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Rabbi and Idgescom Leader Both Fresh from Russia Describe Situation

December 17, 1923
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Delegates of Ukrainian Jewish organizations in New York listened to reports yesterday by two recent arrivals from the Ukraine which differed radically in content but agreed on the necessity of continued aid.

Mr. “ashkas, head of the Idgescom in America who returned from Russia last week, was one of the speakers and Rabbi M. M. Lokshen who came here a week ago as a representative of the communities of Charkov and Kiev was another.

The former told of the movement among Ukrainian Jewry to return to the soil and of the young generation which, he said, was raised as useful working citizens of the future. He urged continuance of the reconstruction aid although he warned that those who furnish relief here may not always exercise supervision over the administration of the funds in Russia and Ukraine.

Rabbi Lokshen’s address contained a gloomy picture of the present and dark forebodings of the future. “Hunger still lurking there is even more terrible than the pogroms”, the rabbi said. Rabbi Lokshen attacked the schools under the supervision of the Idgescom, as destruction of the Jewish spirit and urged the delegates not to support the Idgescom which he said was responsible for the persecution of the Jewish religion.

Dr. A. Korolnik, Associate Editor of the DAY and President of the Federation of Ukrainian Jews, presided.

vladimir Grossman urged that the Jews in Russia must be helped towards economic independence. He proposed the Federation of Ukrainian Jews establish loan banks toade-schools and assist those who wish to follow agriculture.

The conference approved resolutions concerning constructive relief which were adopted at the last convention of the Federation of Ukrainian Jews.

The annual report was submitted by J. Chaiken, National Secretary.

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