Federations Urged to Complete Drives for Jewish Needs Despite War Chest Developments

The relationship of the National War Fund, Inc., and other war chest developments to independent fund-raising for Local, national and overseas Jewish needs was analyzed by more than 100 Jewish community leaders attending the Conference of the Central Atlantic States Region of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, at the Essex House here, which concluded yesterday.

Harry Greenstein, executive director of the Jewish Welfare Fund of Baltimore urged the scheduled completion of 1943 Spring drives for Jewish needs, regardless of the outcome of local negotiations between the welfare and war chest. Pointing out that the war chest campaigns this Fall would raise funds for 1944, Mr. Greenstei stressed that failure to go through with the Spring campaigns would seriously handicap the rescue programs of Jewish relief organizations.

The delegates were cautioned to examine their local needs and problems to meet contingencies in the developing local and national war chest situation, The opinion was expressed that the local Jewish community should enter war chest negotiations, fully cognizant of its own needs and prepared to mobilize all resources on behalf of the community-wide enterprise. Speakers at the conference included Sidney Hollander of Baltimore, president of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds; Israel November, chairman of the Jewish Community Council of Richmond, Va.; Kurt Peiser, executive director of the Federation of Jewish Charities of Philadelphia; Rabbi Barnett Brickner of Cleveland and others.

Isadore Hermann of Camden, N.J., was elected president of the Central Atlantic States Region. Other officers elected include Moritz M. Gottlieb of Allentown, Pa., and Israel November of Richmond, Va., vice-chairman, and Milton Kutz of Wilmington, Del., treasurer and Ellis Radinsky, secretary.

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