Effects of Atomic Age on Jewish Life in U.s.a. to Be Weighed by N.c.j.c.s.

Social tensions, domestic and world issues, and problems of the atomic age as they affect Jewish life will come under intensive scrutiny of 2,000 social workers and community planners at the 64th annual meeting of the National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, June 2 to 6, in Atlantic City, it was announced here today by Donald B. Hurwitz, of Philadelphia, Conference president.

Subjects to be considered by the conferees, Mr. Hurwitz said, will include health in the atomic age, implications of extreme rightist activity for Jewish communities, church-state relationships, religion in the public schools, worldwide Jewish-Catholic relationships, delinquency among middle-class adolescents, changes in metropolitan areas, segregation in the North, the relationship between public and voluntary services, the effect of public funds on voluntary services, and world tensions and national anxieties and their effects on Jewish communal service.

These are among the topics to be discussed by more than 350 speakers, experts in every phase of health, welfare, education, and community planning and administration, addressing 143 sessions of the conference and preliminary meetings starting May 30.

Over-all theme of the gathering will be “Jewish Communal Services in Context: Perspectives and Implications for Today’s Practice.” This will be dealt with specifically at four general sessions and related discussion meetings. It will also be reflected in the deliberations of many other sessions. Mr. Hurwitz will preside at the general sessions, where keynote addresses will be given by Philip Bernstein of New York, executive director of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds; and Harold Silver, director of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Detroit.

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