Jewish Welfare Parley Hears Pleas for Aid in Defense

Stating that social workers by their positions as key men in every community in the country, could be of invaluable aid to the national defense program, Presidents Henry Monsky of B’nai B’rith and Frank L. Weil of the Jewish Welfare Board called upon the 800 delegates to the National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare to register themselves and their organizations solidly behind President Roosevelt in the present emergency. The conference closed tonight. Monsky and Weil spoke at last night’s session at the Breakers Hotel. Meeting together with the social workers were the delegates of the National Association of Jewish Center Workers and the National Council for Jewish Education.

Monsky and Weil pledged the full support of the organizations they head to the defense program. Weil stated that the Welfare Board had already organized 149 army and navy committees in 42 states and four territories to provide for the maximum of community service and home hospitality to men in the service.

The session on Jewish social welfare in a national defense and emergency situation was one of 23 sessions held during the day, in which every phase of Jewish Welfare work was considered by the delegates.

At the annual conference of the National Council for Jewish Education, Rabbi Samuel M. Blumenfield was elected president, succeeding Dr. Louis L. Kaplan of Baltimore. Other officers are Samuel J. Borowaky, New York, and Dr. Asriel L. Eisenberg, Cleveland, vice president; Nathan Brilliant, Cleveland, treasurer; and Judah Lapson, New York, secretary.

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