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A. W. Rosenthal, President Ass’n of Center Secretaries

June 10, 1929
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Abraham W. Rosenthal of New York City was elected president of the National Association of Jewish Community Center Secretaries at the concluding session of its meeting at the Jewish Community Center here yesterday. E. J. Londow of Newark was chosen first vice-president; second vice-president, Abram S. Magida, Kansas City, Mo.; third vice-president, Mrs. Esther Jameson, Newark, N. J.; secretary-treasurer. Maurice Bisgyer, Washington, D. C. Moses H. Chaseman, Albany, William Cohen, Brooklyn, S. I. Rodman, Perth Amboy, Mrs. Celia S. Stakosch, New York, Ronetta Mayer, Louisville, Edward Kahn, Atlanta, and Frank J. Rubenstein, Baltimore, were named to the executive committee.

Harry L. Glucksman executive director of the Jewish Welfare Board, summarizing the proceedings of the conference, said: “The central thesis of the Jewish Center program is undoubtedly the educational work, using that term in its broadest sense. Work with juniors has been emphasized, but to exclude or minimize work with seniors is to deny the implications of adult education. If we accept re-education of the adult individual as it is implied in the adult educational movement, we have a direct, important, and continuing responsibility toward the seniors and adults of our community.

Mr. Glucksman said that the Jewish Welfare Board would cooperate with the National Association of Jewish Community Center Secretaries in promoting such experimental studies; that he had in view the appointment of an advisory body from the membership of the Association to agree upon plans for the studies, to meet currently for the purpose of reviewing the results achieved from time to time, and to decide as to the reports to be presented thereon at the annual meetings of the Association.

Among the resolutions adopted was one that a committee be appointed to recommend such studies as would assist the Association to formulate a Jewish Center program calculated to carry out the accepted Jewish Center objectives. Another resolution was to the effect that the Program Committee be asked to arrange for the next Conference a major session be devoted to the problem of membership fees, dues, and privileges for girls and women.

“Standards of Physical Education” was the subject of a session attended by directors of physical education of Jewish Centers, as well as by other delegates of the conference. Samuel Leff, of the staff of the Jewish Welfare Board, presided. The discussion was led by Dr. Charles J. Prohaska, Director of Physical and Health Education of the State of Connecticut.

The general conference adopted a resolution approving the organization of a section of physical directors of Jewish Centers for the purpose of discussing their professional problems and a section was organized.

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