Confidence in the success of this year’s United Palestine Appeal for $7,500,000 was expressed by Emanuel Neumann, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Appeal, in a report made public by the Appeal.
Dating back to October 1, when the first campaigns towards the year’s quota were officially opened, Mr. Neumann’s report shows a net increase of 38 per cent over the subscriptions in the corresponding period of the previous year. Another section of his statement, showing comparative figures for the past three months of this year as against those for 1925, shows that there were considerable increases not only in the income from the United Palestine Appeal but also in the remittances made to Palestine.
Mr. Neumann praises Judge William M. Lewis, national chairman, and Bernard Stone, executive secretary, and declares that much of the success of the Appeal is due to their efforts in cooperation with the hundreds of workers.
“The campaign so far conducted for the $7,500,000 United Palestine Appeal gives augury that previous efforts for Palestine by the Jews of America will be exceeded by the responses of this year,” Mr. Neumann states. “While most of the campaigns throughout the country are not to be held until after the middle of January, the handful of cities which have already conducted their campaigns indicate an ever-increasing generosity in American Jewry’s response to Palestine’s Appeal. In every instance so far this year, cities with Jewish populations of 50,000 or over have exceeded the amounts raised last year, the average increase in the country being 38 per cent. The majority of the smaller communities fell in line by either equalling last year’s record, or by exceeding previous receipts.”
The larger communities which increased their receipts over last year’s quota include Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Boston, and San Francisco. Other cities that have so far conducted campaigns, or where campaigns are in progress, include Colchester, Conn.’; Toledo, O.; Atlantic City, N. J.; New Brunswick, N. J.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Allentown, Pa.; Harrisburg, Pa; Minersville, Pa.; Reading, Pa.; and West Chester, Pa.
In addition to the above, the following campaigns have been organized to take place in the near future: Birmingham, Ala; Montgomery, Ala.; Meriden, Conn.; New London, Conn.; Norwich, Conn.; Middletown, Conn.; Waterbury, Conn.; Albany, N. Y.; Elmira, N. Y.; Syracuse, N. Y.; Rochester, N. Y.; Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and Indianapolis, Ind.
Mr. Neumann’s statement declares that the total campaign receipts to date, including community subscriptions and individual contributions announced at the National Conference on Palestine recently held in Boston, exceed the sum of $1,000,000.
Comparative figures quoted by Mr. Neumann showing the remittance made to Palestine during the last three months, as compared with the remittances for the similar period of 1925, show that during October 1 to December 23, 1926, there was remitted a total of $554,775 as against the sum of $433,240 for the same period in 1925.
The Greater New York campaign, Mr. Neumann announces, will open on January 17, with a mass meeting in Mecca Temple. The delegation headed by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, and including Dr. Georg Halpern, Dr. Chaim Arlosoroff and Professor Selig Brodetsky, will be joined next week by Commander Joseph Montague Kenworthy, who will participate in the New York as well as the country wide Appeal.