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May 27, 1960 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-05-27

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Low Ebb in Intermarriage, NCJCS
Convention Told; Honor Avrunin

LaMed and Sobeloff Named Trustees of Culture Foundation

Louis LaMed and Isidore
Sobeloff, of Detroi t, were
elected to the board of trustees
of the National Foundation for
Jewish C u 1 t u r e, Inc., at its
organizational meeting in New
Y o r k, it was announced by
Julian F r e e m a n, of Indian-
apolis, interim chairman.
LeMed is chairman of the
cultural committee of the Jew-
ish Welfare Federation of De
troit and head of the LaMed
Foundation.
Sobeloff is executive vice-
president of the Detroit Jewish
Welfare Federation and a mem-
ber of the board of the council
of Jewish Federations and
Welfare Funds.
The Foundation, incorporated
in the State of New York, came
into existence through a direc-
tive given by the General
Assembly of the CJFWF in San
Francisco last November.
The Foundation is undertak-
ing its mandate to bring enrich-
ment to the field of Jewish
culture, help achieve the most
effective service on the part of
existing Jewish cultural
agencies, and interpret the un-
met needs in this field to the
community at large.
Simultaneously it was an-
nounced that the Council of
Jewish Cultural Agencies, rep-
resenting the major institutions
in the field of Jev'ich culture
in the United States and
Canada, and serving as a plan-

ATLANTIC CITY, N. J.,
Mrs. Florence G. Heller of
(JTA).—More than 40 percent Chicago, a vice-president of the
of prospective Jewish migrants National Jewish Welfare Board,
registered throughout the world received the second annual
prefer to go to the United award of the Research Insti-
States instead of to any other tute for Group Work in Jewish
country, James P. Rice, execu- Agencies.
tive director of United Hias
The modern American Jew
Service, reported at the 62nd has a "relatively low and
annual convention of the Na- stable intermarriage rate," a
tional Conference of Jewish University of Pennsylvania
Communal Services.
sociologist declared here, ad-
More than dressing the National Confer-
2,000 are in at- ence of Jewish Communal
tend ance at Services. Dr. Joshua A. Fish-
the conven- man, director of research at
tion which in- the University's Albert M.
cludes also Greenfield Center for Human
t h e national Relations reported on a 1959
meet ings of survey of American Jaws, and
t h e National told the delegates that inter-
Association of marriage among Jews was
Jewish Center only '7.2 percent. He report-
Workers, t h e ed that American Jews resid-
N a tio nal ed in areas of high urban
Council f o r concentration and showed
Jewish Educa- "disturbingly low fertility
tion, . and the even in the period of the
Association of baby boom and regardless of
Jewish C o m - occupational differences." He
munity Rela- said that the Jewish fertility
tions W o r k- rate was only 79 percev. of
the national average.
Dr. Shapiro ers.
The median annual income of
Even prospective migrants
who have the legal right to stay American Jews was given as
where they are," said Rice, "do 1 $5,954, the sociologist reported.
not feel really settled because ! He said that 22 percent of the
they have not abandoned their heads of Jewish households
hope to be reunited with their were college graduates, and 61
families in the United States percent were high school grad-
uates. Seventy-eight percent of
and in other distant lands."
Ann S. Petluck, United States American - Jews were white col-
operations director for United lar workers, with a large ratio
Hias, told the conference that of professionals, according to
MURRY
"the ability of Jewish migrants the survey.
to resettle in the United States,
KOBLIN
Moses A. Leavitt, executive
now and in the future, hinges vice-president of the Joint Dis-
on favorable action in the U.S. tribution Committee, reported
ADVE
Senate on the various immigra- that "in some respects, the
RTISING
tion bills that are pending." problem of the Jewish refugee
During the period 1955-1959, is considerably closer to solu-
ART
she said, United • Bias Service tion than that of other refu-
assisted the resettlement of gees." "For this," he s a i d, UN.
close to 40,000 Jewish migrants. "there is one factor chiefly re- 1-5600
Of that total, she declared, 15,- sponsible: the existence of Is-
18039
000 of the migrants came to the rael. When Israel opened its WYOMING
United States.
gates to all Jews who wanted
The Confer-
to go there, it made the most
ence elected
important and most effective
Dr. Judah J.
gesture possible in solving the
Shapiro of
problem of the refugees."
New York as
Jewish communal service in
president. He
this country in the future must
is secretary of
emphasize the entire commun-
t h e National
ity, rather than the individual,
F oun dation
the Conference was told by
for Jewish
Shapiro. .
Culture.
Albert P. Schoolman, execu-
Sol Rafel,
tive vice-president of the Cej-
executive di-
win Camps of New York dis-
rector of
cussed ways of improving Amer-
Bronx House,
ica's 3,400 Jewish school s,
New York, is
which have an enrollment of
the newly
550,000 pupils.
elected presi-
Mrs. Hilda Lucas, in an ad-
dent of the Rafel
dress to one of the conference's
National Association of Jewish major sessions, reported that
Center Workers.
three-quarters of the problems
Awards for the best papers that come to the new suburban
delivered at the 1958 and 1959 office of the Jewish Family and
conventions of the Conference Children's Service of Detroit
of Jewish Communal Service concern difficulties with chil-
were given to William Avrunin, dren in school or at home.
associate director of the Jewish
She stressed that most of the
Federation of Detroit, for 1958, problems were symptomatic of
and to Hope Leichter and Jud- family problems and were han-
ith Lieb of the staff of the In- dled through treatment of the
stitute for Research of the Jew- parents rather than direct treat-
ish Family Service of New ment of the child.
York. The presentations were
"If there could be a common
made by Theodore R. Isenstadt denominator for the problems
of Newark, New Jersey, Awards of this suburban community —
Oak Park—it would probably
Committee chairman.
Avrunin's paper was on be immaturity, with its accom-
"Payments for Service to panying probleni of inability to
Jewish Communal Agencies" identify or empathize with
and the paper by Miss Leich- others," Mrs. Lucas said.

ter and Miss Lieb was on "Im-
plications of a Research Ex-
perience with Caseworkers
and Clients."

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