4-day Parley on Welfare Aid Opens Jan. 3
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4-day Parley on Welfare Aid Opens Jan. 3

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Representative Jewish social workers from over fifty American cities, both lay and professional, will meet here beginning Thursday at the four-day conference on Jewish welfare sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. The conference, which will open with a luncheon meeting at the Temple Emanu-El Community House, One East Sixty-fifth street, is under the general chairmanship of Felix M. Warburg.

Addresses at the luncheon will be made by Dr. Solomon Lowenstein, executive director of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York City, Paul U. Kellogg, editor of The Survey and member of the Committee on Economic Security, and Samuel A. Goldsmith, executive director of the Jewish Charities of Chicago.


Speakers at other sessions will include James G. McDonald, High Commissioner for Refugees from Germany; William J. Shroder, of Cincinnati, president of the National Council; Dr. Samson Benderly, director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in New York City; B. Charney Vladeck, general manager of the Jewish Daily Forward; Professor Morris R. Cohen, of the College of the City of New York; Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, leader of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism; Morris Rothenberg, president of the Zionist Organization of America, and Mrs. David de Sola Poole, president of the New York chapter of Hadassah.

Ira M. Younker, vice-president of the Council, in summing up the purpose of the conference, said that “events of the past several years have brought an ever-increasing burden of responsibility for welfare activities to Jews throughout the United States. The scope of such responsibilities has widened greatly and the nature of the responsibilities themselves become more complex.

“It is the purpose of the conference,” he continued, “to throw added light on these problems, to consider the means by which federated and unorganized groups may deal with them and how individuals may relate themselves to such programs.


The opening session will be devoted to a consideration of Jewish welfare problems and facilities on the American scene. A general session, in the afternoon, will discuss problems of relief abroad, with Paul Baerwald, chairman of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, presiding. Thursday evening Mr. Warburg will preside at a dinner, where the program of the National Council will be presented. Here, also, Mr. McDonald. Professor Albert Einstein and Raymond Moley, as guest speakers, will speak on the subject of racial and religious tolerance.

A general morning session will open the conference on Friday, at which the topic will be “Jewish Cultural Activities,” with addresses devoted to the Jewish community center movement, cultural work among the youth in colleges, and the Jewish education movement.


The luncheon, Friday afternoon, will be devoted to round-table discussion of various problems and tendencies in the federation movement.

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