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December 30, 1971
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It was also learned that a representative from the South Bronx declared the Jewish community there had written asking for Jewish representation on the Morrisians Poverty Council and warned, “If we receive no answer, we will move in and take over. This is what Mayor Lindsay has taught us–the use of power. If we speak softly, nothing will happen.”

Other speakers, it was learned, warned of a growing anti-Semitism and noted that it was an “arbitrary” policy decision that established the existing poverty areas and programs that keep a fair share of poverty money from the Jewish poor. Speakers asserted that this situation can be changed by an “administrative decision” of Mayor Lindsay.

According to reports, several speakers urged that Jewish leaders and organizations “reorder” their priorities and let “Jewish concepts” come first, before worrying about general community problems. There were calls for the “restructuring” of Jewish agencies and settlement houses which “no longer serve the needs of the Jewish poor.”

The Ad Hoc Leadership Committee’s subcommittee comprises the American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Association of Jewish Poverty Workers, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Jewish Labor Committee, New York Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

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