NEW YORK (Jan. 29)
The United Palestine Appeal, at the first meeting of its reorganized board of directors, today approved a 1950 budget of $209,000,000. The budget, it was explained, is based on an expected migration to Israel of 150,000 Jews from 48 countries. The “major portion” of the budget, it was added, “must be provided by American Jews.”
Judge Morris Rothenberg, who has served until now as acting national chairman, was elected national chairman of the U.P.A. A former president of the Zionist Organization of America, he is now relinquishing his position as president of the Jewish National Fund.
The reorganized U.P.A. board was characterized by Judge Rothenberg as a “significant symbol of unity” which “welded together all aspects of the Zionist movement, as well as representatives of the communities, as a unified entity, intent on carrying out a positive program of immigration and development for Israel.” The greatest single item on the 1950 budget, the new U.P.A. chairman said, is $58,100,000 for initial care and rehabilitation of immigrants. Agricultural colonization is budgeted for $56,130,000, he added.