Los Angeles (Oct. 15)
Official dedication of the new Jewish Community Center was held here last night. At that time the Gerald D. and Lilabelle Stebbins Playground was formally turned over to the Jewish Center Association by Arthur Stebbins. The Center building itself, was opened early this summer, but formal opening awaited its complete furnishing.
Rabbi Jacob Kohn of Temple Sinai was principal speaker. He was introduced by Rabbi Maxwell H. Dubin of the Wilshire Boulevard Congregation. Marco R. Newmark, president of the Federation of Jewish Welfare Organizations, who acted as chairman of the evening presented the building to Harry Scheinman, chairman of the Jewish Centers Association Board.
The Center, a three story structure, consisting of fifteen meeting rooms, kitchen, library, playground and lounge, is now used by more than fifteen hundred persons residing in the Boyle Heights District. Approximately sixty clubs meet in the building. These groups include children’s as well as adult organizations. Included in the instructive fields are an orchestra, a dance group, handcraft classes, literary groups; cooking and sewing classes are being planned for the near future.
The Jewish Center Association, affiliated with the Federation of Jewish Welfare Organizations, and a constituent agency of the Community Chest, is headed by Jehudah M. Cohen, executive director. In addition to the Community Center the Association operates the Jewish Neighborhood House.