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Union Will Discuss New Finance Plan in April

March 3, 1924
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A special council of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations will be held in Chicago on April 13th and 14th, when five hundred delegates from reformed congregations throughout the United States will gather to discuss methods of raising funds for the various activities of the Union, including the maintenance of the Hebrew Union College, Department of Synagogue and School Extension, Board of Delegates on Civil Rights, National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods and the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods.

At the fiftieth anniversary convention of the Union which was held in New York last year, a proposal was made for the establishment of a new method of financing the Union, which would distribute the expenses equitably among all the congregations affiliated with the Union. The proposal called for a synagogue income assessment, based on the expenditures of the congregations. This matter was discussed at a meeting of the Executive Board which met recently in New York, and it was decided to call a special council of the Union in Chicago to consider the new plan, and amend its constitution so as to make the system a permanent part of the organization.

The present method of securing income for the Union is by individual contributions and annual drives. The new plan aims to eliminate the latter, and is an attempt to shift the burden of finances from the individual to the congregation.

The burden of effecting the new financial plan is in the hands of the Committee on Apportionment of the Budget Committee. It is made up of members of the Executive Committee of the Union. Jacob W. Mack is Chairman and the other members are Charles Shohl, president of the Union, Julius W. Freiberg of Cincinnati, Manrice D. Rosenberg of Washington, D.C., David A. Brown of Detroit, Ludwig Vogelstein of New York, Herman Wile of Buffalo, Isaac M. Ullman of New Haven, Connecticut, and Rabbi George Zephin, Secretary of the Union. Mr. Julius Rosenwald is actively participating in the arrangement for this conference.

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