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Inevitable Many of the Two Million Jews in New York Must Eventually Seek Their Livelihood Elsewhere

It is inevitable that many of the two million Jews in New York and vicinity must eventually find themselves outside the metropolitan area for the sake of their own livelihood, Rabbi Barnett Brickner, former head of the National Jewish Welfare Board and an Honorary Vice-Chairman of the American Palestine Campaign, said in speaking here at the Convention of the National Association of Jewish Centre Executives.

Through Jewish ability at economical adaptation, Rabbi Brickner said, we developed a “white collar” element of business and professional people who predominate in the middle class. They, especially the small merchantry, have been among the severest sufferers in the present crisis, and this coupled with decentralisation of production in New York, causes us to believe that many will have to seek material sustenance elsewhere.

Many, he predicted, would return to the soil, urging that there were great possibilities in agriculture for the Jew.