for Jewish Centers to Cost $27,500,000 Under Way in 132 Cities, Jwb Hears

Campaigns for new or additional Jewish Community Center projects which will cost an aggregate of $27,500,000 are under way or projected in 132 communities of the United States and Canada, the Jewish Center Division Committee of the Jewish Welfare Board, which opened its annual meeting today at the Hotel Pennsylvania, was told by Benjamin Rabinowitz, executive director of the Jewish Center Division.

Of these projects, 15, to cost a total of $1,540,000, were initiated during the first eight months of 1947, Mr. Rabinowitz reported. He revealed that the present value of the physical plants and equipment of the 309 Jewish Centers affiliated with JWB is in excess of $40,000,000. The annual expenditures of these Centers, which have a youth and adult membership of 500,000, Mr. Rabinowitz declared, exceeds ?8,200,000. Fifteen new Centers have been organized in nine states and Canada during the two years since V-J Day as a direct result of the war-time programs conducted in those communities under the auspices of JWB and USO, he said.

Louis Kraft, retiring executive director of the JWB, and Samuel D. Gershovitz, who assumes the duties of that office on Cot. 1, were honored at a dinner in the Hotel Ambassador here last night. The testimonial, given by the executive committee of JWB, was attended by more than 300 Jewish leaders from many sections of the country. Frank L. Weil, president of JWB, paid tribute to Mr. Kraft.

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