Jewish Leaders Gather in Pittsburgh to Map Plans for Meeting 1948 Responsibilities
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Jewish Leaders Gather in Pittsburgh to Map Plans for Meeting 1948 Responsibilities

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Plans for meeting effectively the responsibilities of American Jewry at home and abroad will be mapped at a two-day conference of ?lay and professional leaders of 30 of the largest Jewish communities, which opens here Saturday evening. The conference, to which the major Jewish national and overseas agencies are attaching great importance, has been convoked by the Council of Jewish federations and Welfare Funds, in an attempt to clarify basic Jewish needs.

The opening session will be devoted to analysis of the results and effects of 1947 fund raising, local and non-local operating and capital fund needs, and the relationship between local communities and national agencies. On Sunday attention will be given to 1948 overseas and national needs especially those of the United Jewish Appeal, whose leaders will participate in the conference. In addition to considering the 1948 requirements and programs, delegates will also review means of working out a closer year-around partnership with the U.J.A.

On the community level there will be discussion and planning with reference to current problems in providing adequate support for local services, and the extent to which communities should proceed with local capital fund raising for hospitals, Jewish centers, homes for the aged, and other institutions in the light of their national and overseas obligations.


Regarding Europe, the delegates will evaluate the possibilities of reconstruction rather than relief in the programs of the overseas agencies in 1948. They will also attempt to find out what help will be made available in the coming year from sources such as IRO, reparations, property restitution, government, and contributions from European Jewish communities. Concerning Palestine, they will consider the effect of the implementation of the proposed partition upon the programs and budgets of UJA agencies in 1948.

The delegates will consider national services to immigrants coming to the United States; local programs for refugees; the present opportunities and future prospects for immigration to countries other than Palestine and the U.S., and what is being done to increase such opportunities.

The conference will be aided in its deliberations by the following panel of consultants: Joseph E. Beck, executive director, United Service for New Americans; ## J. Gass, economist and co-author of “Palestine – Problem or Promise;” David ##, economic advisor to the Jewish Agency for Palestine; Moses A. Leavitt, executive vice-president, Joint Distribution Committee; Isador Lubin, economist, chairman, Technical Advisory Committee of CJFWF Institute on Overseas Studies; Robert R. Nathan, economist; and Joseph Willen, executive vice-president, New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

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