Cjfwf Assembly Opens Today; Will Discuss Jewish Community Problems
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Cjfwf Assembly Opens Today; Will Discuss Jewish Community Problems

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More than 750 Jewish community leaders from every part of the United States and Canada will participate in the 22nd General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, which opens here today at the Statler Hotel.

The delegates will analyze the major problems facing American Jewish communities in 1954. These include appraisal of domestic, overseas and Israel philanthropic needs, planning and budgeting for local services in the light of changing conditions, recruiting and developing leadership, strengthening community organization, building more successful fund raising campaigns, problems of caring for the chronic sick and aged, and community responsibility for planning Jewish education.

speakers at the assembly include Julian Freeman of Indianapolis, CJFWF president; Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver; Judge Simon E. Sobeloff, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals; Professor Gardner Patterson, director of the International Finance Section of Princeton University; Miss Dorothy C. Kahn, chief of the Social Service Section of the United Nations; Mrs. Zena Harman, advisor on social affairs to the Israel delegation to the United Nations.


The Assembly will open tomorrow with a roundtable discussion of Israel and overseas needs and current developments in national-local relations. Professor Patterson, who has made two on-the-spot surveys of Israel’s economic condition recently for the United States Government, will report on his findings. Miss Kahn, who has studied conditions in Israel, will give a first-hand report on various aspects of social welfare programs in which American Jewish philanthropy has played a role. Mrs.

Herbert R. Abeles of Newark, chairman of the CJFWF National-Local Relations Committee, will report on the work of his committee in 1953 in coordinating programs of national and overseas agencies. Michael A. Stavitsky, chairman of the Council’s Advisory Committee on Overseas Studies, will preside over the general discussion which will follow the presentations.

In other major sessions, the Assembly will relate the overseas pictures to planning and budgeting for changing domestic needs, development of leadership, plans to reverse the declining trend of fund raising; planning for the chroaic sick and aged, and community responsibility and planning for Jewish education. The annual awards for “Best in Community Interpretation” materials will be made. National and departmental advisory committees will hold their meetings at the Assembly.

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