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Group Formed to Consolidate Drive Activities

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The work of consolidating national and international appeals in behalf of Jewish relief and welfare agencies was given impetus yesterday when announcement was made by the National Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds that plans had been completed for a Jewish Welfare Mobilization and the organization of a Mo###ization Committee of 150 community leaders from all sections of the country.

According to William J. Shroder of Cincinnati, president of the National Council, who made the announcement, the Mobilization Plan is intended to sponsor joint, cooperative fund-raising campaigns throughout the country. These joint campaigns will replace the individual and frequently overlapping and duplicating drives fostered by numerous welfare, relief, educational and other Jewish organizations.

The plan is the work of the Interim Committee, headed by Ira M. Younker of New York, which was appointed last January at the annual session of the National Council in Chicago for the express purpose of fostering a mobilization organization.

A basic feature of the plan, Mr. Shroder pointed out, will be consideration of every type of Jewish interest and activity. To this end a mobilization committee has been sought which would reflect American Jewry in its entirety.


Among New York notables named to the committee are: Mr. and Mrs. Felix M. Warburg, Percy S. Straus, Nathan Straus Jr., Edward L. Bernays, Judge Otto A. Rosalsky, Horace M. Kallen, Rabbi Samuel H. Goldenson, Harry F. Guggenheim, Sol M. Stroock, Jonah J. Goldstein, David Dubinsky and B. Charney Vladeck.

Following is a group from other cities: Sidney Landsburgh, Baltimore; Louis E. Kirstein, Boston; Eugene Warner, Buffalo; Albert D. Lasker, Chicago; Max Hirsch, Cincinnati; Edward M. Baker, Cleveland; Lee J. Loventhal, Nashville, Tenn; Fred M. Butzel, Detroit; Joseph Weingarten, Houston, Tex.; G. A. Efroymson, Indianapolis; Judge H. A. Holzer, Los Angeles; I. S. Joseph, Minneapolis; Henry Monsky, Omaha; Dr. Cyrus Adler, Philadelphia; Leon Falk Jr., Pittsburgh; Governor Julius Meier of Oregon; Isidore Loeb, St. Louis; Jesse Steinhart, San Francisco; S. Hart Groen, Winnipeg: Harold Hirsch, Atlanta, and Edmund I. Kaufman, Washington, D. C.

“The plan for a Jewish Welfare Mobilization,” Mr. Shroder stated, “is an essential step in the program of the National Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds and its forty-three constituent federations and funds in thirty-eight cities. The National Council was formed to meet the need of these community organizations for a cooperative group, national in scope, which would aid them in evaluating changing conditions, would help in establishing principles and methods for the guidance of local community work to meet changed situations, and would assist in interpreting the needs of community organization for lay and professional communal leaders.

“The plan for a Jewish Welfare Mobilization not only meets a long felt need but its operation may well prove the foundation for a new integration in Jewish community organization. It bespeaks the active interest and support of every Jew concerned with communal problems.”


The Mobilization Committee also includes:

Bertram M. Aufsesser, Albany; Harry Greenstein, Sidney Hollander and Judge Eli Frank, Baltimore; Judge A. K. Cohen, Mrs. Hyman Freiman, Judge J. J. Kaplan and Dr. Don M. Selekman, Boston; Judge Mitchell May, Brooklyn; Judge Samuel J. Harris, Buffalo; A. M. Luntz, Canton, Ohio; Max Adler, James H. Becker, L. E. Block, Samuel A. Goldsmith, Sol Kline, Mrs. Mae O. Spiegel and Leo F. Wormser, Chicago; Oscar Berman, Alfred M. Cohen, Maurice J. Freiburg and Mrs. A. Walter Freiberg, Cincinnati; Judge Maurice Bernon, Samuel Goldhamer, Salmon P. Halle, Mrs. Sig. Herzog and Louis S. Bing Jr., Cleveland; Fred Lazarus Jr., Columbus; Sam Thal, Dayton, Ohio.

Also Dr. William Friedman, David Harlem and Phillip Hillkowitz, Denver; Rabbi Eugene Mannheimer, Des Moines, Ia.; Charles Enggass, Meyer L. Prestis and Henry Wineman, Detroit; Rabbi Max C. Currick, Erie, Pa.; Mrs. Morris Joselo and Herman P. Kopplemann, Hartford; L. J. Borinstein, Indianapolis; I. Irving Lipsitch, Rabbi Edgar F. Magnin, J. A. Rosenkranz and Judge Lester W. Roth, Los Angeles; Charles W. Morris, Louisville, Ky.; Milton B. Binswanger and Dr. L. W. Levy, Memphis, Tenn. F. Saltzstein, Milwaukee; Arthur Brin and Mrs. Brin, Minneapolis; Samuel F. Leber and Michael A. Stavitsky, Newark; Dr. J. W. Newman, New Orleans; David Bressler, David M. Heyman, S. D. Leidesdorf, Solomon Lowenstein, James Marshall, Mrs. S. J. Rosensohn, Dudley D. Sicher, Fred M. Stein, Lewish L. Strauss, Mrs. Leo Sulzberger and Rabbi Jonah B. Wise, New York City; Bernard Silverstein, Oakland, Cal.; William L. Holzman, Omaha; Jacob Billikopt, Judge William M. Lewis, Albert Lieberman, Dr. Solomon Solis-Cohen, Judge Horace Stern and Morris Wolf, Philadelphia.

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