Assembly of Jewish Federations Starts Four-day Session Today in Dallas
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Assembly of Jewish Federations Starts Four-day Session Today in Dallas

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Virtually every problem currently facing the organized Jewish communities in the United States and Canada ranging from domestic responsibilities to overseas programs, focusing past achievements, present issues and forecasts for the near future, will engage 1,000 representatives who began arriving here today for the 30th General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.

The CJFWF Assembly convenes tomorrow for four days of (deliberations, reports, discussions, seminars and general sessions. But some preliminary meetings got under way today. The most important of these is the series of meetings begun by the Large City Budgeting Conference, comprising representatives of the 23 largest organized Jewish communities in the country, with the exception of New York.

Irving Kane, of Cleveland, president of the CJFWF, will swing the gavel for the Assembly’s opening general session at a luncheon tomorrow, in the grand ballroom of the Statler Hilton Hotel. The principal speaker at that session will be Dr. Maurice B. Hexter, executive vice-president of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York.

Another general session, tomorrow night, will feature a “Report on Israel.” Mr. Kane will present the findings and recommendations of a CJFWF delegation which he headed on a survey of conditions in Israel, Europe and North Africa. Dr. Isador Lubin, consultant to the Jewish Agency for Israel, Inc., will describe the progress made since the Agency’s reorganization last year, as well as the Agency’s program for the coming year. Judge Theodore Levin, of Detroit, will preside at that session.

A second session will be devoted to the “Report on Israel,” Friday afternoon. Under the chairmanship of Lewis H. Weinstein, of Boston, a panel of 15 community leaders will discuss the details of the reports presented the previous night.

Moses A. Leavitt, executive vice-president of the Joint Distribution Committee, will introduce at the Assembly a background discussion of overseas needs and problems, including a report on the current problems and future outlook in rescue, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction for Jews in areas of danger and insecurity in various parts of the world.

At the annual dinner, Saturday night, devoted to a topic entitled “America’s Welfare, a Time for New Ideas,” the Herbert R, Abeles memorial address will be delivered by Abraham A. Ribicoff, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. The annual Schroder awards will be made at the dinner to the Associated Jewish Charities of Boston and the Jewish Federation of St, Louis, Stanley C, Myers, of Miami, will preside.

A business session will conclude the Assembly Sunday, when a summary dealing with substance and directions will be presented by Philip Bernstein, of New York. Louis J. Fox, of Baltimore, will report on the meetings of the Large City Budgeting Conference; final Assembly actions will be reported by Louis Stern, of Newark; and action on 1962 budget and dues will be reported by Edwin Rosenberg, of New York. Election of officers and board members will follow.

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