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World Ort Union Sees Growing Jewish Poverty in the U.s

The fastest growing areas of Jewish poverty are not in Third World countries but in the United States, where 10 percent of the Jewish community of six million is below the poverty line. This emerged from this week’s conference of the central board of the World ORT Union. David Young, chairman of British ORT, said last night that, as a result, the organization was broadening the geographical scope of its vocational training programs. He was speaking at a banquet in the City of London’s Guildhall.

Young also said ORT was being asked to set up technical courses in established Jewish day schools in Britain and other Western countries. In Britain, too, ORT was engaged in a pilot study for unemployed Black youngsters in the London dockside-district of Lambeth. It is financed by Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee Fund.

Other speakers were Lord Goodman, president of British ORT, Dr. William Haber, president of the World ORT Union’s Central Board, and M. Daniel Mayer, chairman of the World ORT Union’s executive committee.