Toronto (Jan. 17)
The sixth plenary session of the Canadian Jewish Congress, at its concluding session last night, decided to ask the Joint Distribution Committee and the World Jewish Congress “to seek a modus of coordinating their relief activities and fund raising to ensure greater effectiveness,” in accordance with the resolution adopted at the War Emergency Conference of the World Jewish Congress at Atlantic City. At the same time, it voted a 1945 quota of $1,500,000 for overseas relief and refugee needs.
The meeting sent greetings to the Jews in liberated countries, Russia, Palestine and other of the United Nations The delegates decided to establish a national rehabilitation committee to assist returning Jewish servicemen. In an address concluding the conference, Samuel Bronfman, who was re-elected as president for his third three-year term, said that all Canadian Jews are proud of the contributions made by the 16,000 Jews in the Dominion’s armed forces and desire to increase their participation in the war effort.
Mr. Bronfman warned against the grave danger of anti-Semitic agitators in Canada, stating that anti-Semitism is being employed here as a means to an end and as a spearhead of reactionary forces. He urged that all freedom-loving men and women in the country combat the forces aiming at the disruption of national unity.
In a final resolution, the conference associated itself with the program of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, reiterated its demand for a Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine, and urged the Dominion Government to admit an “adequate number” of refugees to Canada.
Officers elected, in addition to Mr. Bronfman, were A. B. Bennet, Michael Garber and A. H. Aronovitch, vice-presidents; Saul Hayes, executive director; and H. M. Caiserman, general secretary.