Almost a quarter of a million dollars has been raised by the United Palestine Appeal between October 1st and the end of November, which is $50,000 more than was raised during the corresponding period last year, according to a report made public by Dr. I. M. Rubinow, Executive Director of the Appeal, who has been visiting various parts of the country, helping to prepare for campaigns and launching local drives.
The first result of the National Conference on Palestine held in Boston on November 11th has been a series of meetings throughout the country, at which local United Palestine Appeal committees have been adopting definite plans for their campaigns and setting aside quotas toward which they will work in the forthcoming drives. Reports of these meetings, held in all parts of the country, indicate, Dr. Rubinow stated, that an extraordinary spirit of enthusiasm has dominated the local workers. There is the general feeling that this year’s campaign will be the most successful in the history of the Appeal. It is agreed that the union of all forces in American Jewry and the prospect of a united effort for Palestine has done much toward stimulating activity.
Although a majority of the campaigns will be held after January, a number of them are now in full progress, particularly the large campaign in Boston. which has been making substantial progress during the past few weeks. The Northern New England territory, of which Boston is a part, has given a total of $51,000 during the past two months.
Another territory which has been active in collections during recent weeks is the Eastern Pennsylvania Region. of which Mr. Benjamin L. Rubinsohn is Chairman.
The financial report issued by Dr. Rubinow shows the Ohio Region of the Appeal third with a total of almost $24,000 remitted. The men who have led the efforts in this Region are George J. Klein. Chairman of the United Palestine Appeal in Cleveland; Oscar Berman, Chairman of the Appeal in Cincinnati, and Edwin Shanfarber, Chairman of the Appeal in Columbus.
Since October 1st. the Pacific Coast Region, which includes California and Washington, has remitted the total of $26,250; $17,000 of this amount was the result of the efforts exerted in the San Francisco community, in which Leo J. Rabinowitz is Chairman of the United Palestine Appeal Committee. Mr. Rabinowitz is credited with much of the success that has been achieved in this locality.
A series of campaigns is now being conducted in the State of New York. and present indications are that these drives will be extremely successful. Congressman Meyer Jacobstein, of Rochester, is Chairman of the United Palestine Appeal Region of New York. The cities that have reported activity ##, Dunkirk, Hudson, Poughkeepsie, Rochester. Schenectady, Syracuse. Utica and Watertown.