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Chicago Conference Inaugurates I. O. B. B. Campaign for $2,000,000

August 31, 1926
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The inauguration of a $2,000,000 campaign for a cultural fund was decided upon at a conference called by the Independent Order B’nai B’rith, which was opened here Sunday morning.

Forty-four leaders of the Order were present at the sessions held at the Chicago Beach Hotel, when the B’nai B’rith Wider Scope Committee submitted reports in which the general nature of the appeal was outlined. Speakers empasized that funds will be asked of all American Jews and the fund will be administered for all activities of the Order outside of the organization proper.

Dr. Boris D. Bogen, Executive Secretary of the I. O. B. B. and national director of the campaign, in outlining the purpose of the drive, stated that 50 per cent of the funds collected will be allotted for the budget for five years of the Hillel Foundations established by the B’nai B’rith at American universities. The other 50 per cent will be divided equally among the Palestine Housing Plan of the I. O. B. B., the work of the Anti-Defamation League, the maintenance of the activities of the Aleph Zadik Aleph, Junior organization of the Order, for the work of helping the refugees in Mexico and for other cultural activities.

Alfred M. Cohen, president of the Order, declared that the fund would aid the organization to develop Jewish leaders and to create a better atmosphere of understanding of the Jew.

Rabbi Louis L. Mann of Chicago addressing the conference on the importance of the Hillel Foundations declared that the primary task which now faces American Jewry is the writing back of the youth for Judaism and to make it proud of its heritage and people.

According to the campaign program it is planned to carry on the drive by a system of national, district, state and local committees. The chairmen of seven districts of the I. O. B. B. expressed their belief in the success of the campaign. Henry Monsky of Omaha, Nebraska, was elected chairman of the national campaign committee.


A tribute to the late Dr. Charles W. Eliot was issued by the New England Zionist Region through its president, Elihu D. Stone.

“With the death of Dr. Charles W. Eliot, America lost its greatest intellectual force. Dr. Eliot was not only a friend of the Jewish people, but was a friend of humanity. We have a particular reason to mourn him. as no one either on this continent or on the other side has spoken with such clarity and such force as he has, on problems affecting the Jewish people everywhere,” the statement declared.

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