NEW YORK (Jul. 17)
The National Jewish Welfare Board reported today that new records were set during 1957 in providing religious service by Jewish chaplains and morale services by volunteers to Jewish servicemen around the world.
At home and abroad, the chaplains covered an estimated 1,000 bases and conducted 17,473 religious services attended by 583,055 Jewish troops. Volunteers affiliated with the organization’s Armed Services Division sponsored 24,100 group activities in which. 2,089,200 servicemen and their families took part.
The Armed Services Division provided 285,500 individual services such as housing, counselling, home hospitality and similar help, distributed 207,300 religious items and its 9,300 volunteers served 44,000 hours each month. The Women’s Organization Division shipped 1,000,000 morale packages to 65 countries and provided 3,500 seder packages. Its 7,500 volunteers, serving in veterans hospitals, set up 1,300 recreational programs.