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Jewish Groups in So. Africa Reach Agreement on Joint Drive for Israel and Europe

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An agreement between the South African Jewish Appeal and the South African Zionist Federation for a joint campaign to raise funds for Jews in Europe and for Israel was ratified here at a special conference of the National Council of the S.A. Jewish Appeal. The agreement provides that funds raised be distributed on a basis of 70 percent for Israel and 30 percent for relief work in Europe.

M.J. Spitz, national president of the S.A. Jewish Appeal, addressing the conference, emphasized that he would like to see a continuation and intensification of the joint campaign effort, He felt that the time has come when the community will no longer tolerate separate appeals. He urged the creation of a permanent central machinery for fund-raising which would meet not only the needs of Israel and Europe, but also local needs. “The country is beginning to demand such a centralized system to replace the separate campaigns of the past,” he said.

The conference decided to send a large delegation to a parley of Jewish relief groups which will be held in Pario next month, under the auspices of the Joint Distribution Committee. The decision was taken following a report by Spitz on his negotiations with J.D.C. leaders in New York during his recent visit to the United States, as well as his impression of Jewish needs in Europe and Israel. He emphasized that the collaboration of the S.A.J.A. and the J.D.C. had resulted in “a good job of work having been done under very difficult circumstances in Europe.” He also lauded the work the ORT and the OSE in Europe.

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