Four-day Assembly of Jewish Federations Opens Today in New Orleans

More than 1,000 Jewish community leaders from all parts of the United States and Canada arrived here today to attend the 26th General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds which opens here tomorrow.

The Assembly will continue for four days, will adopt decisions on major problems affecting Jewish community life in the United States, will appraise the achievements of 10 years of American Jewish aid to Israel, and future needs. The keynote speaker, Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, will deliver an address on the goals of Jewish life in America and the outlook for the future.

Workshop sessions will consider such pressing community problems as Jewish communities in the changing South; when should a community build a home for its aged? metropolitan planning in large cities, and developing social services in the small community. The workshops will discuss budgeting for total community needs, grouped in accordance with size of Jewish population. One will be developed to the question of stepping up recruitment of professional personnel. Workshop sessions in the afternoon will concentrate on planning for 1958 campaigns.

The four- day conference will continue Friday with two series of workshop sessions, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Highlight of the Assembly will be a special luncheon session devoted to Israel. Speakers are: Ernest Stock, CJFWF consultant on Overseas Studies, who has recently returned from a three-month visit to Israel and other Middle East countries; Herbert A. Friedman, executive vice-president of the United Jewish Appeal; and Isidore Sobeloff, executive vice-president of the Detroit Jewish Welfare Federation.

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