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Goldsmith Quits Top Job at Chicago Federation; James Rice Successor

February 24, 1966
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Samuel A. Goldsmith, for 36 years executive head of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Jewish Welfare Fund and the Combined Jewish Appeal, will retire on July 1, it was disclosed today. A joint statement by A. D. Davis, president of the Federation, and Morris Glasser, president of the Welfare Fund, announced the designation of James P. Rice, of New York, as executive director of the two agencies.

Mr. Goldsmith, active in the social welfare field for more than 52 years, attained national prominence and has been a key figure in the community service field in Chicago as an organizer of the Community Fund, a member of the Chicago Board of Health, vice-chairman and acting chairman of the Illinois Public Aid Commission, and in other public bodies. During World War II, he served in the Allied Military Government and at Allied Force Headquarters in the Mediterranean, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. Rice, executive director of the United Hias Service since 1956, has had more than 30 years experience in the social welfare field, including 11 years in various capacities directing relief, rehabilitation and resettlement activities of the joint Distribution Committee overseas. He is a member of the governing board of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies in Geneva, and an officer of the American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service and the American Immigration and Citizenship Conference.

The Chicago Jewish community is one of the largest in the world, and the Jewish Federation and its institutions have a budget of $38,500,000 for 1966. Since its establishment by Mr. Goldsmith in 1936, the Jewish Welfare Fund and, subsequently, the Combined Jewish Appeal, have raised in excess of $138,000,000 in addition to the operating and building funds raised by the Jewish Federation.

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