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National Jewish Welfare Board Adopts $2,232.155 Budget for 1954

A 1954 budget of $2, 232,155 to enable the National Jewish Welfare Board to provide religious, morale and welfare programs for Jewish men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces, and to finance services to the organization’s 345 affiliated Jewish Community Centers was adopted by the JWB executive committee at its fall meeting, held yesterday at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Included in the 1954 budget is the sum of $694,000 for JWB’s Jewish Center Division, $663,800 for its Armed Services Division, and $398,500 for its Commission on Jewish Chaplaincy. These, together with JWB’s Women’s Organizations’ Division, which has $39,050 allocated for 1954, and its Bureau of Personnel and Training, for which $72,650 is to be set aside, are the major functional divisions through which JWB conducts its program.

The JWB Fund Raising Division, which reviewed the budget before its approval by the executive committee, heard an address by Julian Freeman, president of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, on “Prospects and Problems for Fund Raising in 1954.” Mr. Freeman called for a “sense of responsibility” as the keynote of fund raising in the coming year.

“A sense of social responsibility, voluntarily assumed, is our peculiar contribution to American life, and it should underlie the manner in which we approach our duties in the community,” Mr. Freeman said. He added that the outlook for business in the coming year is favorable for the agencies which depend on contributions for support, but he emphasized that the fear of a downturn, however unjustified, is a factor which must be reckoned with, and that confidence in the future is essential.

Irving Edison, of St. Louis, was re-elected as president of JWB, to serve a fifth term. Other officers named were: vice-presidents, Mrs. Alfred R. Bachrach, of New York; Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel of San Francisco; Mrs. Samuel R. Glogower of Detroit; Mrs. Walter E. Heller of Chicago; Philip M. Klutznick of Chicago; Carl M. Loeb, Jr. of New York; Charles W. Morris of Louisville, and Milton Weill of New York, all of whom were re-elected. Solomon Litt of New York was elected a vice-president. Joseph H. Cohen of New York was re-elected treasurer, and Ralph K. Guinzburg of New York was re-elected secretary.

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