be undertaken shortly, under the direction of David Pasmantier, president of the congregation.

The Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities began its campaign for $1,000,000 at a dinner of the business men’s council at the Unity Club. Brooklyn, N. Y., last night. Justice Mitchell May of the Supreme Court is president of the federation.

Headquarters of the campaign will be at the Hotel St. George. Serving with Jack Gumpert, vice-president of the federation, in the trades campaign committee, are Ralph Jonas, Major Benjamin H. Namm, Herman Neaderland. Manasser Miller, Walter N. Rothschild, Hugh Grant Strauss, Nathan S. Jonas, B. L. Brown, A. N. Bernstein and George Boochever.

The campaign will be conducted among the various trades, councillors having been appointed for each division.

Jacob Fishman, managing editor of the “Jewish Morning Journal,” was feted at a banquet given by the editorial staff of the newspaper in honor of his tenth anniversary as managing editor of the paper. All the members of the staff, including Peter Wiemik, editor-in-chief, and Israel Friedkin publisher, were present.

In the addresses delivered the achievements of Mr. Fishman and the successful carrying out of the duties of his office were praised.

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