Haifa (Nov. 8)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
A reception in honor of Col. Josiah Wedgwood was rendered here last night by the Jewish community.
In his address Col. Wedgwood pointed to the progress of Haifa and the development of the Valley of Jezreel. declaring that the Baliour Declaration was not a favor of the British government, but a payment of its debt to the Jewish people for its assistance to the cause of the Allies during the war. Great Britain is not doing any favors, but is obliged to assist in the upbuilding of the National Home,” he stated.
At a reception given in his honor in the evening by the workers council, two Arabs and two Jews spoke. Col. Wedgewood urged unity between Arab and Jewish workers.
Religious training is being provided for 95,000 Jewish children, or 27 per cent of those in New York, says a report on five years’ progress of the Jewish Education Association presented to the directors of that organization Sunday by Israel Unterberg. President. Scholarships and classroom facilities are being increased constantly. The report says the association’s greatest obstacle has been the “indifference of parents to their children’s spiritual welfare.”
A movement to raise a scholarship fund of $500,000 to give religious instruction to Jewish children whose parents cannot afford to send them to schools will be launched soon under the leadership of Jonah J. Goldstein.
Referring to the 95,000 children who receive instruction. the report says:
This number is divided among 300 Talmud Torahs, communty centre and congregational Sunday schools and includes as well those who get some sort of private instruction in their homes.
In New York City parents pay for their children’s religious tuition. The boys and girls who receive our scholarships invariably sign pledges that when they reach adult life they will provide similar opportunity for other children.
The report says the association has given 500 camp scholarships to pupils and has distributed 15,000 medals and certificates. Ivriah, the women’s division organized in the last year, has more than 1,200 members who are interested primarily in Jewish girls.
Preparations for activities for the forthcoming Chanukah holiday on Dec. 1st to 8th among the Jewish men in the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps and in Veterans Bureau hospitals, are being made by the Jewish Welfare Board. Religious services and entertainments will be provided. not only in the United States. but at outlying points, including Manila. Hawaii. and Panama.
The Jewish Welfare Board is also assisting Y. M. H. A.s. Y. W. H. A.s and Community Centers throughout the country in preparing for celebration of the holiday.
The complete personnel of the committee which will collect Philadelphia’s $1,500,000 quota in the United Jewish Campaign, has been announced by Morris Wolf, chairman. Mrs. Jerome H. Louchheim is chairman of the women’s division. She is assisted by Mrs. Frank A. Pfaelzer. The committee includes: Board of Vice Chairmen–Dr. Cyrus Adler, Samuel S. Fels. Charles Edwin Fox. Mrs. Louis Gerstley. Jr., William Gerstley. Ellis A. Gimbel. Jacob Ginsburg. Benjamin M. Golder, Judge William M. Lewis, Colonel Samuel D. Lit, Mrs. Frank A. Pfaelzer, Judge Horace Stern. Mrs. Berthold Strauss. Executive Committee–Jacob D. Lit, chairman: Arthur Bloch, Jacob Edelstein. Alfred W. Fleischer, Lionel Friedman, Stanley Foltz, Charles Gimbel, Joseph J. Greenberg, Albert M. Greenfield. Jules E. Mastbaum. Lessing J. Rosenwald, Benjamin L. Rubinsohn, Louis A. Schnewer, Harry G. Sundheim, Louis Wolf. Assistants to chairman–Nathan Paum. Joseph H. Hage. dorn. William S. Paley. Maxwell Smolens. Treasurer–Maurice L. Wurzel. Publicity Committee. headed by Jacob Billikopf.