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THE JEWISH MONITOR Friday, July 4, 1919. I EDITORIAL! & I JEWISH WELFARE BOARD. Some of our friends think that we are un duly alarmed about the intentions of the Jewish Welfare Board ; that we are mistak en as to its intentions to become permanent, and that the Board will disband after the completion of mobilization. We believe that our friends are wrong. We believe that in the minds of the officers of the Board, there is a very well defined intention to have the Board remain permanent. And the follow ing resolutions will confirm our views : "Whereas, the Jewish Welfare Board has served as a unifying influence in Jewish communal life, bringing the various ele ments of our communities together for ser-. vice and the furtherance of Jewish ideals, and "Whereas, the Jewish Welfare Board by creating a body of 400 trained Jewish wel fare workers and by organizing 200 Jewish community centers throughout the country, has made a distinct contribution to organ ized Jewish life in America, which should be preserved for the sake of the future of American Jewry, "Now, therefore, be it "Resolved, by the executive committee of the Washington branch of the Jewish Welfare Board that the Jewish Welfare Board has justified the high hopes of its founders and that we call upon the national executive committee to take steps looking towards the formation of a comprehensive national organization that will serve,, in times of peace, the interests of both Ameri canism and Judaism, and be it further "Resolved, that copies of this resolution be sent to the national executive commit tee and the local executive committee and the local branches of the Jewish Welfare Board throughout the country for consid eration and action." The resolution, sent by the Washington Board to every local branch of the Board, doubtless has the sanction of the New York office. We recall that the name of the Wash ington representative of the Jewish Welfare Board was affixed to the resolution, besides that of the chairman of the local branch. This would not have been done without the knowledge of New York. Twenty-four branches have so far en dorsed the resolution. Doubtless at this writing, there may be more. People en . dorse resolutions very often without think ing' seriously about them. It is when the call for money to carry on the work that was resoluted comes, that the howl begins. We prefer to do our howling now, and save ourselves the trouble later. Jones will have to pay the fiddler, we say down here in these wilds. Whatever the plans of the Board are, it will take money to carry them out. The money will not come solely from the officers of the Board nor from its paid secretaries. Those of us who have become professional "schnorrers" will have to raise the funds and while none would refuse on many occasions, there are . some at which the line will be drawn, and this is one of them. And we know whereof we speak. . The resolution says that the Board has created a body of 400 workers Jewish so cial workers ; good. Before the Board cre ated these, we knew of trained social work ers Jewish we mean, who went begging for positions ; has the Board created posi tions for these, or will it create them? Or is it not a fact that Board workers are be ing dimissed every day because of the fact that the prime necessity for their work has disappeared? It has organized 200 Jewish community centres throughout the country. We cannot prove our statement at this time for lack of absolute information; but de pending on our memory, nearly every centre where the Board has a branch, had before the organization of its branch, a Y. M. H. A. or a B'nai B'rith Lodge; and furthermore, the leaders of the Board's work in its cen tres, with the exception of a few cities where jealousies existed, were the men who were also the Y. M. H. A. or B'nai B'rith work ers. We have no grudge against the Jewish Welfare Board. We neither asked nor re ceived pay; we did our bit, and we still are the head of a local branch ; but there is one item that is larger than the Jewish Wel fare Board, and that is the Interests of American Jews. We said before that the Board has done its work moderately well; we know some thing of its initial "hardships ; we were at that time the executive secretary of the B'nai B'rith League,' which started the first real work in the cantonments. No one ex cept those who were actually in the work, know what a tremendous work it had. We have been told since we first praised the work of the Board, that we were mistaken. We do not believe it, and we still maintain that the Board did its work moderately well. But there let it end. It will have outlived its usefulness when the last man is demob ilized. We need Jewish workers but not paid workers; we need trained Jewish workers but not paid workers; we need Jewish cen tresbut not to furnish berths for salaried employes. We have wished many a time that even the rabbis would not use the To rah as a "spade to dig with," and that they were volunteer workers, as in the earlier days. But these are at least not organizing for the purpose of duplicating work that can be done and that is being done by others. We are not by ourself in this opposition to the Board. There are many who oppose it but have not yet mustered enough cour age to become open opponents. Their time will come. Herewith we append the letter of one of the oldest and best known rabbis, whose name we withhold because we have not asked permission to publish his letter: June Dear Friend: I want to thank you and congratulate you on the magnificent and very telling editorial, "Why a Permanent Jewish Welfare Board?" I trust that the Jew- ish ( ?) (his question mark) press will take it up and help kill the proposition. We are certainly overorganized and the question with us is: "How long, O, Lord?" Keep up the good work and let me express the hope that you will help in killing the proposition. With best greetings, Yours sincerely, The Jewish Press seems already to have taken the matter up. Our esteemed and in fluential contemporary, the American' Is raelite, quotes a portion of our recent edi torial and agrees with us that we are al ready overorganized. The very fact that so old and influential a paper as the Israelite, takes up this question and does agree with us, confirms us in the opinion that we have undertaken a task that is extremely import ant. We await co-operation from others who have expressed themselves aa In agreement with us on this matter. TAKE YOUR PRAYER BOOKS WITH YOU. Mr. Victor Hexter of Dallas, who never ceases to think or work for our faith, sug gests that we might do some good by re minding our readers of the fact that since the holidays this year will come at a time when many will be away on their vacations, they take their prayer books with them. The suggestion is an excellent one, and is the more apprciated because it comes from a layman. o Col. Harry Cutler, the energetic head of the Jewish Welfare Board has been award ed the Distinguished Service Medal. Col. Cutler deserves this recognition just as much as do Messrs. Mott of the Y. M. C. A. and Burke of the K. C. Col. Cutler probably had a much harder time than either one in the beginning of the organization of the Board. It is something to organize a Board which received the co-operation of all Amer ican Jewish institutions, and the success of the organization is due more than largely to the energy, persistence, labor, sacrifice and tact of the mosttime genial colonel of Providence. Miss Jeannette Miriam Goldberg of the United States is in Texas. Did you ever hear of Jefferson, Texas? That's where Miss Goldberg comes from originally. But the fact that she comes from a small town in East Texas, did not prevent her from be coming one of the outstanding Jewish wom en in this country, and one of the very best known. Miss Goldberg has contributed more to the success of the Jewish Chantauqua than any one else with the exception of Drs. Ber kowitz and Rosenau. But we frankly think that without Miss Goldberg, the society would have been a failure. Texas has pro duced many good things Miss Jeannette is one of the best Strength to her years and energies.