A busy week in American Jewish life will be concluded today with the annual meeting of the American Jewish Committee.
This first week of the new year of 1935 was certainly one of the most colorful. With the sessions of the Administrative Committee of the Jewish Agency discussing Palestine, with the conference of the Welfare Funds discussing Jewish adjustment in America, and with the American Jewish Committee discussing the political side of Jewish lifeâ€” all in one weekâ€”what greater concentration can be demanded?
The American Jewish Committee comes to its annual meeting this year with a record of important achievements. The scope of the work with which it dealt during the year was by no means small. It will not exaggerate to say that the Committee has performed during the year a task no smaller than that of the state department of a medium-sized European country.
Various were the activities of the American Jewish Committee. Their productive results, though not known to many, have served greatly to alleviate the conditions of certain Jewish communities abroad and to prevent the growth of anti-Semitic propaganda in America.
For strategic and traditional reasons the American Jewish Committee has not given publicity to the work it has done during the year and to the achievements reached. The report which will be read by Dr. Cyrus Adler at the meeting of the Committee today will, however, become public.
It may perhaps be pointed out on this occasion that the American Jewish Committee is the only organization of its kind in the United States which prints its annual report and also makes public its budget.
The representatives of the seventy largest cities in America who will be present at the meeting of the Committee will have much to report when they return home. The stock which will be taken at the meeting of Jewish problems in Europe and America is actually the key to the position of the Jew in the world today.