Jewish Centers Plam Coordinated Program on Defense

Jewish community centers throughout the United States, through a series of regional conferences, sponsored by the Jewish Welfare Board, are drawing up a program of coordinated activities linked with national defense and the present emergency, it was announced today.

Two of these regional meetings have already been held. The New Jersey Federation of Y.M.H.A.’s and Y.W.H.A.’s met in Jersey City last week to discuss “The Role and Function of the Center in the Days Ahead.” Governor Lewis o. Barrows of Maine and Frank L. Weil, president of the Jewish Welfare Board, were the principal speakers at the meeting of the Associated Y.M. and Y.W.H.A.’s of New England. The theme of the conference was “The Community Center in These Critical Days.” Three regional meetings are scheduled for the latter part of this month and December.

On Nov. 16 and 17 Jewish centers in the midwest will hold their regional meeting at the Clay pool Hotel in Indianapolis. Welfare work on behalf of Jewish soldiers and sailors, public relations, extension programs, physical education and education in citizenship will be among the subjects under discussion. The Jewish community center of Binghamton, N.Y., will be host to the regional conference of the New York State Federation of Y.M.H.A.’s, Y.W.H.A.’s and Jewish Community Centers on Nov. 23 and 24. On Dec. 1 the Pennsylvania-Middle. Atlantic Federation of Y.M.-Y.W.H.A.’s and Kindred Associations will confer in Washington.

These conferences are being held concurrently with organization of regional and local committees by the Jewish Welfare Board, in connection with its army and navy welfare work. Nine regional committees have been set up in areas containing the nine army corps areas and 22 naval stations. Through these committees Jewish communities will assist in the Board’s program of ministering to the social and religious needs of the Jewish men in the army and navy. The facilities of Jewish Community Centers will be utilized to provide hospitality and recreation for enlisted men in adjoining camps or on leave.

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