Community Leaders off on Second Cjfwf Mission to Europe, Israel
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Community Leaders off on Second Cjfwf Mission to Europe, Israel

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Fifteen Jewish community leaders from various sections of the United States, representing the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, left here last night for a tour of European centers and of Israel, to confer with other leaders and inspect health, welfare and educational installations assisted by their community campaigns in this country.

In London, first stop for the delegation, the community leaders will meet with leaders of the Central British Fund for Jewish Relief and Rehabilitation, and other Jewish communal organizations. In Paris, the delegation will visit facilities supported by American Jewish philanthropic funds, and confer with leaders of Fonds Social Juif Unifie, the central French Jewish welfare organization, and of the Standing Conference of European Communal, Services, an organization representing more than 100 communities in 11 European countries. The meetings have been arranged in cooperation with the Joint Distribution Committee, with whose leaders the delegation will also confer.

Arriving in Israel on June 25 for two weeks of intensive talks with officials and welfare leaders, the American delegation will examine developments since the first Council study mission in 1958.

The discussions with Israeli leaders will include shifts in American responsibility for health and welfare services in Israel to match changing needs, relation of American philanthropic funds to other forms of aid, and changes in agricultural, housing and educational needs. The conversations will also include basic economic developments underlying the need for assistance, prospects for greater self-support through voluntary financing in Israel, the JDC Malben program, and coordination of welfare services.

Between sessions, the American communal leaders will visit various installations and facilities to view at first hand the operation of welfare services assisted by their community campaigns. The European discussions will center around evolving community organizations and their progress towards self-support. Members of the delegation will report their findings at the Council’s General Assembly in Dallas in November.

Included in the group, which comprises the second overseas delegation sponsored by the CJFWF, were Irving Kane of Cleveland, president of the Council; Philip Bernstein, of New York; Mat M. Cuba, of Atlanta; S. P. Goldberg, New York; K. S. Goldenburg, St. Paul; Donald B. Hurwitz, Philadelphia; Lawrence E. Irell, Los Angeles; Irving Levick, Buffalo; Louis P. Smith, Boston; Isidore Sob loff Detroit; Michael A. Stavitsky, Newark; and Henry L. Zucker, Cleveland, Three members of the group will join the others in Israel. They are Bernard P. Popkind, of New Haven; and Morris W. Satinsky and Sol Satinsky, both of Philadelphia.

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