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Page 2 NORFOLK J. C. C. NEWS NORFOLK J. C. C. NEWS Published monthly by the NORFOLK JEWISH COMMUNITY COUNCIL, Inc. 526 Dickson Building Norfolk 2748 Editor--Sydney S. Abzug UNITED JEWISH FUND (Continued from Page 1) Richmond Home annually. Local Responsibility Although everyone agrees that overseas needs are tre- mendous and vital to the pro- gram of maintenance and re- habilitation; it is also gener- ally agreed that national and local organizations must be maintained and allowed to ex- pand to meet their purpose. Neglect of local programs is short sighted and tantamount to selling our future short. Recognition of this fact has led to the" a b o v e described developments which must be adequately financed by our an- nual contribution to the Unit- ed Jewish Fund. Father and the Angels By William Manners The E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. is releasing an excellent new book by William Manners. It is the story of a Jewish boy's childhood and early manhood in Zanesville, Ohio, of his re- lationship with his Rabbi fath- er, his mother, sister and brothers, and of their life in a typical midwestern town. The Rabbi's kindness and un- derstanding of his children and of the various sinners in the community is heartwarm- ing, and inspirational in the best sense of that word. The humor, present on almost every page, is gentle and full of sentiment rather than comic, and the overall tone of the book is one of genuine understanding of a deep hu- manity and tolerance. It is a story ful lof quiet charm and sentiment which should do much to eliminate racial prej- udice. Reconstruction in Europe Formation of a new com- mittee on reconstruction, to advise the Joint Distribution Committee on activities de- signed to help Europe's Jew- ish survivors leave the relief rolls and achieve self-support, was announced by Edward M. M. Warburg, Chairman of the J.D.C. Four Point Program Under the chairmanship of Monroe Goldwater, New York attorney, the Reconstruction Committee, which consists of business executives, lab o r leaders and economic experts, will develop an expanded pro- gram of rehabilitative meas- ures in Europe. A four-point program of reconstruction is now under way consisting of c r e d i t societies, producers' cooperatives, vocational train- ing centers and work projects. Make Them Self-Sustaining Emphasizing that the pro- gram aids to provide oppor- tunities for self-support both for those Jews who plan to re- main in Europe and those seeking new homes elsewhere, Mr. Warburg pointed out that the J.D.C. has traditionally sought whenever conditions permit, to provide assistance of a reconstructive type. "To- day, with the most serious emergency conditions prevail- ing in many areas of Europe," he stated, "the J.D.C. is going forward with a widening pro- gram of reconstructive mea- sures designed to transfer Jewish survivors from the re- lief rolls to a self-sustaining basis. Only in this way can lasting aid be rendered and recurrences of such emerg- ency situations as today's be prevented." Aid Jewish Veterans to Settle on Land In order to facilitate farm settlement by Jewish veter- ans, the Jewish War Veterans and the Jewish Agricultural Society have drawn up a joint program. The two organiza- tions will help veterans from the initial purchase of land to guidance in modern methods of successful farm operation. Veterans seeking preparatory job training for agricultural careers will be assisted by the Society's farm employment department. The Jewish, war veterans, through its 600 posts throughout the country, will aid veterans in filing for loans and other benefits under the G.I. The posts will also con- duct educational programs to acquaint veterans with cur- rent agricultural opportuni- ties. Vice-President of Council Of Jewish Women to I. R. O. Conference WOMEN IN WORLD AF- FAIRS, one of the important women's groups in this coun- try, has recommended that at least one woman be in the dele- gation to the full conference of the International Refugee Organization which will be held some time during the late summer. Accordingly, t h a t organization h a s sponsored the nomination of three out- standing women and is asking the Secretary of State to give favorable consideration for in- clusion in the American dele- gation. One of these women is Mrs. Irving M. Engel. Fitted for Position Mrs. Engel is probably one of the best informed people in this country on the problems of displaced persons and refu- gee and immigrant welfare. She is a member of the Execu- tive Committee of the Amer- ican C o u n c i 1 of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service, the Executive Board of the National Committee on Post War Immigration Policy, the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Rescue G r o u p, and the Executive and Admin- istrative Committees of the United Jewish Appeal. She is chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Council of Jewish Women, a Vice-President of that organ- ization, and Chairman of its National Committee on Over- seas Service. It is important that a large number of organizations write to the Hon. George C. Mar- shall, Secretary of State, urg- ing her appointment. It would help a great deal if letters of endorsement would be secur- ed from intersectarian organ- izations and copies of the let- ters sent to Edwin Rosenberg, President of United Service for New Americans, 15 Park Row, New York 7, N. Y. Novels and Plays of American Life Sought by S. O. S. for Jewish Community of Bulgaria A special request from the Jewish community in Sofia. Bulgaria, for books and dramas by American authors has just been received by the S. O. S. (Supplies for Over- seas Survivors). According to Manuel Siegel, J.D.C. overseas representative, an extensive cultural program has been undertaken by the Bulgarian Jewish population in Sofia. CONTINUE DRIVE IN SUMMER (Continued from Page 1) The former Secretary of the Treasury pointed out that the International Refugee Organ- ization, which is supposed to succeed UNRRA, does not have the resources and per- sonnel in any way compar- able to that formerly available to UNRRA. I. R. O. Inadequate As an example of the in- adequacy of the I. R. 0. bud- get, Mr. Morgenthau cited the fact that it will have some 25 cents a day per D. P. in con- trast to between 85 cents and $1.00 a day per D.P. available to UNRRA. "Who will supply that great gap?" he asked. Unless the American people as individuals fill the gap cre- ated by the drastic curtail- ment of the intergovernmental relief programs by providing large-scale relief and recon- struction assistance to large numbers of Europe's survivors of war and oppression a "dis- astrous situation o v e r s e a s may culminate in acts of des- peration," he added. Pointing out that the ma- jority of Europe's displaced Jews, as well as large num- bers of the surviving Jews living outside the D. P. camps, were waiting for an oppor- tunity to go to Palestine to rebuild their lives, Mr. Mor- genthau urged the American people to sustain the morale of the Jewish D.P.'s as theY wait for a United Nations de- cision on Palestine by estab- lishing through the United Jewish AppEal a reconstruc- tion program which would "substitute hope and promise for despair and disillusion- ment." Seek Books in European Languages In addition to seeking do- nations of books and records to satisfy this special request from Bulgaria, SOS is cur- rently seeking books of poetry, drama, fiction, history and biography in languages native to the surviving Jews of Eur- ope. These books are being used to establish libraries in D. P. camps for the refugees awaiting resettlement and to provide leisure and educationm reading for Jews who are at- tempting to reconstruct their lives in Europe. Note: If you have such books to donate, please get in touch with the Jewish Com- munity Council, Norfolk 27485.