Only Ten Organizations Authorized to Conduct Separate Drives for Israel in U.S.

Ten organizations have been granted authority to conduct campaigns in behalf of Israel during 1950, it was announced today by the Committee on Control and Authorization of Campaigns of the Jewish Agency.

The committee was set up at the request of the Israel Government to assume priority of the United Jewish Appeal as the major scurce of funds for the absorption and colonization program in Israel and to reduce duplication in the fund-raising field. Its work has received the endorsement of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, representing the overwhelming majority of Jewish communities in this country.

The committee authorized the following: Hadassah, including Junior Hadassah; National Committee for Labor Israel (Histadrut campaign); Jewish National Fund (traditional collections only); Pioneer Women, the Women’s Labor Zionist Organization of America; Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America including Junior Mizrachi Women; American Fund for Israel Institutions; American Red Mogen Dovid for Israel, (membership campaign only); Federated Council of Palestine Institutions; Material for Israel, (materials only); Women’s League for Israel, (New York area only.)

A spokesman for the Jewish Agency explained that authorization was granted in each case after submission of formal application together with necessary financial data. He emphasized that the authorizations do not imply endorsement, and that all organizations whose applications were approved have agreed to run their campaigns so as to assure priority to the United Jewish Appeal drive.

The spokesman added that negotiations are now under way for the establishment of a united fund in behalf of the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Hebrew University and the Haifa Technion. It was explained that, if negotiations are successfully completed, the united fund will be added to the authorized list on the same terms as the other authorized organizations. Should negotiations fail, the three institutions will be granted authorization seperately under similar conditions.

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