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San Francisco Federation to Start a Study of Jewish Population in Area

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A study of the Jewish population of the San Francisco area will be launched next October to provide a basis for evaluating community needs and future planning, Walter A. Haas, president of the Jewish Welfare Federation, announced this week.

Shifting of the Jewish population center, reflected in surveys which showed a population growth of 69 percent in San Mateo County, 59 percent in Marin County and only two per cent in San Francisco proper in the last eight years, Mr. Haas noted, had made planning of health and welfare programs difficult.

The new survey is designed to bring out exact information on the nature, location and specific needs of the Jewish population and its number, age distribution and interests. It is required, Mr. Haas pointed out, to determine how well the Jewish community centers are serving the community in their present locations; to plan for meeting the needs of an aging population and to determine the facilities necessary for care of the well and sick aged which “cannot be done intelligently without data on the size and nature of the problem.”

Information obtained through the study will also be useful in determining Jewish education programs and other communal services. Dr. Fred Massarik, research director of the Los Angeles Community Council, will serve as consultant to the advisory committee which will head the survey.

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