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Dispute in Los Angeles over Desirability of a General Community Chest

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As preparations are being made for this year’s Crive of the Los Angeles Community ## a discussion is going on as to whether the institution of the general community chest is beneficial to Jewish institutions.

The “California Jewish Review.” English weekly, which is in opposition to the present administration of the #### advacat the creation if a #### Jewish Community Chest, while the “California Jewish Voice,” #### in English and Yiddish up #### the General Community Chest.

Writes the “Review:” “The question if a ##

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### and cordially approved of it.'”It is evident that conscientious social workers realize that a separate Jewish community chest is more within the spirit of Jewish welfare work. while those Jewish social service workers who would like to make of their jobs a sinecure are always willing to relieve themselves of burdensome labors are apt to welcome a general community chest.”

The “Voice” states: “The Community Chest brought with it much good for all institutions, including Jewish. Certainly if the Jewish organizations and their leaders do not find it necessary to attack the Community Chest, then all that the press can do. if they really have the welfare of the Jewish organizations at heart. is to aid the good work of the Community Chest; while our Jewish institutions are agencies of the Community Chest it is our holy duty to add courage and strength to those who are working for the success of the Chest.

“Certainly we can see occasionally the dissatisfaction that a certain Jewish organization can have. because it had not been admitted to the Chest, and in that case it is our duty to aid that institution, but that does not mean that because of the caprice, even if it is the caprice of a so called Anglo-Jewish journalise, we must condemn the splendid work of the Community Chest and attempt to destroy the material well-being of our Jewish institutions.

“It is extremely ridiculous to claim that because we need an Hachnosath Orchim it is necessary for the Jewish institutions to have a Jewish Com. Chest. Do you know what such an action would mean Nothing short of destroying our Jewish institutions who have had such tremendons struggles for existence in the past. It is possibly more important before establishing an ‘Hachnosath Orchim’ to see that the Hebrew Shelcering Home be maintained properly. Instead of destroying the present order, let us first ascertain if there is a need and a possibility to establish a “Jewish Community Chest.”

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