SAN JOSE, Calif. (Mar. 23)
Reconstitution of the United Jewish Appeal places on Jewish welfare funds the responsibility of raising maximum funds for “the millions of our people who are in need,” declared James L. White president of the Western States Region of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds at the organization’s sixth annual meeting last weekend–first regional Council session since the UJA reunion–at which leaders of the three constituent agencies spoke.
Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, chairman of the United Palestine Appeal, asserted that one could no longer consider contributions to the UJA agencies as philanthropic donations, but must rather regard them as “a war chest to protect the life, liberty and freedom of Jews all over the world.”
Morris C. Troper, chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee’s European Council, reported that “because of lack of funds last year it was necessary for the UDC to cut in half the number of meals served to refugees huddled in Poland behind ghetto walls and because of lack of funds food had to be refused to the men, as there was only enough money available to feed the women and children.”
William Rosenwald, president of National Refugee Service, stressed the integration of refugees into the United States and said the NRS, together with its cooperating committees and organizations had played a large part in making this possible. White was reelected regional chairman with Dr. Harold G. Trimble, Oakland, and Walter S. Hilborn, Los Angeles, as vice-presidents and Oscar Mathews, Sacramento, as treasurer.