MILAN (May. 22)
A check for 1, 700, 000 Belgian Francs ($34,000) to aid the influx of North African Jews in France was presented today to the Standing Conference on European Jewish Community Services at the close of a two-day meeting.
The money was the proceeds of a national campaign among Belgian Jews, which Jewish leaders said marked the first time that a drive had managed to enlist the support of all elements of the Belgian Jewish community.
The delegates, representing the top lay leadership of health and welfare services of Jewish communities in 11 European countries heard reports from the various countries on the progress of the Conference’s emergency aid fund for North African refugees in France.
In response to a plea from the Fonds Sociale Juif Unifie, the major French Jewish welfare agency, the Conference took special action to make places available as quickly as possible for children of the North African refugees in vacation camps operated by the different European communities. The delegates were told that such openings were urgently needed in large numbers to supplement camping facilities in France.
The conference also heard reports and discussions on activities of the commission on community health services, centers and camps, personnel and from the committee of Jewish community organization executives. Participants included Charles H. Jordan, overseas director general of the Joint Distribution Committee.