Acting upon the recommendation of Benjamin Winter, president of the Federation of Polish Jews, the twentieth annual convention of the organization held Sunday decided on the erection of a community center in New York City at a cost of $1,000,000. According to plans adopted the funds for the center will be contributed by the chapters affiliated with the Federation. A committee to carry out the project will shortly be appointed, it was declared.
A delegation representing the Federation of Polish Jews in American will shortly leave for Poland to study the needs of the Jewish population in that country with a view toward planning a program of reconstructive relief which will supplement the work of existing relief agencies. This step was authorized by the convention on the recommendation of the president. What Polish Jewry needs, Mr. Winter declared in his annual report, is credit institutions, farm schools and trade schools, to render them not only productive in their own country, but make their admission as trained workers easier in other lands. It will be the duty of the delegation to make a survey of the needs of the populace. A national convention will be called in the fall to hear the report of the delegation and to act on its recommendations.
The commission is to consist of Z. Tygel, Executive Director of the Federation, Harris Koppelman, A. B. Rosenstein and two others to be appointed by Mr. Winter.
Benjamin Winter and Z. Tygel were unanimously reelected president and executive director respectively of the Federation. Other officers named were: vice-president, Sol Rosenfeld, Dr. J. I. Steinberg, Alfred B. Rosenstein and Harris Koppelman; Trustees Julius Stoffky, Herman B. Oberman and Sigmund Dressler; treasurer, Herman Rosenbloom.