CHICAGO (Dec. 1)
Outstanding American leaders in the field of war relief and refugee work will address the sessions of the 25th annual meeting of the Joint Distribution Committee at the Standard Club here Dec. 2 and 3.
Principal speaker at the opening dinner session Saturday evening will be Governor Herbert H. Lehman of New York who took an active part during the World War in the relief efforts of the Committee. In the years immediately following the World War, Governor Lehman was in direct charge of the reconstructive work carried on by the J.D.C. in behalf of distressed Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.
The conferees will hear James G. McDonald, chairman of the President’s Advisory Committee on Refugees, and Clarence E. Pickett, executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) on Sunday at the afternoon session. Others who will speak are Paul Baerwald, chairman of the J.D.C. Edward M.M. Warburg and James N. Rosenberg, vice-chairmen, Joseph C. Hyman, executive director and Mrs. David M. Levy.
Jewish communal leaders from all sections of the United States and Canada will gather at this conference to take part in the discussions of the work facing the Committee.
An announcement issued prior to the conference pointed out that the Committee today found itself “facing problems similar to those which had brought about its estab- lishment in 1914, but vastly magnified.” A discussion of these problems will be the major object of the conference. It was pointed out that the J.D.C. had been able to render help to civilian war victims throughout the siege of Warsaw and that from the outbreak of the current hostilities, it has been cooperating with the American Red Cross, the American Friends Service Committee and the Commission for Polish Relief in order to effect on the part of major American relief agencies “such coordination as might be of the greatest benefit to all victims.”