Assembly of Federations to Discuss Major Jewish Community Problems

Major problems confronting the organized Jewish communities in the United States and Canada in 1960 will be discussed at the 28th General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, which will open November 12 in San Francisco, it was announced here today by Herbert R. Abeles, Council president. The Assembly will also discuss Israel, overseas and domestic needs.

The General Assembly is the major annual meeting of Jewish leaders of 216 federations, welfare funds and community councils comprising the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. These member agencies, which represent more than 800 local communities throughout the United States and Canada, each year raise the bulk of all American Jewish philanthropic funds for local, national and overseas needs.

The opening session will concern the “American Jewish Future, its Form and Substance.” Leaders of the national Jewish cultural study sponsored by the Council, will report on their findings and will present a series of recommendations arising from the study. They will also analyze basic changes taking place in local communities and the shifts in programs to accommodate those changes.

Avraham Harman, recently appointed Israel Ambassador to the United States, will be the principal speaker at a special session on overseas and Israel needs. Joining Mr. Harman in a searching analysis of the current situation in Europe, North Africa and Israel, will be William Rosenwald, national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal; and Carlos L. Israels, president of the United Hias Service.

Mr. Harman will report on the most recent developments in Israel and project the picture ahead. He will explore the possibilities of meeting critical needs and strengthening Israel’s economy through increased philanthropic funds, private investment, intergovernmental aid and Israel bonds.

Mr. Rosenwald of New York, who was formerly general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and is a vice-president of the CJFWF, will survey the broad area of continuing Jewish needs in Europe. North Africa and elsewhere, Mr. Israel’s, who is also a member of the board of directors of the New York UJA and the Joint Distribution Committee and assistant treasurer of the Council, will analyze the latest developments in clearing up remaining refugee problems.

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