Constructive Relief Conference Opens Its Sessions in Chicago

J. D. C. and United Jewish Campaign Leaders to Report on Work Accomplished and Formulate Future Plans (Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The Constructive Relief Conference of the United Jewish Campaign and the Joint Distribution Committee will open here tonight in the new Standard Club. The conference will be in session tonight and all day tomorrow to hear reports on the rehabilitation work abroad and the fund raising efforts of the United Jewish Campaign.

Reports by state chairmen and treasurers on the status of the campaign in the United States and Canada will be presented to the conference and steps will be taken to accelerate the speed of local efforts for subscriptions in order that $25,000,000 being sought may be raised.

Complete reports on the work of the J.D.C., and the funds entrusted to it will be made by Felix M. Warburg, by Herbert H. Lehman, vice chairman of the J.D.C. and chairman of its Reconstructive Committee, Paul Baerwald, treasurer of the J. D. C., James N. Rosenberg and David A. Brown.

Dr. Joseph A. Rosen, will report on the progress of the agricultural work in Russia.

His report will be supplemented by the observations of Mr. Warburg who toured the colonies last Spring and by James H. Becker, of Chicago, who accompanied Mr. Warburg. Additional information concerning the progress of the colonies will be given at the conference by the travelogue-lecturer, E. M. Newman, said to be the first man to bring out of Russia uncensored pictures of every phase of the life in that country.

Dr. Morris Waldman, president of the National Conference of Jewish Social Workers who went to Poland recently to make a study of the social, economic and political situation of the Jews there, will report to the conference on conditions as he found them. A detailed report of the activities of the J.D.C. throughout Eastern Europe will also be presented.

The problems of the Joint Distribution Committee and the United Jewish Campaign covering the work of the present and the near future will be laid before the conference by Louis Marshall.

Among those who are expected to lead in the discussions of the reports and the work accomplished is James N. Rosenberg, vice-chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, one of the most active sponsors and proponents of the Russian agricultural work, and at one time volunteer European director of the J.D.C.

A message to the United Jewish Campaign contributors issued by Felix M. Warburg, chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee and David A. Brown, declared:

“Only those who have seen with their own eyes understand the chaos that existed in Jewish life in the days after the war.”

“The story of suffering, the story of death, the story of the tragedy of our people, has been told over and over again; but no one no matter what powers of imagination he may have, impossibly visualize the depths to which our people had fallen.

“It is out of this chaos and out of this tragedy of life that we have been attempting to bring and partially succeeding in bringing the Jews of those countries.

“And this has been made possible by the funds given so generously by the Jews of America and Canada through the offices of the Joint Distribution Committee.

“The Constructive Relief Conference, we believe will be another great gathering of the fine-spirited, service-rendering unselfish Jewish men and women of America.

“We of the United Jewish Campaign and the Joint Distribution Committee, believe it the duty of every Jewish man and woman who can do so to set aside October 22nd and 23rd and dedicate these days to the great cause for which all of us have labored so long.”

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