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Jewish Federations Assembly to Discuss Problems of American Jewry

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The 27th General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds will take place November 13-16 in Washington, it was announced today by Herbert R Abeies, president. The last General Assembly to take place in the nation’s capital was in 1950.

More than 700 Jewish community leaders from all parts of the United States and Canada are expected to attend the annual four-day meeting. They will deal with the major problems confronting American Jewry and jointly seek solutions. They will formulate the most effective policies for meeting Jewish needs locally in communities, nationally, and overseas in Europe, North Africa and Israel.

The opening general session will feature a report on the findings of the Council delegation which conferred in Israel with top leaders there. The 18-day consultations were the first under Council auspices. The frank and intimate discussions dealt with the current situation and future needs as they relate directly to Jewish Welfare Funds responsibilities. The delegation likewise interpreted American Jewish community organization, fund-raising, and programs to the Israeli leaders.

Another highlight will be a major presentation on health and welfare needs in America. Two outstanding personalities will speak, one on the American scene generally and the second on Jewish needs. This session will also feature the presentation of the annual William J. Shroder Memorial Awards and the Edwin Rosenberg Award.

The community leaders will take part in more than 25 workshop and general sessions which will deal with major Jewish problems at home and overseas. The sessions will include fund-raising and budgeting for Jewish needs in 1959, strengthening health and welfare services and building community leadership. A major concentration will be on campaign workshops designed to pian structures and techniques for the 1959 drives.

The General Assembly is the annual meeting of the 214 federations, welfare funds and community councils that comprise the CJFWF. These member agencies represent approximately 800 Jewish communities throughout the United States and Canada. Through united Jewish community campaigns, they raise the bulk of American Jewish philanthropic funds each year for local, national and overseas Jewish needs.

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