Cincinnati, O. (May. 14)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
Samuel A. Goldsmith, executive director of the Bureau of Jewish Social Research New York, was elected president of the National Conference of Jewish Social Service at its closing session here yesterday.
The final session of the conference was devoted to questions of health and mental hygiene. Dr. Louis A. Lurie of Cincinnati stated that it was impossible to do social work today without taking into consideration the psychiatric condition of the cases. He pointed out the strides made in psychiatry and declared that most cases under the care of social service were those of psychopathic misfits.
Dr. Charles F. Ilinsky of Boston outlined a program of health work for Jewish communities. Dr. Boris D. Bogen presided at this session.
Dr. Samson Benderly of New York, Herman Passamaneck of Pittsburgh and Mrs. M. C. Sloss of San Francisco were elected vice-presidents of the conference. Hyman Kaplan of New York was chosen secretary and Ferdinand Bach of St. Louis, treasurer. Mrs. Siegmund Herzog, Dr. I. M. Rubinow and Dr. Boris D. Bogen were elected to the executive board for a term of three years.
At the closing session of the National Association of Community Center Secretaries, Frank Rubinstein of Baltimore, opposed the housing of men’s and women’s activities in separate buildings.
Dr. Emanuel Gamoran of Cincinnati was elected president of the National Council for Jewish Education. Jacob D. Golub of Chicago was chosen secretary and Israel Abrams of Pittsburgh, treasurer. I. S. Chipkin, Dr. Samson Benderly, Dr. M. M. Kaplan, Dr. Leo Honor, Ben Rosen, Dr. A. M. Dushkin, A. H. Friedland, Louis Hurwich, M.Isach and A. P. Schoolman were elected to the executive committee.
Recent surveys of Jewish education and the influence of the Jewish school on the health and morals of the pupils were the topics discussed at the closing session on Jewish education. Dr. Mordecai M. Kaplan presided. Dr. Jacob A. Goldberg, Dr. Julius Maller, A. P. Schoolman, Ben Rosen, Israel S. Chipkin and Dr. Isaac B. Berkson presented reports on school surveys. It was decided to call a conference in the winter of those interested in Hebrew teachers’ training.
At a dinner given in honor of the delegates to the three conventions by the Federation of Jewish Women’s Clubs of Cincinnati, Dr. S. C. Kohs spoke on programs for small communities, pointing out the isolation from Jewish affairs of 250,000 Jews in the smaller communities and rural districts.
“The conference should determine the nature and extent of the spread of the Jewish population of America and the desires and needs of the small, unorganized groups. It might be possible through joint planning to develop a more well-rounded program for cultural and educational effort,” Dr. Kohs recommended.
A report of the National Appeals Information Service, recommending joint drives for national appeals, with joint local offices in charge of the campaigns, was presented to a meeting of the social agency executives who participated in the conferences held here during the week.
COMMUNICATION TO THE EDITOR
I note in this morning’s issue of the Jewish Daily Bulletin that you describe the meeting of the Washington Heights Zionists, and the passing of a resolution of confidence in Mr. Louis Lipsky and the administration of the Zionist Organzation of America. You omit to mention that the meeting was attended by one hundred persons. This iterm was necessary, especially in view of the fact that you point out that three voted against the resolution of confidence.
I merely want to indicate how overwhelming the majority was for Mr. Lipsky.
Louis Z. Berman
New York, May 11, 1928