Jewish Agencies Negotiate Unified Program for Protecting American-jewish Rights

The special committee on civic-protective agencies, appointed by the board of directors of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds at the 1942 General Assembly in Chicago, concluded its initial series of meetings with representatives of the four major agencies in the defense field, it was announced here today by Sidney Hollander of Baltimore, president of the Council.

This initial series of conferences included discussions with the American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and the Jewish Labor Committee. Appointment of the Council’s committee on civic-protective agencies followed immediately after the General Assembly approved a special report outlining a possible basis for coordination in the defense field.

Mr. Hollander reported that the committee is now studying the questions raised by the representatives of the four agencies and will present a complete report on its progress to the next meeting of the Council’s board of directors this Spring. “All of the agencies have expressed a real desire to develop a more unified program to deal with the important problems of protecting Jewish rights,” Mr. Hollander said. “Differences of opinion prevail on the methods to be followed in achieving a basis for such action.

BASIS FOR ACTIVE COOPERATION SOUGHT AT CONFERENCE

“Previous experience, both inside and outside of the General Jewish Council, has indicated underlying differences in objectives among the various agencies. The committee is attempting to find a basis upon which active and satisfactory cooperation can be established between the various groups.”

The discussions thus far have been conducted in behalf of the Council by David Watchmaker of Boston; Max Simon of Cleveland; Charles Riegelman and Ira M. Younker of New York; William Rosenwald of Greenwich, Conn.; Morris Wolf of Philadelphia, and Sidney Hollander. The other members of the committee are: Edwin J. Schanfarber of Columbus; George Z. Medalie of New York; William J. Shroder of Cincinnati, and James L. White of Salt Lake City.

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