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Three Day Conference on Jewish Vocational Trends Opened in Boston

Current vocational trends and their impact on the Jewish community will be studied at a three-day conference of vocational service professionals gathered here from 20 different cities in the United States and Canada. The conference, which opened today, is sponsored by the Jewish Occupational Council, the national coordinating agency for the Jewish vocational service agencies, a group of communally sponsored agencies known for many pioneering programs in the field.

Highlighting the conference are discussions on problems faced by Jewish youth under academic pressures; an evaluation of the older workers’ changing status in today’s economy; and new approaches in helping the handicapped take their place in society.

Other areas which are being subjected to professional scrutiny are the implications of the new immigration law, particularly in regard to serving Jewish emigres; an assessment of programs for upgrading disadvantaged youth in our volatile society, and its impact on Jewish communal services. Dr. Sanford L. Kravitz, chief of Research and Program Development of the Office of Economic Opportunity, the keynote speaker at a dinner meeting tonight reviewed the Anti-Poverty program and its relationships to the Jewish community. Chairman of the Jewish Occupational Council is Samuel S. Greenberg of Detroit. Bernard Stern of New York City is executive director.

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