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Districts Race for Half'Way Mark
in Wider Scope Campaign
V gHalA ll HE race is on. One million
dollars is the goal. The con¬
testants are B'nai B'rith
Districts II, III, IV and VI.
Each of the entries is trying
to be the first to raise its
quota in the B'nai B'rith Wider Scope
Campaign, so that the $2,000,000
drive might reach its half-way mark
by July 1st.
The Districts have come into the
final stretch almost abreast of each
other. District No II, at its convention
in Toledo May 29th and 30th reported
that 82 per cent of its quota had been
raised without the aid of the States
of Indiana and Kansas, Kansas City
and a number of smaller cities which
have promised to do their share in the
campaign at some not distant date.
District No. VI is straining to reach
first place by the time of its con¬
vention in Detroit on July 1st. Dis¬
trict No. Ill has covered about half
of the course set for it and has enough
reserve left for a fast finish. District
No. IV was expected to be a leader
with three-fourths of its quota raised
by June 18th, the date of its conven¬
tion in Long Beach, Calif.
During the summer the campaign
will move less rapidly, but preparations
will be made for the resumption of
the drive in the early Fall, when Dis¬
tricts, States and communities that
have withheld their efforts for more
opportune dates, will enter the race.
They will attempt to raise an addi¬
tional $1,000,000 to complete the
Wider Scope quota of $2,000,000 by
January 1st.
District No. I, which includes the
northeastern portion of the United
States and Eastern Canada, will toe
the starting line simultaneously with
the opening of the convention of the
National Wider Scope Committee in
New York City in September. The
quota of District No. I is $750,000.
District No. V, with its campaign
organization completed, is ready to be
off in the Fall, while District No. VII
will start at the same time. Dele¬
gates to Convention of District No.
VII in Memphis, May 22nd, were eager
for the race and gave assurance that
their quota would be reached with
little difficulty.
LOUISVILLE, KY.—The appeal of
the Wider Scope Movement to youth
was seen during the campaign in this
city. Young men who never before
had interested themselves in communal
affairs were the most ardent workers
in behalf of the cultural aims repre¬
sented by the Wider Scope Campaign.
Alfred M. Cohen, president of the
Order, officially opened the campaign
in Louisville at a mass meeting in
Temple Adath Israel on May 8th. It
was one of the largest Jewish gather¬
ings that had ever assembled in this
city.
Behind the success of the drive in
Louisville may be seen the efforts of
the Rabbis Dr. Joseph R'auch and
Dr. J. J. Gittleman, who not only
inspired the community but assisted
in the actual labor.
The Louisville campaign committee
included Rabbi S. N. Bazell, Rabbi
Benjamin Cohen, Louis Cohen, Gustave
Flexner, Rabbi Gittleman, Rabbi
Rauch, Lee L. Goldberg, Louis Gross¬
man, Ben Klein, Joseph Lazarus, Fred
Levy, Jr., Sol Levy, Rabbi A. N. Man-
delbaum, Louis Roth, M. Switow and
Rabbi A. L. Zarchy.
* * *
CLEVELAND, O.—Because numer¬
ous other drives had recently been
placed before the public in this city,
leaders of the Wider Scope Campaign
thought it advisable to limit their
solicitation to members of the B'nai
B'rith. This made the effort rather
difficult, and while Cleveland's total
quota has not been obtained, the cam¬
paign workers are deserving of the
greatest credit for having raised
$35,000 within a few days.
Maurice Gusman, the chairman, was
untiring both in preparing for the
drive and seeing it through. Max E.
Meisel, Alfred Benesch, John Anis-
field, as treasurer, and Joseph Wein¬
berger, who was in charge of the
team workers, devoted almost their
full time to the campaign. Besides
shouldering much of the burden of
the work, these men also were gen¬
erous in their personal contributions
to the Wider Scope Fund.
* * *
PITTSBURGH, PA.—In selecting
Leo Lehman to serve as chairman of
its Wider Scope Campaign, this city
moved forward towards success in the
drive which began on May 23rd. Mr.
Lehman is in the forefront of civic
and industrial life in Pittsburgh, and
every Jewish endeavor with which he
has identified himself has won the
confidence of the public.
Assisting Mr. Lehman are I. W.
Jacobs and A. L. Wolk.
The quota for Pittsburgh is $50,000.
Exemplary of the finest means that
might be employed in honoring a great
name in Israel was a pre-campaign
subscription of $1,000 presented by
Pittsburgh Lodge in the name of Judge
Josiah Cohen.
* * *
Almost single-handed, Joseph L.
Kun, president and campaign chairman
in District No. Ill, is advancing the
Wider Scope Movement in the com¬
munities of Western Pennsylvania. Re¬
cently he spoke before Hazleton Lodge
and obtained pledges totaling $3,000.
Following an address by Mr. Kun be¬
fore the lodge in Harrisburg, Rabbi
Philip Bookslaber started Lbe city's
Wider Scope Fund with a contribution
of $500. A campaign committee was
immediately organized, and the assur¬
ance was given that the city's portion,
$10,000, would be forthcoming.
Thirty-three hundred dollars was
raised at a testimonial dinner given
for Mr. Kun by the lodge in Bethle¬
hem.
Other towns visited by Mr. Kun are
Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.
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Harry Kaufman, State Chairman for
West Virginia, reports $6,500 raised in
Charleston, and $1,800 in Parkersburg.
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NEWARK, N. J.—The B'nai B'rith
and the Intercollegiate Menorah group
in this city are planning to conduct
a joint campaign beginning with the
fall. Their combined quotas will be
$60,000, of which $35,000 will be
applied to the purposes of the Wider
Scope Committee.
* * *
Felix Fuld and Frederick Jay will
be two of the leaders of the combined
effort in Newark. Judge Joseph
Siegler, Wider Scope chairman for
New Jersey, will devote his personal
efforts to the Newark drive.
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