NEW YORK (Dec. 30)
A four-point program of action to meet the 1949 Joint Defense Appeal goal of $6,826,115 was announced here today by Charles W. Morris, chairman of the J.D.A. National Council.
Declaring that American Jewry has “experienced an upsurge of self-confidence as a result of the decline in organized anti-Semitism and the creation of the state of Israel,” Morris predicted that the new year would see the American Jewish community “rally to the Joint Defense Appeal as an expression of militant desire to advance the cause of human rights.” He outlined the four-point program as follows.
1. Council members will seek to have the Joint Defense Appeal incorporated in local Welfare Fund campaigns as an “integral, important and publicized constituent.”
2. They will work for “fair local quotas” in communities, the quotas to be considered prior to the campaign for inclusion in the local goal.
3. The J.D.A. will increase the number of its regional conferences to reach every state and section of the country. At the same time it will offer the cooperation of its personnel in support of Welfare Fund drives in order to stimulate greater giving.
4. The J.D.A. National Council will call upon the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League to enlist the participation of their membership in support of Welfare fund drives. The Joint Defense Appeal is the fund-raising arm of the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.