NEW YORK (Jan. 9)
The unified fund-raising campaign of the United Jewish Appeal for Refugees, Overseas Needs and Palestine will be continued for the critical war year of 1942, it was announced here today by Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, National Chairman of the United Palestine Appeal and Dr. Jonah B. Wise, Chairman of the Fund-Raising Committee of the Joint Distribution Committee. The United Jewish Appeal was established in 1939 to provide for the needs of the Joint Distribution Committee, United Palestine Appeal and National Refugee Service.
Following the precedent established in previous years, it was agreed that an initial sum of $9,100,000 be appropriated to the three agencies to enable them to operate until an Allotment Committee shall have an opportunity to distribute all funds that will become available to the campaign. This initial sum is to be allotted to the participating organizations as follows: To the Joint Distribution Committee, $4,525,000, to the United Palestine Appeal, $2,575,000, and to the National Refugee Service a guaranteed sum of $2,000,000. On this basis the balance of the funds is to be distributed between the Joint Distribution Committee and the United Palestine Appeal by the Allotment Committee established along the lines of similar committees in previous years.
Declaring that since the outbreak of the war in September 1939, the agencies represented in the United Jewish Appeal have been confronted with an ever-expanding theatre of Jewish suffering and need, the joint statement by Dr. Wise and Dr. Silver stressed the fact that America’s entry into the war has imposed upon the Joint Distribution Committee, United Palestine Appeal and National Refugee Service even greater responsibilities, requiring them to conduct their operations on a full wartime basis.