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N. J. “y” Federation Convention Urges Wider Scope for Jewish Activities

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

A plea for liberalization of America’s present immigration policy was made yesterday by former Governor Edward C. Stokes in an address to the delegates assembled for the sixteenth annual convention of the New Jersey Federation of Y.M.H.A.’s and Y.W.H.A.’s which was held here Saturday night and Sunday. Mr. Stokes, who has announced his candidacy in 1928 for the Republican nomination for United States Senator, cited the progress made by the Jews of this country as an argument for a liberal immigration policy.

Mr. Stokes spoke at a luncheon meeting at which the other speakers were Mayor Frederick W. Donnelly of this city and Felix Fuld, of Newark, president of the Federation. Assistant United States District Attorney Philip Forman, of this city, was toastmaster.

Rabbi Louis Wolsey, of Philadelphia was the principal speaker at the banquet Sunday night. Dr. Charles Elliott, State Commissioner of Education, was another speaker at the banquet at which William Rice of Trenton, presided.

Rpresentatives of more than twenty communities in the state attended the convention. By acclamation the delegates elected Felix Fuld, of Newark, president of the Federation for the sixth consecutive time. Philip H. Bruskin, of New Brunswick, and Philip Dimond of Paterson were unanimously re-elected first and second vice-presidents, respectively.

Mrs. Edward S. Hersch, of Elizabeth, was elected to the newly created position of third vice president. Miss Mamie Levin, of Trenton, was chosen financial secretary; Miss Dora Brody, of West New York, corresponding secretary and Jerome Schneiderman, of Bayonne. treasurer.

Among the resolutions adopted was one pledging continued support to the Jewish Welfare Board with which the Federation is affiliated. Another resolution commended Rutgers University for broadening the activities of its University Extension courses. Another resolution urged co-operation with the Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The convention urged creation of a state committee on women’s activities and extension of Jewish cultural activities in the various “Y’s”.

The various reports rendered showed that progress from the standpoint of building programs, is being made in Plainfield, Jersey City and Atlantic City.

Among the features of the convention were several educational conferences. Discussion on the subject “How Can the Functioning of Boards of Directors be Improved?” was led by M. Maldwin Fertig. Assistant Corporation Counsel of New York City and president of the Bronx Y. M. H. A. Discussion on “Health Education for Women and Girls” was led by Miss Margaret Hussey of New York University. A third conference on “Mass Activities” had several executive of various “Y’s” as leaders in discussion.

Isaac Goldberg, of Trenton, was honorary chairman, Louis B. Shipper was chairman convention committee and William Reich chairman of the resolution committee.

Atlantic City was selected as the sire for the next convention.

Funeral services for Leopold Semon Rache, member of the brokerage firm of J. S. Rache -& Co. who died on Monday will be held today.

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