New York (Oct. 13)
The executive committee of the United Jewish Appeal voted today to hold a National UJA Conference in Atlantic City on Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The meeting will be attended by Jewish leaders from communities throughout the United States and representatives of European and Palestinian Jewry.
The decision was taken at the conclusion of a two-day session of the executive committee at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, at which leaders of the Joint Distribution Committee, the United Palestine Appeal and the United Service for New Americans reported on the activities of their organizations and the probable needs for the coming year.
The committee adopted a resolution which stated in part: “We leave this meeting convinced that what we have heard requires that American Jewry fulfill, as in every previous crisis, the role that history has assigned to it as the bulwark of our distressed people. Fulfillment of that role requires a selfless devotion of every Jewish community in the United States.” It pointed cut that hundreds of thousands of Jews are alive today in Europe, Palestine and elsewhere who would have perished if not for assistance from American Jews.
Isaac H. Levy, vice-chairman of the U.J.A., announced that the U.J.A. would be continued in 1947 as the combined fund-raising organization for the J.D.C., U.P.A. and United Service for New Americans (National Refugee Service.)
ECONOMIST PREDICTS BUSINESS CONDITIONS IN 1947 WILL FAVOR CONTRIBUTIONS
Robert R. Nathan, economist and former deputy director of the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, presented a brief analysis of the general economic situation, forecasting that business conditions in 1947 would favor generous contributions on the same or larger scale than the gifts made to the $100,000,000 United Jewish Appeal for the current year.
Other speakers included Edward M.M., Warburg, chairman of the JDC and of the Greater New York UJA; William Rosenwald, national chairman of the U.J.A. and honorary president of the United Service for New Americans; Mrs. David N. Levy, chairman of the U.J.A. Women’s Division, Rabbi Jonah B. Wise and Edmund I. Kaufmann.
At last night’s meeting, Moses A. Leavitt, secretary of the Joint Distribution Committee, said that $50,463,200 had been allocated by the committee for the first ten months of 1946 for aid to 200,000 Jews in displaced persons’ camps and centers in Germany, Austria and Italy, for relief to Jews in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Czechoslovakia and for assistance to Jews in western Europe as well as for transportation aid to those who emigrate to Palestine and the United States.
The sum of $26,622,000 was spent by the agencies represented in the United Palestine Appeal in the first seven months of 1946 for the care, housing and retraining of new immigrants, for the acquisition and development of land, and the establishment of agricultural settlements, it was reported by Martin Rosenbluth, its director of research. He estimated that from $48,000,000 to $50,000,000 would be spent during 1946.
The United Service for New Americans will require $2,700,000 during the current year for its program of adjustment and integration for refugees who find a haven in the United States, Joseph E.Beck, executive director of the United Service, said.
The officers and members of the executive committee of the National Women’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal will hold special sessions tomorrow and Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.