Assembly Commends Women’s Divisions After Address by Mrs. Blaustein

A resolution commending the CJFWF National Committee on Women’s Service was adopted here by the General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, emphasizing the achievements of the women’s group. The resolution was adopted following a keynote address by Mrs. Jacob Blaustein on the role of women in community organizations, delivered at a special workshop session here.

The Women’s Divisions of the federations and welfare funds now account for as much as 59 per cent of the gifts, the Assembly was told in a report. The report also showed that 17 per cent of the funds contributed to federations come from the women’s Divisions.

The resolution pointed out that, in addition to gains in funds, the intensive activities of women in the Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds also resulted in bringing understanding and commitment into the families. The benefits derived from the women’s work in campaigns, and from their services in various boards and committees, are “incalculable,” the resolution added.

In her address, Mrs. Blaustein said that women must realize they had “a special duty as givers. They must make ‘plus’ gifts which are separate and distinct from those of their husbands.” More than 270 women from 53 cities participated in the deliberations of the General Assembly.

In another resolution, the Assembly emphasized the shortages of professional personnel in Jewish communal agencies, and said in a resolution that these shortages handicapped the services of the Jewish communal agencies seriously.

“Despite the increases in the numbers of graduate students receiving professional social work education, the opportunities and the needs for staff continues to grow,” the resolution said.

It reported that the National Scholarship Plan of the CJFWF, in its first years, has added 36 persons to the field, and said that its greater potential had been manifested in the total of 175 applications received. It called on the communities to help assure that state and federal appropriations for public welfare training will be made available. It also called upon those Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds which had not shared as yet in the support of the National Scholarship Plan to do so.

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