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Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds Will Discuss Post-war Responsibilities

Emphasizing that the General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, which is to open on Feb. 4, in Pittsburgh, will be of greater significance to Jewish life “than at any previous time,” the headquarters of the Council today announced that more than 600 prominent Jewish community leaders from all parts of the country will participate in the Assembly.

A primary concern of the conclave will be the development of programs by Jewish agencies to meet welfare needs during the war and post-war periods, the announcement said. Jewish community organization will be the subject of one session. A second session will take up fund-raising and budgeting problems. A third session will deal with war problems and post-war planning for private community agencies. Ideal civic-protective programs will be taken up at the fourth session.

“The significance of the 1944 General Assembly for local communities is greater than at any previous time, for war conditions have imposed new and compelling demands,” the announcement said. “In some cities, joint fund raising has taken on a new emphasis as a result of community and war chest participation, while in others its basic structure is being expanded. These developments in turn reflect the broadened character of the demands met by the welfare agencies.

“The overseas situation too has imposed profound responsibilities upon American Jewish federations and welfare funds,” the announcement continued. “With territory redeemed from Axis oppression, concrete plans must be laid for repairing the damage done to the victims of the fascist terror. The Assembly program has been prepared with these considerations in mind. Because of the urgency of the present situation, the Assembly will extend over a day longer than in former years.”

The organization of a Federation of Bureaus of Jewish Education and kindred agencies will be one of the major questions to be discussed at a luncheon session arranged by the American Association for Jewish Education at the General Assembly, according to an announcement today by Mark Eisner, president of the Association. “The federation of Bureaus of Jewish Education is a plan which has been under consideration for some time,” said Mr. Eisner, “and it is hoped that at this session, this Federation will be launched.”

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