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C.J.F.W.F. Assembly to Consider Major Jewish Community Problems

The progress of Jewish community organization in the past quarter century will be reviewed at the 25th General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds which will take place in Toronto next month, it was announced here today by Herbert R. Abeles, CJFWF president. The Assembly will also set perspectives for programs and services in the years ahead.

Mr. Abeles emphasized that Jewish leaders from all parts of the world will participate in the gathering. The delegates from the United States and Canada, he said, will consider major problems of Jewish responsibilities at home and overseas, including critical financial needs, advancing health and welfare services, building leadership, strengthening Jewish cultural programs, community organization and community relations.

“The Assembly this year will mark an historic milestone in Jewish community life, Mr. Abeles stated, “for the history of the Council in the past 25 years is inextricably linked with the historic achievements of our Jewish communities during that period. We will review the lessons of the past and seek to lay a solid foundation for enriching Jewish life in the generation ahead.”

“The General Assembly will be a working conference,” Mr. Abeles added. “It is the one time of the year when presidents, executives, board members, campaign chairmen, budget chairmen, and other lay and professional leaders of our community organization can jointly discuss their problems frankly and fully, exchange experience and learn from each other how to deal most successfully with the major problems which confront all of them.”

The General Assembly is the annual convention of the 229 federations, welfare funds and community councils of the CJFWF. These member agencies, which comprise the Council, represent almost 800 communities and annually raise more than 90 percent of all Jewish philanthropic funds. As the governing body of the CJFWF, the General Assembly will determine its policies and programs for 1957, define the major Jewish welfare objectives, adopt a budget and dues schedule and elect the Council leadership for 1957.

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