Federation, UJA Not in Competition, Proskauer Declares

Ten thousand volunteer workers began soliciting today 100,000 contributions to the $20,000,000 campaign of the New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies which was formally launched last night with an address by Judge Joseph M. Proskauer before 1,000 persons at the Yeshiva University.

Judge Proskauer, who pleaded for co-operation in Jewish life, pointed to the opening of the Federation campaign in the Yeshiva University as an example of the kind of unity that could be brought about in the Jewish community. He urged that there be no spirit of competition between the Federation campaign and the United Jewish Appeal, declaring that “we are not going out into the commercial market to try to outbid or outsell each other. We are Jews and we are American Jews and we are enlisted for both these great causes.” Stressing his support and interest in the overseas activities of the UJA, he commented that “we are in a position to help because we have been able to build a rich and prosperous life here in America” and asked “where would the UJA be if we Jews of America did not take care of our own in this land which has made us bone of its bone and flesh of its flesh?”

Judge Proskauer, a former president of the Federation, stressed the importance of child care, recreational and cultural services provided by the community by agencies affiliated with the Federation, declaring that they were important in helping children to grow into decent, responsible American citizens. “These cultural and recreational institutions of the Federation are as vital in their way as the hospitals and similar institutions, which are of course utterly essential to the life of America and the life of our city.”

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