Montreal (Jan. 16)
A 1945 quota of $1,500,000 for overseas relief, three times the amount raised last year, was proposed last night at the sixth plenary session of the Canadian Jewish Congress at the King Edward Hotel here.
Discussions are still continuing concerning the place of the Joint Distribution Committee, the World Jewish Congress, and smaller agencies such as Ort and Ose, in the Canadian Jewish relief program. Moses A. Leavitt, secretary of the Joint Distribution Committee, and Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the administrative committee of the World Jewish Congress, participated in a general debate on the subject of overseas relief.
A session on public relations problems heard a report stating that the situation as far as anti-Semitism is concerned has improved and that the Canadian press has almost unanimously joined in combating race hatred. Irving Oelbaum, of Toronto, chairman of the session, said that all of Canada is aware of the Canadian Jewish contributions to victory.
Reporting to the Women’s Division of the congress, Mrs. Samuel Bronfman revealed that 750,000 service men and women have visited the sixteen centers operated by the congress women and that 13,000,000 cigarettes have been sent to men overseas.
Samuel Bronfman, president of the Congress, addressing a general session, said that the chief emphasis must be placed on rehabilitation of returning servicemen, restoration of destroyed Jewish communities and continued war-effort activities. He said that the Congress supports the demand for a Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine and wants an international charter which will guarantee the future nights of Jews.