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Investigations have disclosed that there is no basis for reports of discrimination against Jews in city relief, it was announced yesterday at the annual convention of the Jewish Council of Greater New York in the Hotel Pennsylvania.

Bernard G. Richards, chairman, urged the introduction of the Jewish community council of “Kehillah” idea in New York to strengthen local Jewry. In the course of his address, Richards criticized the Federation of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York for “moving in the direction of splitting up instead of unifying the Jewish community” by forming its own council of societies instead, of “utilizing an existing agency like the Jewish council.”


The report on relief came during an address by Jacob L. Warkow, secretary. Warkow reported organization of a Waiters’ Mutual Aid Association to combat discrimination against Jewish waiters.

Touching on Hitlerism, the secretary declared that until recently Nazi propaganda was spread through the League of Nations Chronicle. He said that publication of a series of letters by Herman Kirchoff assuring Chronicle leaders that Jews were not being mistreated in Germany was halted after a complaint by the Council.

Other speakers were Dr. Mordecai Soltes and Carl Sherman. Resolutions were adopted calling for a committee on coordination of Jewish activities, expressing sorrow at the death of Adolph S. Ochs, condemning anti-Jewish discrimination, backing the United Jewish Appeal, and instructing the executive committee to take up with radio station executives the fact that many programs burlesque Jewish life.

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