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Five-day National Conference of Jewish Social Workers Opens Today in Cleveland

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The Golden Anniversary meeting of the National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare will open here tomorrow with more than 600 national delegates attending. The parley, which will close on June 12, will have as its theme: “After Fifty Years-New Frontiers in Jewish Communal Service.”

The intensive sessions, which will be devoted to an examination of social welfare programs in this country and abroad, will pay special attention to the problems of youth and children, aged, law and social welfare, vocational guidance and health, refugees, family case work, centers and day camps. To adequately cover these fields, it is planned to hold 17 specific institutes and sessions, in addition to one general session devoted to the problem of overseas needs and recent developments in Israel.

The Conference will also treat the administrative techniques necessary for successfully carrying out the services available to meet the various needs in the field of Jewish social welfare. Still another important aspect of the convention will be the question of how to help the whole community become more aware of the services available to it. A dinner and reception honoring the past presidents of the Conference, and marking the death of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, one of the founders of the Conference, is also scheduled.

In conjunction with the conference, the United Service for New Americans and the Jewish Occupational Council will Jointly hold a one-day national parley of American Jewish leaders to map a program of vocational services and Job opportunities for displaced Jews who are now in the United States. The session will open with two addresses on the DP job problem and the current status of DP legislation at a luncheon meeting, after which a workshop session will consider various aspects of the employment situation. Reports of the workshop sessions and a general discussion will follow in the evening.

On June 9 and 10 the Committee on Services to Refugees of the National Conference of Jewish Social Work will sponsor three sessions on DP’s: 1. Social service needs; 2. Patterns of community service; and 3. New approaches to work with emigres. The USNA has revealed that its Vocational Services Department has placed a total of 6,190 former DP’s in various Jobs since May, 1946.

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