Robert H. Arnow Elected JTA President; Active in Jewish Affairs
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Robert H. Arnow Elected JTA President; Active in Jewish Affairs

Robert H. Arnow, of New York, has been elected president of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the worldwide news service gathering and distributing news and information concerning the Jewish people and the State of Israel, it was announced here today.

Mr. Arnow, 42, was born and reared in Boston and became a real estate investor after completing service in the Far East with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He is vice-president of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York and chairman of its 1967 campaign in Scarsdale. He is vice-chairman of the executive committee and member of the Board of the Bronx. Lebanon Hospital Center and a member of the board of Temple Israel Center, White Plains. Long deeply concerned over Jewish education, Mr. Arnow is vice-president of the American Association for Jewish Education. He became active in the work of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency out of the conviction that the Jewish community, more than any other group, required speedy, dependable sources of information and a constant flow of news from one community to another as a potent, unifying force.

Eleazar Lipsky, president of JTA since 1962, was elected chairman of the Board. Edward Ginsberg of Cleveland, Associate General Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and Philip Slomovitz, Editor and Publisher of the Detroit Jewish News, were elected vice-presidents; Isidor Schifrin of Cincinnati, secretary; and Abraham Goodman of New York, treasurer.

Mr. Arnow announced that Jerold C. Hoffberger of Baltimore would serve as chairman of the JTA Executive Committee which will exercise authority between meetings of the full board. Also serving on the JTA Board for 1967 are: Albert B. Adelman, Milwaukee; Lavy Becker, Montreal; Daniel M. Bernheim, Newark, N.J.; Rabbi Isadore Breslau, Washington; Victor Carter, Los Angeles; Joseph W. Feldman, Pittsburgh; Louis J. Fox, Baltimore; Lawrence Freiman, Ottawa; Charles Frost, New York; Arthur Gelber, Toronto; Mrs. Rose L. Halprin, New York; Isadore Hamlin, New York; Sol Kanee, Winnipeg; Label A. Katz, New Orleans; Irving Levick, Buffalo, N.Y.; Jacob M. Lowy, Montreal; Dr. Emanuel Neumann, New York; Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, New York; Hyman Saffran, Detroit; Joseph D. Shane, Los Angeles; Isidore Sobeloff, Los Angeles; Dr. Dewey D. Stone, Brockton, Mass.; Benjamin H. Swig, San Francisco; Ralph Wechsler, Newark, N.J.; and David H. White, Houston, Texas.

As president, Mr. Arnow will oversee activities of the JTA news service operating in more than 50 countries and transmitting more than 10,000 words of news each day. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency serves more than 100 newspapers in the United States and Canada and more than 200 around the world. It provides direct service to Jewish communities, central organizations, the Jewish leadership and Jewish institutions through daily news bulletins published in the United States, England, Israel, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Peru. In addition to the JTA Daily News. Bulletin issued in New York. JTA publishes the JTA Weekly News Digest, a weekly review of the major developments of the week, and the JTA Community News Reporter, a weekly report on the work of the organized Jewish community.

Mr. Arnow will also have a leading role in the observance later this year of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Correspondence Bureau, forerunmer of the telegraphic agency, in the Hague in 1917. The anniversary will be observed in New York next Autumn following functions in Israel and other overseas centers.

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