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J.D.C. European Chairman Will Proceed to Palestine for Relief Talks

Difficulties, due to war conditions, have compelled an indefinite postponement of the departure of Joel Gross, Newark Jewish leader, to the Near and Middle East, as the special representative of the Joint Distribution Committee, it was announced today.

In order to meet the pressing problem of the Jews in that area, Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, the J.D.C.’s European chairman who is now in North Africa, has been asked to proceed to Palestine for consultation with Jewish leaders there. In addition, Charles Passman, an American residing in Jerusalem, has left for Teheran and India on behalf of the J.D.C. and other agencies, to explore possibilities for the purchase of foods and other commodities in these countries which will be sent in individual packages to European refugees in Asiatic Russia. Cabled reports just received indicate that 3,000 such food packages have already been sent from Teheran and 5,000 additional packages are now being dispatched.

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