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Y Group Names Stavitsky Head at 23rd Parley

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Michael A. Stavitsky, Newark realty and insurance man and a former social worker, was unanimously re-elected president of the New Jersey Federation of Y. M. H. A.’s and Y. W. H. A.’s at the twenty-third annual convention at the Paterson Y. M. H. A. today.

Speakers at a testimonial dinner which concluded the convention, included Mayor Ellenstein, of Newark; Judge Barison of Jersey City, and Benjamin Buttenwieser treasurer of the National Jewish Welfare Board. George Surosky was toastmaster.

The influence of the Jewish center on Jewish education was the theme of a morning conference at which Harry L. Glucksman, executive director of the Welfare Board, presided. The discussion was led by Dr. Samson Benderly, director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in New York; Dr. Mordecai Soites, Rabbi William Margolis and Rabbi Leon S. Lang and Dr. Leon Mones, of Newark.


At a convention luncheon, the guest speaker was Frank Weil, president of the Ninety-second street Y. M. H. A. in New York.

Mayor Hinchliffe of Paterson greeted the delegates. Among those giving reports were Samuel Leff, field secretary; Harry Goldowsky, of Jersey City and Max Schwartz of Newark; Bernard S. Coleman of Newark; Morris Margaretten of Perth Amboy; Mrs. Leonard H. Gidding, of Plainfield; and Edward Sachar, Plainfield, Federation treasurer.

Stressing the fact that not one constituent association of the New Jersey Federation of Y. M. H. A.’s and Y. W. H. A.’s closed its doors during the past year due to financial difficulty. Stavitsky, in opening the convention asserted that “this is significant of but one thing—the indispensability of our movement to Jewish life in America.”

Stavitsky and Leff joined in lauding the memory of Felix Fuld, Newark philanthropist, who was president of the Federation at the time of his death. The present leader told of the progress made in the establishment during the past year of the Felix Fuld Camps for boys and girls, sponsored by the Federation, at Milford, Pa.

Felix Fuld Clubs for Jewish youth have been formed in Plainfield, Paterson, Jersey City and Newark, Stavitsky disclosed.

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