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bcenters, they have no life. They simply wait for death. The bJewish federations of the major cities in their drive to gain bmore prestigious parts in the play of life have forgotten the bJewish poor if they ever knew they existed in the first place. bMoney is raised for “Jewish hospitals” at a time when beveryone gets sick and when every race and faith should bsupport that hospital. Money is raised for camps to which go bmostly non-Jewish children, for centers that are breeding bgrounds for intermarriage, for all kinds of non-Jewish, bthings that Jewish money was never meant for. And so we bcan find Philip Bernstein of the Council of Jewish Federa- btions and Welfare Funds happily flying to Mississippi with bWalter Reuther in 1965 to spend Jewish communal funds bon a Mississippi Head Start project. Negroes, Head Start, bReuther, these were exciting, national topics and The New bYork Times mentioned your name. Poor Jews in South Beach bor Brownsville were too parochial and provincial and did bnot make the Times.

bNot only did Jews neglect their own by not giving them bJewish money, but federal anti-poverty funds found their bway into all groups except Jews. Out of twenty-six poverty bareas in New York City, some fifteen had sizeable Jewish bpoverty populations but only two, Crown Heights and Wil- bliamsburg, had any Jewish representation on their local bcommunity corporation boards. Besides this, in the non- bpoverty areas there were pockets of Jewish poor who were bnot even considered in the general poverty picture. A report breleased in 1971 by Congressman James Scheuer and pre- bpared by the Office of Economic Opportunity admitted that bJewish poor were being discriminated against and not re- bceiving their share of federal funds.

bOn August 18, 1971, at an outdoor rally in Brooklyn’s bBrighton Beach section, I told the crowd that other ethnic bgroups had received many millions of dollars in poverty bfunds while Jewish poor were victims, once again, because bno one spoke up for them. This point was of critical impor- btance since Jewish leadership’s failure extended not only to bits own indifference to Jewish poor and refusal to allocate bJewish money to them, but also to its apathy in not being a b 

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