Jacob W. Mack, newly elected chairman of the executive board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, will serve in that capacity at least until the Union’s thirty-fourth annual council in Washington in March, 1935, it was announced yesterday.
Mr. Mack, a Cincinnati manufacturer and younger brother of Federal Judge Julian W. Mack, was elected to fill the vacancy left by the death of Ludwig Vogelstein, industrialist and philanthropist, who held the post for ten years. He had been a vice-chairman on the board for several years.
At Mr. Mack’s first session as the presiding head of the executive board, held Saturday night, resolutions were passed in memory of the board’s late leader, Mr. Vogelstein. Other resolutions honored the memory of Mrs. Martha Levy Steinfeld of St. Louis, former president of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods; Rabbi Jacob B. Pollak, former regional director of the northeastern division of the Union, and Adolphe Wolfe of Portland, Ore. , former member of the board.
Following the board meetings, which were continued on Sunday at Temple Emanu-El, impressive memorial services for Mr. Vogelstein were held in the presence of more than 200 leaders of Reform Jewry in America.
Eulogies were delivered by Judge Irving Lehman, president of Congregation Emanu-El, of which Mr. Vogelstein was a trustee and chairman of the finance committee; A. Leo Weil, member of the Union’s executive board; former Supreme Court Justice Joseph M. Proskauer and Rabbi Samuel H. Goldenson of Congregation Emanu-El.
“We who had the privilege of working with him miss sorely his boundless energy and his wise counsel,” Judge Lehman said. “In his death, heaven has become richer by a great soul. “
Tribute to the late philanthropist’s tolerance, learning and leadership was voiced by Mr. Weil. Judge Proskauer emphasized Mr. Vogelstein’s devotion to the cause of aiding the underprivileged and the needy. Mr. Vogelstein’s love of art and science and his faith in God were emphasized by Rabbi Goldenson.