NEW YORK (Aug. 3)
The Jewish War Veterans of the United States now has a total member ship of 120, 000 as compared with 100, 000 registered members at the end of World War II, it was reported here today at the official opening of the 64th annual convention of the organization. More than 5, 000 members are attending the convention.
Sam Shaikewitz, National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans, who revealed these figures in his presidential address, said: “The membership started declining about 10 years ago. Now it is climbing rapidly to higher figures than ever. And the indications are that we shall continue to grow numerically. The American Jew who served in World War II or in Korea wants to be identified as a Jew.” He reported that, during last year alone, 5, 000 new members adhered to the JWV organization.
The JWV, he told the delegates, intends to increase its contact with Jewish veterans in all other countries in the free world, particularly Israel. Plans are being laid to increase the cultural exchange program between the JWV and the veterans’ organizations in Israel, he reported.