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Jwb Adopts Budgets for Next Two Years; Social Work Fellowship Voted

April 20, 1964
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Budgets totaling $1, 591, 500 for 1965 and $1,651, 500 for 1966 were adopted here today at the closing session of the biennial convention of the National Jewish Welfare Board.

Also announced at the session was the establishment of a Solomon Merit Fellowship to help alleviate the critical shortage of social work personnel in Jewish centers and YMHA’s throughout the country. The fellowship, which was established by 65 friends in honor of the retiring president of the NJWB, will be awarded annually for study in the field of social work.

In an address at the closing session today, Sanford Solender, executive vice-president of the JWB, said that the principle function of Jewish centers and Y’s was to help the Jew experience being a Jew as a vital living matter, and to provide an opportunity “for Jews of all ages to learn of and experience their heritage and to apply it to their everyday life. “

At an earlier session, Dr. Abram L. Sachar, president of Brandeis University, said that American Jews have been “finally emancipated from their self-consciousness.” He attributed this development to the establishment of the State of Israel. “Self-confidence,” he declared, “can only grow as Israel grows. When we travel to Israel, we must not go merely as tourists or yet as rich cousins, but as pilgrims in communion with a motherland, as Jews and, respected as Americans, representatives of another free land. “

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