Jewish Organizations in New York Establish Agency for Veterans’ Needs
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Jewish Organizations in New York Establish Agency for Veterans’ Needs

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A central planning and coordinating agency for veterans’ needs has been established in New York under the joint sponsorship of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and the National Jewish Welfare Board, it was announced here today by George Z. Medalie, president of the Federation and Frank L. Weil, president of the Welfare Board.

The new organization will be known officially as the Committee for Coordinating Jewish Community Services for Veterans. It is being financed by a special grant from the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, as part of its long-term program for meeting the post-war needs of community life. Specific coordination projects already planned by the new organization are:

1. Expansion of existing Jewish employment and vocational counselling facilities for veterans, and the conducting of an intensive job-finding campaign for veterans among New York employers.

2. Adaptation of family and individual case work services to fit the special needs of veterans and speed their reintegration into civilian life. In addition, a plan is being put forward to pool the business loan and consultative services of various Jewish agencies, aiding veterans, if necessary, to become self-supporting through small business loans — this service to be auxiliary to the federal loan provisions of Public Law 346, the “G. I. Bill of Rights.”

3. Stimulation of the extension of recreational, cultural and social outlets for veterans through their neighborhood Y’s and community centers, through a special inducement to veterans to use their facilities on the basis of a free six-months’ membership.

4. Plans looking toward the setting up of a physicians’ panel in cooperation with hospitals affiliated with the Jewish Federation.

The present number of organizations united in the new committee is eighteen. About thirty more local Jewish welfare and community organizations have applied for membership and will be admitted within the next two weeks. Additional applications are expected to swell the total of participating organizations to upwards of 100 in the near future. Chairman of the new organization is Ralph K. Guinzburg, for many years a leader in the welfare and philanthropic life of this city.

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