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National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare Closes Six-day Session

June 10, 1942
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The National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare today concluded its six-day annual meeting, electing Kurt Peiser of Philadelphia as president. It was decided to hold next year’s sessions in Cleveland.

The conference was addressed last night by Clarence E. Picket, director of the American Friends Service Committee, who expressed the belief that post-war relief should be financed largely by governments and not by private agencies.

Mr. Pickett praised the Jewish reconstruction efforts in Palestine and praised the relief work of the Joint Distribution Committee. He emphasized that the JDC “has played a most significant and valuable role in its vast experience in relief ever more than 25 years,” and spoke of the cooperation which has prevailed during the last few years between the JDC and his own committee with regard to relief and services to refugees.

Elliot E. Cohen of New York, in a statement read before today’s session, pointed out that while war services play an important role in the program of Jewish social welfare agencies, they must not overlook the importance of their day-to-day services to the sick and needy in appealing for public funds.

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