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Relief Work for Europe Will Be Continued One More Year, South African Conference Decides

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A resolution to continue Jewish relief activities for one more year was adopted at the annual conference of the United South African Jewish Relief and Reconstruction Fund. Seventy-five per cent of the collections are to be devoted to Palestine and twenty-five per cent to relief and reconstruction work in other countries, it was decided at the conference.

During the conference it was emphasized that, owing to the economic crisis through which South Africa is now passing, it is impossible to carry on activities as intensively as in the past.

The report submitted to the conference shows that there has been a drop in the revenue of nearly £27,000, from £44,207 in 1923 to £17,330. “South African Jewry maintained 2,250 orphans in their kitchens in the Ukraine, three hospitals and sanatoria were kept going, food and clothing were despatched to individuals, the Jewish health organization, O. Z. E. and the Society for Promoting Agriculture Among the Jews, the O. R. T. received financial support from the fund. The Loan Fund Scheme for emigrants from the devastated areas received assistance, as did the refugees in Roumania and Chaluzim in the Ukraine.

“Aid was also given to the Jews in Germany and the Jewish sufferers from the earthquake in Japan. In addition, the Far Eastern Jewish Information Bureau in Harbin, China, and the East Judean Historical Archives Society of Berlin, which has compiled a history of the pogroms, have been given support. Besides the part which South African Jewry has been taking in Jewish World relief activities, it has also maintained a colony of 130 children in Palestine”, the report concludes.

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