Solender Becomes President of National Conference of Social Welfare

Sanford Solender, executive vice-president of the National Jewish Welfare Board, took office today as president of the National Conference of Social Welfare, at the close of the NCSW’s annual convention here. The Conference is the “umbrella” organization of all social and welfare groups in the United States, with 5,000 individual and 1,200 organizational members. Mr. Solender was chosen president-elect of the Conference a year ago.

Mr. Solender, who took over the professional leadership of the JWB a year-and-a-half ago, was formerly president of the National Association of Jewish Center Workers. He has been in Jewish communal work for 25 years.

At another session of the social welfare organization, a report on a survey of young Americans engaged in swastika paintings and anti-Semitic vandalism was delivered by Edwin J. Lucas, director of the national affairs department of the American Jewish Committee. The study had been conducted by the research center of the New York School of Social Work.

According to Mr. Lucas, various agencies found themselves unable to cope with the basic flaw in intergroup relations implicit in the anti-Semitic actions. Anti-Semitic sandals, the report found, not only suffered from emotional maladjustments but also, in many instances, reflected family prejudices through their acts.

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