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September 13, 1963 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-09-13

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Fri day, Sept. 13, 1963 — THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — 18

Machinery, Requirements, Goals of Federation Detailed by Sobeloff

is tremendous and that it de-
serves our time, our energy and
our resources.
By continuing to marshal the
forces that want to "do good"—
and by developing our local com-
munity structure, we shall, simul-
taneously, do better on the en-
tire world scene and earn con-
tinued honors for our services
here in Detroit. And the New
Year, in consequence, will be a
better year for our community,
and its individual citizens, than
the year past.

Above and beyond the topic
These facts become clear to of economic adjustment are re-
Executive Vice-President,
of orderly organization, there is us from a knowledge and an in- latively new, but already we
Jewish Welfare Federation
as always the need for a whole- terpretation of facts, from af- have substantial evidence of po-
Beginning with the decent, al- some giving climate. The local filiation and consultation with tentialities that need to be stud-
most naive notion that whatever Federation and Welfare Fund general Community Chests and ied, for future planning. For
is "good" deserves our support, movement has been described as Councils of Social Agencies and these services and to meet other
Federations and Welfare Funds the greatest force for unity in from our study of developing needs, there is growing aware-
have come into being beCause American Jewish life. The in- legislation and the clearly-dis- ness that communities cannot
Jews have been willing, even terests of the Jewish communi- cerned trends in the various plan effectively, agency by agen-
eager, to lend a helping hand in ties of America and the welfare fields of social service. From cy, or even field by field, and
the vast humanitarian projects of Jews everywhere are inter- those areas where general com- that the facts and the interpre-
of charity, rescue and relief.
related and the success of the munity service is adequate and tation of the facts must lead to
The vast majority of our con- Welfare Fund spells success for satisfactory we should continue community-wide decisions on
tributors is not too familiar with the United Jewish Appeal agen- to recede.
program and on financing. This
1963 auto companies' equip-
nor very much interested in the cies and all other associated 'In family welfare,. under Jew- seems elementary.
intricacies of organizational po-
ment and plant investments in
ish auspices, the new emphasis
litics. The catastrophic condition
Michigan: a billion dollars.
Recognition of the Welfare should be on the special, unmet
of our people called forth a great Fund as a force to be streng- need, the area where public ser- may need constant study, our
sympathy, and a great financial thened, as a mechanism to be vices are not functioning. In problems at home and abroad
response from American Jewry improved and as a way through child care the need for multiple may require more rounded-out
that flows from the tradition of which American Jewish support Jewish agencies has disappear- attention, our rules of the game
giving that is so deeply rooted of major Jewish interests can ed, but continued sectarian may need to be revised in the
For All
in our people. The motivation is best be secured goes a long way supervision and placement is in- interest of information and edu-
Your Holiday Needs!
humanitarian and basically phil- toward insuring successful cam- dicated. In hospitals, the con- cation and a better sense of
partnership, but there is an
paigns and harmonious commun- tribution that special commun- over-all agreement that the task
The motivations that have led ity endeavor. To this task local ity groups can make toward the
us to band together and the communities and national agen- advancement of teaching, treat-
frame of mind of our Welfare cies alike must dedicate them- ment and research and the spe-
Fund workers and contributors selves. Planning, one without the cial social values of workshop
We extend our heartfelt greetings for a
in setting up this communal or- other, is ineffective. Planning facilities for Jewish doctors
good health and good cheer to all our
ganization and in giving their together is the only answer. combine to indicate continued
relatives and friends, and we pray that they
support must be taken into ac- Only on that basis can our com- Jewish concern; but the deficit
count in determining how far munal goal be reached — and needs, thanks to socialized in-
should enjoy the bounties that are decreed
we can plan and to what pur- only on that basis can Jews in surance and other factors, de-
pose. Fund-raising machinery, dire need overseas, get the full cline.
as has frequently been stated by measure of aid for which they
In the care of the aged, old
May the coming year be full of blessings
way of belittlement, may be cry out to us.
age assistance also has affected
only a device, but the contribu-
for American and world Jewries
Our campaign workers and the number requiring congre-
tors regard that device as an
and for our kinsmen and their neighbors
efficient, orderly, intelligent
and fair way of dealing with the lar continuing contact with our stitutional deficit is declining.
individual's and the community's services through the machinery We must continue our studies
responsibility toward the major that they set up to support them. looking toward improved social
organizations and causes at home They must have a hand in bene- and medical programs, and to-
fitting from these services, in ward the care of the chronic
and abroad.
strengthening them, if need be, sick, within the Homes for the
Whatever can be done to in- to have the opportunity to ad- Aged
and outside. Informal edu-
crease efficiency and develop vise us and to shape these ser- cation
and group work are
orderly process, whatever can vices for the greater good of developing
a new philosophy that
be done to insure intelligent con- us all.
needs to be related to other
sideration of needs, whatever
All of this must be calculated community programs, notably
can be done to determine which
agencies are entitled to support to build up a fine esprit de corps those of formal education.
The efforts of vocational
and how much support they within the campaign groups, be
should receive in relation to they trade, professional or geo- agencies to deal with problems
each other, in relation to the graphically organized. In the
total requirements and in rela- months before and after a cam-
tion to the funds available, the paign, meetings are arranged to
which all the workers and con-
contributor wants done.
tributors in a group are invited.
May it be Thy will, 0
He wants it done in his be- These
groups choose their offi-
half as an individual and he cers, they
our God and God of
wants it done collectively for to plan programs, to build up
the community. This, I submit,
our fathers, to forgive
to help with collections, to
is an attitude of interest, and a lists,
pardon us for all our
concern toward the major prob- agencies, to do everything pos-
lems that face us as Jews and sible
iniquities and transgres-
to make affiliation with
a viewpoint toward meeting the Federation
sions, and to cleanse us
them. Where do we go from Fund a thriving, vital relation-
of all our sins.
Everybody at this point pre-
—From Holy Day Liturgy
sumably agrees that we all want
Women's Organization. It
to work together, to raise money round
to sound organiza-
together, to promote essential is contrary
form to rely on the quick,
services together, and to do all tional
campaign-time mach-
of these things with fairness and temporary
the education, the
to the greatest social advantage. loyalty and the
support that a
On the local scene we have central communal
May the New Year 5724 be a milestone in
made great progress. An agency must have, both for fund-raising
may have come into existence as well as for other community
humanity's aims to abolish strife. May our
to meet a local social need, or
whatever purpose it was intend- service.
The workers and contributors
ed to serve, the agency is free
people's traditions for peace and amity
to join or not to join the federa- have been the backbone of our
tion or welfare fund. If it de- agencies, through financial sup-
among nations lead us to an era marked by
cides to operate independently, port. The time has come for
it removes from its operations them to receive the full recog-
the highest goals of peace, and may the
any limitations that such affilia- nition that they deserve. Their
tion impose, but it also with- strength will be the strength of
Almighty bless us with the peace of mind
holds from itself the benefits the entire community. Without
accruing from membership in them, in a true sense, there is
the community organization. For no local community—and with-
that is so vital for amicable living and hap-
those agencies that join a central out community there can be no
organization, there has develop-
ed a procedure which through raising or anything else.
board, and staff, and commit-
National agencies will find a
tees, through collection and ana- way to recognize the rightful
lysis of data and through the place of the local communities
budgeting process, sets out, for in national planning because the
the community, to secure the local communities, each within
answers on the nature and qual- its own city, and jointly with
ity of the agency's program, its one another, are becoming in-
relative needs and the commun- creasingly informed, articulate,
ity's obligations toward it.
well-organized and maturely con-
For all its unevenness in scious of their fundamental res-
operation, depending on calibre ponsibility and role in shapifig
of staff and composition of the course of American Jewish
boards and committees, this pro- action. At all times, develop-
cess does make it possible to ments on the general American
examine the internal facts of scene must also be taken into
of the
agency operations and the so- account.
cial facts that place the agency
Social security and the pro-
and its work in the larger com- posed health legislation under
munity setting, with a view to Federal auspices, will take away
studying all the facts and ar- from us—already have taken, in
riving at a conclusion that, for fact—our responsibility for the
that field of work, will fit into mass service of Jewish unem-
a pattern of community plan- ployed, sick, or otherwise de-
ning and action.
pendent people.



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to All

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