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General Assembly of Leaders of Jewish Federations Opens Today at Atlantic City

January 31, 1947
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The 15th annual General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds opens here tomorrow to review various problems concerning Jewish life in the United States, and to devise means by which the Jewish communities throughout the country can meet unprecedented needs, totalling $215,000,000 for current operations and $30,000,000 for capital purposes.

More than 600 Jewish community leaders representing 268 communities in the United States and Canada will attend the four-day session. One of the principal speakers will be Charles P. Taft, chairman of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. He will speak on the plans of the United States Government and intergovernmental agencies to help in reconstruction and relief in Europe, and the possibilities for immigration of displaced persons to the United States, Palestine, and other countries.

Problem of Jews overseas will be discussed by Dr. Isador Lubin, U.S. member of the United Nations Economic and Employment Commission and its Commission on Devastated Areas. Dr. Nathan Reich, head of the Economics Department of Hunter College, will also address the gathering on rehabilitation of Jewish life in Europe.

Under consideration:, also, will be plans for local Jewish community services, Jewish cultural trends, basic directions in organizing Jewish communities, and programs for dealing with anti-Semitiam in the United States.


A committee of outstanding community leaders headed by Milton Kahn and Sidney Cohen of Boston, have prepared a report for suhmission to the Assembly on the assets and liabilities facing communites in 1947 fund raising, with suggestions for securing maximum results. Among the prominent Jewish leaders who drafted the report are: Nate Shapiro, Detroit; Samuel Daroff, Philadelphia; Harold J. Goldenberg, Minneapolis; Leonard Chudacoff, Los Angeles; Jerome Udell, New York; Louis Loeb, New York; G. Irving Iatz, Ft, Wayne, and Frank Garson, Atlanta.

The committee, in addition to canvassing the judgment of its own membership, also secured the opinion of lay and professional leaders in a number of cities, including Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cloveland, Denver, Fitchburg-Leominster, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, Milwaukee, New Havep, Cmaha, Peoria, Pittsburgh, Rochester, San Francisco, St.Louis, Syracuse, Trenton and Worcester.

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