Jewish Labor Committee Convention Open; Will Seek to Raise $1.850,000 in 1949

The seventh biennial convention of the Jewish Labor Committee opened here today and will continue through Sunday. Chief subjects on the agenda are the “crucial problems confronting Jewry at home and abroad, and ways and means of defending Jewish rights everywhere.” More than 600 delegates are attending the gathering.

Adolph Held, president, addressing the opening session, extended greetings to Israeli President Dr. Chaim Weizmann on behalf of the “500,000 trade unionists” represented by the Jewish Labor Committee. He also lauded the Histadrut “for its perseverance and idealism” which contributed “immeasurably to the formation of the new state,”

Jacob Pat, executive secretary of the organization, reported that the Jewish labor Committee maintains 16 havens in France, chiefly for orphaned children. Another 13 homes are maintained in Belgium, he said. The Committee’s budget in 1949 was $1,111,649, he said, adding that he would recommend a budget of $1,850,000 for 1949.

President Truman sent greetings to the convention, asserting that the Committee “is indeed to be congratulated upon the fine, patriotic and humanitarian work it has done in the 15 years of its existence. I wish the Committee every success in the continuation of its educational program to combat all totalitarian ideologies and to promote national understanding and good will.”

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