Jewish Federations Assembly Opens with Discussions on War-time and Post-war Action

The General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds opened here today with group discussions on War and Post-War Planning and on other important problems concerning Jewish community life in the United States, including fund-raising, the fight against anti-Semitism and community organization.

Reports and recommendations of the group discussions will be presented to the General Session which starts tomorrow with an important report by Sidney Hollander, president of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, and with an address on post-war perspectives for overseas reconstruction and relief by Francis B. Sayre, political advisor to the Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Post-war plans for the American scene will be outlined by William Haber, assistant executive director of the War Manpower Commission.

Today’s group sessions dealt with post-war planning by Jewish agencies in the fields of family welfare, child care, vocational training, care of the aged, health, educational, cultural and recreational needs. The group meeting dealing with Jewish community organization examined the question of relationships among local Jewish groups and community agencies. It also considered the development of sound cooperative relationships between local and national Jewish agencies.

The experience of Jewish welfare fund participation in local war chests and in independent campaigns during 1943 was reviewed at the panel dealing with fundraising and budgeting problems. Fund-raising prospects for 1944 were surveyed and budgeting processes were explored in an attempt to outline ways of developing greater community understanding of the programs supported by the Jewish welfare funds.

The fact that the post-war period of readjustment may intensify racial antagonism in the United States was taken into consideration during discussions which dealt with civic-protective problems. The activities of Jewish organizations engaged in civic-protective work were analyzed.

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