Ira M. Younker. philanthropist and former trustee of the Federation for the Support $t Jewish Philanthropic Societies, has been elected president of the Jewish Social Service Association succeeding Ralph Woir. who will continue as u member of the board of trustees.
In a statement which he issued yesterday. M*. Vounlter said: “Since 1374, when the United Hebrew Charities, as the Jewish Ba-i elal Service Association was formerly known, was founded. It has expended $31,000,000 hi giving help unclear> more than 400,000 families and individual* directly In the form of financial aid and In the special services which the Association has developed, . helping families re-establish themselves at normal units in the community. In 1933 $1.400.OOo was spent In helping 7,200 families.
This new trend in social wors was emphasized by Mlas Prances Taussig, director of the Association. She slut wed that, despite the enormous volume of. relief to Jewish families made possible by Federal, State and City relief funds, there were still large numbers of families who needed much more than such material subsistence. These were the families whose morale had been broken years of unemployment, In which u# privation, illness .and all the stra# of their present existence, had produced problems, which money alone could not help, and for she’ trealj mont of which the case” workers the private agencies have been trail ed. Indeed, material relief in sue situations, Riven without strvit tends to prolong dependency.
“It is essential,” said Miss Taussig??? “that the private family agency be i enabled to continue to work with a large number of families, with adequate funds for relief. In the attempt to bring them back to self-maintenance. This task will continue to be Important for years to come, In spite of the availability of publlo relief and all the Improvement which may be brought to our economic situation Uirough all of the measures be- j log taken by the government.”
New officers of the Association are: Mr. Younker, president; Albert -J.| Erdmann, first vice-president; Edwin Blun, second vice-president; Louis J; Grumbach, treasurer; Edgar J. Nathan. Jr.. secretary, and Adolph Lewisohn; and the trustees are Henry Friendly; Henry s. Hendricks,; Henry Slesbert, David H. Sulzberger,! Habbi Jonah B. Wise. Ralph WCf,; Mrs. Henry Zuckerman and Mrs.’ Richard J. Bernhard.