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N. Y. Federation Seeks Broader Membership

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S. W. Straus yesterday accepted the chairmanship of the Membership Extension Division of the New York Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies, a position which has been created to direct “a program attempting to make the local Jewish charities as democratic in their support as they are in their service.”

Comparison of contributions to local philanthropies with gifts to out-of-town community chests, Mr. Straus stated, furnished proof that most of the money in every city comes from a comparatively small group, but that the number of contributors in relation to the entire population was considerably larger in other cities. In New York, with a Jewish population of 800,000 in Manhattan and the Bronx, 32,000 individuals made contributions last year.

Mr. Straus stated that plans are being prepared to extend the Federation’s activities in a much more extensive appeal for public support than ever before attempted.

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