The Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of America (HIAS), continues to be in receipt of messages from Jewish leaders in Europe as well as in South American countries urging it not to curtail its work, which possibility is threatened by reason of the fact that it has a deficit of $150,000 and is in urgent need of funds to wipe out this as well as to raise $400,000 for its current work, according to an announcement by Abraham Herman, the president.
J. Rosenblatt, president of the Jewish Community of Uruguay, in his message says: “The Jewish community of Uruguay is deeply shocked at news that Hias is suspending its contribution thanks to which Jewish immigration to Uruguay has developed during the past years. Our Republic offers good opportunities to thousands of unfortunate Jewish families. Without the help of Hias we are unable to aid these immigrants to establish themselves. We plead with American Jewry to support Hias enabling us to save thousands of more Jewish families who can make peaceful honest livings in our country.”
The Ezra Society of Antwerp cables: “Our situation is critical. Cannot help emigrants unless Hias continues support.”
From Rotterdam, the Montefiore Society says: “Greatly moved by critical situation of your Society. Work of our organization is threatened.”
The Jews of Transylvania, Bukowina and other parts of Roumania through Dr. Gutherz, president of the Czernowitz community, the United Jewish Communities, Jewish Sephardic Community, Jewish National Alliance, Zionist Organization, Mizrachi Organization, Jewish Workers’ Alliance, Orthodox Jewish Women’s Alliance, Relief Committee for the Warsaw Sufferers, the Economic Council of Bukowina Jews through President Kluger and Dr. Mark Benzion Katz and the Chief Rabbi of Czernowitz, have cabled to the effect that the cessation of Hias work would be catastrophic and urging Jews of America to support the appeal issued by the Society for funds.
Hias rendered immigrant aid service to 35,000 Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who were settled in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and France.