PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 30)
The proposed budgets for the major divisions of the National Jewish Welfare Board were this week-end presented to the National Finance Council of the J.W.B. which is meeting to set up a budget for the organization for the next year. The Council will make its decision on the budget tomorrow and will then present it to the J.W.B. National Executive Board here later in the day.
The Jewish Center Division, in its report, pointed out that the nationwide effort to intensify Jewish group life in the United States is being given practical expression by an aggregate sum of $26,000,000 raised or in the process of being raised locally by Jewish communities in this country to provide additional facilities to house essential Jewish community center services. This expansion has resulted in the placing of responsibility on the J.W.B. for maintaining services to keep pace with this growth, the report stated. It was presented by Mrs. Walter E. Heller, new chairman of the Division, and Philip M. Klutznick, retiring chairman.
Rabbi Samuel B. Freehof, chairman of the Division of Religious Activities, said that there was a 14 percent increase in 1949 in the number of part-time chaplains serving the religious needs of Jewish personnel in the armed forced at domestic installations and Veterans Administration hospitals. At the same time, the number of such installations served by J.W.B. chaplains has risen by 18 percent. Mrs. Alfred R. Bachrach, chairman of the Women’s Organization’s Division, reported on the activities of eight national women’s groups which aid GI’s in isolated outposts and veterans in hospitals.