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Cleveland Jewish Group Proposes Program to Deal with Racial Riots

A comprehensive action program for dealing with the needs of the Hough area in this city — the section of Cleveland that suffered from serious racial rioting here recently — has been proposed to city and state officials by the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Community Federation.

Jay D. Feder and Sidney Zilber, vice-chairmen of the CRC, said the proposed short-run crash program was worked out in cooperation with other community organizations. The CRC was concerned, Mr. Feder said, with the plight of Jewish businessmen in the inner-city area whose enterprises were located in the path of the rioting. The extent of the role of anti-Semitism in the disturbances, he said, will be evaluated by the CRC.

The proposed CRC program includes: Demolition of vandalized properties wherever legally possible, with steps to be taken immediately for reconstruction or conversion of these properties; an intensive clean-up campaign in the entire area; opening of a job placement bureau for all youths aged 16-21; opening of new recreational facilities; emergency provision of food and housing for those displaced by the rioting; and establishment of a special $350, 000 fund for rehabilitation of the area.