NEW YORK (Jan. 16)
A call for a “coming together” of American Jewish organizations, educators and social scientists at the earliest possible moment to seek joint action to capitalize on the sentiments engendered by the Six-Day War to develop an involvement in Jewishness in general and in the American Jewish community, was made here by Jacob Katzman, national secretary of Farband Labor Zionist Order.
Mr. Katzman told a two day session of the organization’s national board that unless energetic steps were taken, “the sentiments of last summer may evaporate and an unusual opportunity will have been lost.” The problem, he said, was not one for a single organization but required a total mobilization of the community.
The board, which expressed the readiness of Farband to cooperate with other organizations in joint activities aimed at the younger elements in American Jewry, voted to seek a fund of $1 million a year during the next few years for the Farband Foundation to finance an expanded and intensified cultural and education program. One objective of this program, it pointed out, would be to seek closer liaison between young intellectual forces in America and Israel.
The 55th anniversary of establishment of Farband was celebrated at a dinner Sunday at the Hotel Americana, at which Dr. Gershon Winer, Dean of the Jewish Teachers Seminary, installed the national officers of the order. Anniversary celebrations are scheduled for the rest of this month in American and Canadian cities where Farband has more than 40,000 affiliated families in more than 270 branches in 60 cities.