ERIC Number: ED090336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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Jewish Poverty Issues: "A Coordinated Response to Jewish Poverty"; "Jewish Poverty Measurement Problems"; "How Many Jews in New York?"
Cohen, Jack Simcha
As Jewish leadership began to study the numerous facets of the Jewish poverty problem, it became evident that a cooperative, coordinated communal activity was essential. With an initial grant of 40,000 dollars from the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty became a reality. Membership in the Coordinating Council clustered around four district forms of Jewish organizations: metropolitan components of national Jewish organizations; city-wide Jewish organizations and agencies; boroughwide Jewish community councils; and neighborhood Jewish community councils. These councils would provide community action, community education and communal poverty programs. At present, 36 organizations, representing a wide variety of Jewish interests and concerns, serve as members. A response to Jewish poverty must synthesize the dichotomy between personal and community poverty. In the area of personal poverty, recognition must be made of the wealth of existing Jewish resources providing direct aid. The prime concern has been that existing agencies are not sensitive to local needs. Attention has also been called to the diffusion of Jewish resources to non-Jewish segments of the population. An attempt to alleviate Jewish communal poverty should be made through the vehicles of local Jewish community councils. Recognizing this dichotomy of need, it was felt that the Coordinating Council should concentrate upon the problems of communal poverty. (Two copyrighted periodical articles at end of the first document have been deleted.) (Author/JM)
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Authoring Institution: Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)