An example for providing means for self-aid to the declassed Russian Jews, pointing the way for others, was furnished by American Jewish workmen, formerly of Bobruisk, White Russia.
B. C. Vladeck, chairman of the People’s Tool Supply Campaign which is seeking to arouse the interest of American Jews in the movement to help the declassed Russian Jews by supplying them with tools, announced the decision of the Bobruisk Landsmanschaft to undertake the erection in that town of industrial plants to provide employment for the Jewish population there.
An initial contribution toward the funds necessary was made by Branch No. 206 of the Workmen’s Circle, supplying $2,300, which remained in the treasury of the branch from previous relief campaigns. The branch pledged to raise an additional $10,000.
The work will be undertaken under the auspices of the People’s Tool Supply Campaign.
A special committee was appointed by Branch 206, which will seek ho interest every Brobruisk “landsman” in the United States in the project. Prior to reaching this decision, the branch sought the advice of Mr. Vladeck, who instituted an investigation through the Ort. An engineer was despatched to Bobruisk to survey the ground. The survey showed that Bobruisk has a need for a textile factory which could employ immediately 40 declassed families and that there is room for other plants. There also exists a market for the product.