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Urges Jewish Centers Form Vocational Boards to Guide Youth in Selecting Career

October 21, 1930
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A plea that the Jewish community center “not only pursue its work along old-fashioned lines of ‘keeping the boy off the street’ but go further by having the most representative Jewish business and professional men in each community form boards of vocational counsellors and advisors so that Jewish children will not engage in already over-crowded fields of endeavor, but be diverted into other channels,” was voiced here by United States District Attorney Phillip Forman, of Trenton. Mr. Forman was the principal speaker at the dinner which closed the 19th annual convention of the New Jersey Federation of Y. M.-Y. W. H.A.’s held here Saturday night and Sunday.


At the business session of the convention held this afternoon attended by more than 250 delegates and visitors from twenty-two communities throughout the state, Louis Bamberger was elected by acclamation the honorary president of the federation. His many services to the Jewish community center movement in his state were extolled and highly laudatory references also were made to the service of his late brother-in-law, Felix Fuld, who was president of the federation at the time of his death.

Philip Dimond of Paterson was unanimously re-elected president. Other officers also elected unanimously were: Michael A. Stavitsky, of Newark, first vice-president; Harry Goldowsky, of Jersey City, second-vice-president; Judge William Newcorn, of Plainfield, third vice-president; Mrs. Jerome Samuels, of Elizabeth, financial secretary; Mrs. Alexander Budson, of Trenton, recording secretary; and J. Jerome Schneider-man, of Bayonne, treasurer.

Among the resolutions adopted was one pertaining to the charges of alleged racial discrimination at Rutgers University. The president is authorized to appoint a committee to ascertain the facts and this committee in turn, is to report back to the executive committee of the Federation, which shall then recommend a course of action, either as an individual entity or together with other groups.


In other resolutions adopted the convention urged support for the Allied Jewish Campaign, adequate support for the community centers, Jewish education and the Jewish Welfare Board. Another resolution praised the work of the Board’s field secretary for New Jersey, E. J. Londow, of Newark. The 92nd St., New York, and Baltimore “Ys” were congratulated for dedication of new buildings.

A keynote for economy in community center administration was sounded at a special conference on “The Business Situation and its Relation to Communal Work.” This discussion was led by Benjamin Buttenwieser, of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. and treasurer of the Jewish Welfare Board, who asserted, however, that “too stringent an application of economic curtailment applied to social welfare needs may lead to social unrest and in turn to anti-social behavior”. Harry L. Glucksman, executive director of the Board, was another speaker.

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