Leaders of Jewish Welfare Funds Discuss Relationship with National Agencies

Relationships between local welfare funds and national agencies received the major consideration of the 150 community delegates to the assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds Southwestern States Region in San Antonio, held during the week-end.

The delegates, representing 16 major cities in that area, called for increasing recongnition by national agencies of the role the local organizations must have in national agency program planning and budgeting. It called for a working partnership between the communities which raise the money and the agencies which disburse it for national and overseas needs in their behalf.

It requested that the community representatives to the United Jewish Appeal’s executive and administrative committees be kept better informed of what is happening and urged that they be involved to a greater degree than heretofore in making cammign decisions. In this connection the delegates also requested that the number of community representatives from the Southwestern States Region to these UJA committees be increased.

The assembly also asked that national agencies clear their local campaign procedures with the central organization of each community and recommended that the communities participate jointly on a region-wide basis in planning their fund raising drives. The meeting also discussed how the communities can be better organized to meet social service needs in the Southwest, local community relations problems, and the organization and role of Jewish communal organizations in the year ahead.

Isaac S. Heller of New Orleans, president of the CJFWF’s Southeastern Region, and Dr. Benjamin B. Rosenberg, CJFWF national field service director, were guest speakers. Norman Hirschfield, Oklahoma City, was re-elected regional chairman; E. M. Sclow, Dallas, and Abe I. Lack, Houston, vice-chairmen; and Louis Fischl, Ardmore, treasurer. Sol Brachman, Ft. Worth, past regional president, was selected as the representative of the region to the UJA executive committtee.

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