VIENNA (Sep. 22)
The Vienna Jewish Community intends to ask the Jews of New York or Chicago or of some other large American Jewish community to sponsor or “adopt” it in the same manner that many American cities aid Austrian or other European cities, it was learned hero today.
The Jewish Community here is in desperate financial straits. Only an approximate five percent of the community’s budget for social, cultural and relief needs is met “by the community taxation system. Another 25 percent is supplied by contributions from Austrian Jews and the remainder comes from the Joint Distribution Committee. However, the J.D.C. has informed Jewish leaders that its allotments for Austria are virtually exhausted and that the Vienna community cannot expect as much help from the agency in the future. Unless another source of income can replace the J.D.C.’s contributions, the community will be forced to sell communal property in order to maintain even a reduced activities program.