Last year was the low point of income for Jewish centers, Y. M. and Y. W. H. A.’s, and the coming years will witness a steady increase in the financial and general growth of this type of Jewish activity, Benjamin Rabinowitz, declared yesterday in an address before the two day session of the Jewish Welfare Board of New York and New England. The conference, which is being held at the Y. M. H. A. at Ninety-second street and Lexington avenue, is being attended by forty delegates.
In his paper entitled “Recent Campaigns and Their Effects on Membership Policies,” Mr. Rabinowitz declared that “the Center movement must continue in the direction of positive development as centers of Jewish life rather than as limited recreational centers. Efforts must be made to increase the constituencies of the centers through such policies of maximum affiliation; the all-inclusive type of membership and placing dues on an ability to pay basis in so far as possible.
“The financial situation of recent years, however, has had a beneficial effect in leading centers to re-evaluate their practices which, in many cases, had remained unchanged for years. It is not too much to hope that as a result of these adjustments the goal of developing centers will be attained,” Mr. Rabinowitz stated.
Other papers read yesterday included “Technique of Campaigns” by Dr. Philip R. Goldstein; “Newspaper Publicity” by Henry Propper, and “Poster Publicity by Evart G. Routzahn.
Louis Kraft, Director of Center Activities for the Jewish Welfare Board, is presiding at the various sessions of the conference. The closing sessions of the meeting will be held today.