The Rabbis of all Jewish congregations are asked by Albert Wald, Chairman of the Synagogue Council of America to bring the present serious unemployment situation before their congregations and to urge vigorous support of welfare and relief programs in their communities.
The Synagogue Council represents six national Jewish bodies with 800 congregations which have a combined membership of 1,000,000 Jewish men and women. “The situation is worse than last year,” states Mr. Wald, “because of the depletion of the resources of unemployed persons and their friends. It is inconceivable that our unfortunate fellow citizens who are without funds through no fault of their own should not be tided over by the rest of the nation until prosperity returns. I therefore appeal to my own people and to all citizens to meet this situation with resolution and sympathy. Not a single person should be allowed knowingly to go without the necessities of life. Our nation is so strong and our economic organization is so great that we are able to meet this situation, hard as it is. It is clear that larger resources must become available for these needs and that there must be a combination of public funds and private giving even beyond that of last year.”
Mr. Wald’s appeal is part of a nationwide call to churches of various denominations and editors of the religious press by Newton D. Baker as Chairman of the Welfare and Relief Mobilization of 1932.