A decision to raise $250,000 for the immediate relief of the famine stricken Jewish population in Bessarabia was adopted Wednesday evening at a conference held at Webster Hall, 119 E. 11th Street, New York. The conference was convened under the auspices of the United Roumanian Jews of America and was participated in by representatives of Roumanian and Bessarabian Landsmanschaften.
A new organization is to be created under the name United Roumanian-Bessarabian Relief Committee, consisting of 15 members. Bennett Siegelstein is chairman of the new committee, which includes Dr. A. Coralnik, Leo Wolfson, Solomon Sufrin, J. Cooper, M. Rashkov, Herman Speier, Leon Fischer, M. Milstein, Abraham Katzman and other representatives of Roumanian Landsmanschaften. Other members will be co-opted, it was declared.
A telegram was read from J. Rosenthal, technical commissioner of the Roumanian Government, pledging the support of the government to the Relief Committee and promising to forward food, clothing and other supplies free of duty. J. Cooper, chairman of the Kishinever Society, presided.