Middle Atlantic States “y” Federation Holds Its 12th Annual Convention
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Middle Atlantic States “y” Federation Holds Its 12th Annual Convention

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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

One hundred and fifty delegates representing Y. M. H. A.s, and Y. W. H. A.s and community centers of Norfolk, Richmond and Newport News, Va., and Baltimore and Washington, attended the twelfth annual convention of the Middle Atlantic States Federation of Y. M. H. A.s and Y. W. H. A.s held here on Wednesday and Thursday.

Isadore Abelson, field secretary of the Jewish Welfare Board, and David Wiener, president of the Federation, presented the annual reports of he activities of the Federation. The executive committee adopted plans for the activities of the affiliated organizations, including a decision to hold an inter-association program during the coming year, to consist of oratorical contests, debates, athletic events and an essay contest.

Mayor T. B. Jones and vice-mayor Harry Reyner welcomed the delegates in behalf of the city at a luncheon conference. Harry Greenstein of Baltimore and Ben Blechman of Newport News also addressed the conference.

David Wiener was re-elected president for the coming year. The vice-presidents elected include Miss Daisy Goodman of Norfolk, Louis R. Baider of Richmond and Theodore Beskin of Newport News. Miss Minnie Hutt of Washington was elected secretary and Miss Reba Cohn of Richmond, treasurer.

An oratorical contest held in the Graff Memorial Building concluded the sessions of the convention. Albert H. Blum of Baltimore was the winner of the first prize.


The estate of Oscar S. Straus, American Jewish diplomat and scholar, was appraised at $1,131,909, net, by Maurice A. Stephenson in the office of the New York State Tax Commission.

All but $37,494 will go to his family.

Mr. Straus’s political and social interests, shown during his life by his being Minister to Turkey, Ambassador to Turkey, Secretary of Commerce under President Roosevelt, member of the Hague Tribunal and worker in other civic enterprises, was evidenced by the books and manuscripts willed to his family.

Specific legacies totaling $37,494 were made known with the probate of Mr. Straus’s will, shortly after his death. He gave to the Authors’ Club $5,000; Brown University, Providence, $10,000; United Hebrew Charities, $10,000; Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, Philadelphia, $10,000, and to the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Palestine, books worth $2,494.

Mayor Walker will speak at a testimonial dinner to Moses D. Mosessohn, executive director of the United Women’s Wear League of America, at the Plaza Hotel Sunday. December 5. The dinner is sponsored by the league and the business men’s council of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies.

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