NEW YORK (Feb. 17)
The 1948 campaign of the United Jewish Appeal for $250,000,000 will be formally launched at a national conference of American Jewish communal leaders at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on February 21 and 22. More than 5,000 Jewish communities from coast to coast will participate in the U.J.A. drive–the largest fund-raisins effort ever undertaken by a voluntary welfare organization in the history of the United States.
Henry Morgenthau, Jr., former Secretary of the Treasury and general chairman of the U.J.A. campaign, will preside at the two-day conference which will appraise recent world developments in relation to the 1948 needs of the Jews of Europe and Palestine as well as those homeless Jews able to find haven on American shores. The Washington conference will mark the opening of 3,500 local community drives. The remaining 1,500 Jewish communities conduct their U.J.A. drives during the fall.
In announcing the national parley, Mr. Morgenthau called upon the Jews of America to marshal “their spiritual and material resources for the supremely urgent tasks of the United Jewish Appeal.” He added that “we face now one of the most critical moments in the history of the Jewish people in Europe and Palestine. What the Jews of America accomplish in 1948 through the United Jewish Appeal will have a decisive effect on the destiny of the Jewish people everywhere,” he said.