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Blum to Succeed Fisher As CJF President

Irving Blum, immediate past president of the Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund of Baltimore, will be elected Saturday night in Toronto as president of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, succeeding Max M. Fisher of Detroit.

Blum, a former president of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, is a member of the National Commission of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, a member of the Board of the Baltimore Urban Coalition, vice-president of the United Fund and chairman of the newly established institute for Jewish Life. He has been chairman of the Associated’s annual fund campaign and was chairman of its 1967 Israel Emergency Fund.

Blum is the third Baltimorean to be president of the CJF, which is entering its 41st year. The other two were the late Sidney Hollander (1939-45) and Louis J. Fox (1967-69). There are three other Baltimoreans on the current CJF Board: Fox, a life member; Jerold C. Hoffberger, and Mrs. Frank A. Kaufman. Blum graduated from City College, New York, and Johns Hopkins University.

Fisher, a Detroit industrialist, has headed the CJF for three terms. He is honorary chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, chairman of the Board of Governors of the reconstituted Jewish Agency and chairman of the United Israel Appeal, and was president of the Detroit Jewish Welfare Federation. A confidant of Israeli Premiers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and of President Nixon, he was active in 1968 and this year on behalf of Nixon’s candidacy, This past May, Fisher won Einstein Medical College’s Albert Einstein Commemorative Award for philanthropy.

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