Lake Placid, N. Y. (Jun. 16)
A ten-year program of Jewish occupational redirection. to be executed “on a large and adequate scale” in communities large enough to form a basis for full experimentation, was recommended here by Dr. Ben M. Selekman, president of the National Conference of Jewish Social Service, in addressing the first general session of the forty-sixth annual meeting of the Conference.
Pointing out that “the problem of Jewish economic adjustment is inextricably bound up with the problem of the entire American Jewish community,” and calling attention to the fact that the recent Supreme Court decision on the NRA indicates that a fundamental change in America must come gradually, Dr. Selekman said that Jewish social workers must think through and help to effect a sound program for recovery and reconstruction.
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“Social workers must help rouse public opinion to enact adequate measures of relief and of social security,” he said. “But Jewish social workers must also make some approach to the peculiar problems of economic maladjustment among Jews.”
Dr. Samuel C. Kohs, of the Graduate School of Jewish Social Work in New York, recommended the formation of a National Council for the redirection of occupations among Jews. This council, he said, should be joined by large Jewish national, religious and fraternal organizations, as well as by women’s and social service agencies.
The problems of economic adjustment of Jews in America should be studied very carefully, Dr. Kohs advised. He emphasized that a study of these problems made in thirty small Jewish communities in the country showed that each community has individual difficulties which must be solved for that community, rather than on a national scale.
Dr. Kohs reported that the Southern and Southwestern small Jewish