American-Jewish life in all its phases, historical as well as economic, social, etc., will be the subject of investigation of the Yiddish Scientific Institute, according to a resolution adopted at a conference of the Institute held on Sunday in the Hias auditorium at which about 300 persons were present. Sixty Jewish organizations were represented at the conference.
During the debate on this resolution speakers declared that research into American-Jewish life has been very much neglected, that a good deal of material bearing on Jews in this country which is of great historical value is in danger of being lost and that the process of development of Jewish life in America has not been studied as yet.
An appeal to American Jews to help the headquarters of the Yiddish Scientific Institute in Vilna, Poland, continue its work was issued by the conference. Zalman Raisin, who is the secretary of the Vilna headquarters and who is now visiting this country on behalf of the Institute, in an address before the conference described some of the achievements of the Institute in the field of Jewish research in various parts of the world, stating that the work of the Yiddish Scientific Institute has now been gratefully acknowledged both by the Jewish masses and by Jewish scientists of Europe.
Others who spoke on various phases of the Institute’s work were Dr. I. Schatzky, Dr. A. Mukdoni, Judah A. Jaffe and Menachem Boraisha who is the secretary of the American bureau of the Yiddish Scientific Institute. An executive of 30 persons was chosen by the conference. Dr. I. A. Merison and Peter Wiernik were elected members of the curatorium of the Institute.