Three-day Assembly of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds Opens Tomorrow

Leaders of Jewish federations, welfare funds and community councils in the United States and Canada will gather at the Hotel Statler here Saturday night for the opening of the 10th annual General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.

The three-day conference, dedicated to victory on the home front in 1943, will hear reports on the war-time experience of Jewish social welfare groups in 1942 and will formulate policies which will guide the Council’s 230 member agencies in 195 cities in mobilizing their resources to further America’s war effort. In the interests of war-time economy, the 1943 Assembly will be stripped of all non-essential activities and all meetings will be business sessions with attendance limited to delegates officially named by local communities and the representatives of national agencies.

James Marshall of New York, chairman of the Assembly Program Committee, in announcing final arrangements for the conference, expressed the belief that the 1943 Assembly would be the most vital in the ten-year history of the Council. He voiced the hope that the 1943 Assembly would clarify such dominant war-time issues as the spreading war chest movement, the effects of the new tax program on private philanthropic campaigns, the expansion of local functional services to cope with increased demands on the home front, and other problems now confronting Jewish communities.

One of the highlights of the Jewish welfare conclave will be a report on Sunday afternoon by the Committee on Civic-Protective Organizations, which has begun negotiating with the major Jewish defense agencies in the United States, with a view toward establishing a single centralized body for the direction of Jewish defense work. Sidney Hollander, president of the Council, said that a complete report would be made to the membership at the Assembly.

The fund-raising prospects of Jewish campaigns for local, national and overseas needs will be analyzed and discussed from the point of view of both Jewish communities which have affiliated with local war chests and communities which will conduct separate fund-raising campaigns. Monday will be crowded with meetings of the major national and overseas agencies supported by Jewish welfare funds. A discussion of the overseas and refugee programs will be held in the morning, and will be followed by a meeting on the place of Jewish education in the war-time planning of the Jewish community. The afternoon and evening sessions will be devoted to a review of the Army and Navy work of the Jewish Welfare Board and to an analysis of post-war problems which will be led by the research institutes of the American Jewish Committee and American Jewish Congress.

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