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Roosevelt Assures Jewish Social Workers of U.S. Role in Post-war Rehabilitation

May 17, 1944
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President Roosevelt, in a message to the annual meeting of the National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, which opens here tomorrow, pledged that “America will play its full part in the vast program of rehabilitation of human life and the reconstruction of the institutions of civilized living.”

“The trained and experienced social workers of our country will have the opportunity to perform their important and historic function in the vast program that lies ahead,” the President said in his message, addressed to Louis Kraft, president of the Conference.

Assistant Secretary of State, Adolph A. Berle, will be one of the principal speakers at the five-day annual meeting here which will be held at the Hotel Statler jointly with the National Association of Jewish Center Workers and the National Council for Jewish Education. More than 1,000 delegates and visitors are expected to participate.

The program planned for the meeting is based on the studies of a number of communities and the discussions will include an examination of common problems. The subjects will be related to economic changes in Jewish life, group work and recreation, cultural and religious activities, community relations, youth, vocational adjustments and recent developments with regard to problems brought about by the war situation.

The National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare is the professional body of Jewish social workers with a membership of 650 individuals and 250 agencies in every state of the union, and in Canada. The National Association of Jewish Center Workers and the National Council for Jewish Education are devoted to the specialized fields of group work activities and Jewish education. Louis Kraft, New York, is president of the conference; Meyer E. Fichman of Los Angeles is president of the Center Workers group; and Rabbi Samuel M. Blumenfield of Chicago, is president of the Educators.

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