Dr. Joshua L. Golberg, rabbi for the past nine years of the Astoria Center of Israel, is the new national secretary of the American Jewish Congress, succeeding Oscar Leonard. The appointment of a new executive secretary was announced yesterday for the Administrative Committee of the American Jewish Congress by Bernard S. Deutsch, president, and Dr. Stephen S. Wise, honorary president of the Congress.
Dr. Goldberg, who has been identified with the work of the American Jewish Congress for many years, is an ordained rabbi, receiving his rabbinical degree from the Jewish Institute of Religion. Born in Bobrouisk, Russia, January 6, 1896, Dr. Golberg has been a resident of the United States since 1917.
An expert linguist, he has made annual trips to Europe and is especially well versed in European affairs. He is an active Zionist, an interest inherited from his parents who are shortly to leave Wilno for permanent settlement in Palestine.
FULL TIME FOR CONGRESS
Dr. Goldberg will devote himself fully to the work of the American Congress, maintaining only a “nominal connection” with the Astoria Center.
Mr. Leonard, the resigning secretary of the Congress, served in that capacity for less than a year. His resignation, the American Jewish Congress announces, was “for personal reasons” by which he found himself “unable to continue in office.” Mr. Leonard was at one time director of the Federation of Jewish Charities in Washington, D. C. He succeeded Abraham Cohen, who in turn followed Bernard G. Richards, a founder of the Congress and for sixteen years its national secretary.
In making the announcement of the appointment of Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Wise and Mr. Deutsch, speaking for the Administrative Committee, said: “All of us feel that we are fortunate indeed in enlisting the services of such a brilliant administrator and forceful personality as Dr. Goldberg.”