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American Jewish Congress Starts Job-finding Effort for Ghetto Youth

April 8, 1968
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The American Jewish Congress has launched a city-wide job-finding campaign for ghetto youth, At a meeting with Mayor John Lindsay, the organization said it was enlisting 25,000 of its members in the metropolitan area to seek summer and permanent jobs for youth aged 17 to 22.

David Haber, chairman of the AJ Congress New York metropolitan council, said each member was being asked to find at least one job for a jobless youth by July 1. He cited a finding of the President’s Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders that 18 to 25-year-old Negroes constituted a large part of the nation’s 500,000 hard-core unemployed.

Mr. Haber told the mayor that letters and job order blanks had been sent to AJ Congress members and that all job offers emerging from the campaign would be sent to the New York City Manpower and Career Development Agency, which will seek to match job offers to applicants.

Murray AA. Gordon, chairman of the organization’s commission on community inter-relations, and head of its national program in behalf of the urban crisis, told the Mayor that the AJ Congress was organizing inter-racial un-armed teams to patrol the streets during evenings to help the police in high crime areas in New York City, They are equipped with two-way radios to alert the police. Rabbi Samuel Schrage of Brooklyn, who founded a voluntary security patrol in Crown heights in 1965, is working with the AJ Congress in organizing the volunteer teams.

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