Widening of United Jewish Appeal Urged by Weleare Funds Parley

Continuation of the United Jewish Appeal and extension of its scope to include other organizations raising funds for refugee assistance and relief and reconstructive work in Europe and Palestine was urged by the Eastern Central States Regional Conference of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, meeting here over the weekend.

The conference, attended by 300 leaders of Jewish federations, welfare funds and community councils of six states, requested that the national body of the Council “secure the necessary facts and information as to the work and functions of the agencies in these fields and make them available to the proper allocating body” so that “proper allocations may be made from the funds available for those purposes.”

Expressing the view that the “entire Jewish community of America is vitally concerned” with the work of the General Jewish Council, another resolution recommended that the G.J.C. be strengthened by participation of the whole of American Jewry “so that it may adequately and representatively perform its policy-making and directive functions, including the elimination of duplication among its constituent executive organs and proper direction toward specific ends.”

Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver of Cleveland, co-chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, told the conference that more than half of the Jews of the world had been stripped of their spiritual homes in recent years, but that the Jews have the capacity for survival. Other speakers were Dr. William Haber, executive director of the National Refugee Service, who pointed out the many contributions which refugees were making to American life; Richard C. Rothschild, who described the work of the General Jewish Council; and Dr. Frank Kingdon, president of the University of Newark, who spoke on the “American Boycott Against Intolerance.”

Dr. E.J. Gordon of Columbus, was elected chairman of the region; Max Hirsch of Cincinnati and Simon Shetzer of Detroit, vice-chairmen; and Roy Hartzell of Youngstown, treasure

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