The stimulating influence which the emergency appeal issued by David A. Brown, national chairman of the United Jewish Campaign, has had on local campaigns throughout the country, is apparent from a number of reports received from various localities, a statement from the headquarters of the campaign declares.
The slogan “Borrow and Advance,” adopted to secure the $3,100,000 required by the Joint Distribution Committee for the continuation of its work during the summer months has added impetus to the communities that are now conducting their annual campaigns. The response has been generous and in several communities it is expected that the annual share of their three-year quota will exceed the collections of a year ago.
A report from Eric, Pa., states that their campaign has just been completed and that the total pledges amounted to $5,750. This was a joint effort, the United Palestine Appeal and the United Jewish Campaign sharing equally.
A joint campaign is also being conducted in Worcester, Mass., where $35.000 was raised last year for the United Palestine Appeal and the United Jewish Campaign. This year the Committee reports that there is every indication that a much larger sum will be raised.
A campaign for $20,000 was inaugurated in Des Moines, Iowa. The campaign is at present in full swing.
Los Angeles plans to conduct its campaign during the month of June. The United Palestine Appeal and the United Jewish Campaign are participating in the $200,000 quota set for it.
A campaign for $38,775 which includes in addition to the quota for the United Jewish Campaign that of several other organizations, was started on May 4 in Oakland, Calif. The reports thus far indicate successful results.
Yeshivahs and other institutions of Jewish learning in Poland are in danger of closing, should the support now being received by them from the Joint Distribution Committee cease, according to a cable appeal received by the United Jewish Campaign, from a conference of the leading rabbis, held in Vilna. The cable signed by Rabbi I. M. Kagan of Radun, known as Chofetz Chaim and by Chief Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski of Vilna, states: “Great meeting of rabbis here expresses acknowledgment and gratitude to Joint Distribution Committee for its help to Judaism generally and Torah institutions in particular. In case the support of the Torah institutions stops at present, danger threatens their whole existence. We beg you to do everything possible to continue your assistance.”
Another cable from the conference of rabbis in Poland, was addressed to the Central Relief Committee of New York and stated: “Crisis here at present is terrible and without the support of American Jews all Yeshivahs and educational institutions are in danger of closing. Please extend our thanks to the honorable chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee and the Cultural Committee, Felix M. Warburg and Doctor Cyrus Adler and ask them, in the name of two hundred rabbis and deans of Yeshivahs all over Poland assembled here, to continue the relief of the Yeshivahs and traditional education. otherwise all the results of our present efforts will be wiped out and the younger generation lost to traditional Jewry.”