NEW YORK (Jun. 27)
More than one million dollars worth of Israel bonds was subscribed last night at a dinner sponsored by Mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri of New York, in conjunction with The Greater New York Committee for State of Israel Bonds. More than 900 prominent guests of all faiths attended the dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria.
Emphasizing that “the free men of America will not fail the free men of Israel Mayor Imepllitteri said, “that as American we are all thankful for Israel because it stands today firm and strong and dedicated to the freedoms that have made our own country great.” The Mayor envisioned an Israel economy “which exploits none, which gives to its people the highest possible standard of living, and which is based on justice, right and freedom.” One of the first to respond to Mr. Impellitteri’s appeal was Senator Herbert H. Lehman, who authorized the Mayor to announce his subscription of $50,000 in Israel bonds.
Formation of an Israel Committee for Israel took place at the Hotel Astor today, when more than 100 New Yorkers whose family name is “Israel” gathered at a meeting to mobilize all “Israel” for active support of the $500,000 State of Israel bond campaign in the United States. Joseph Israel, of New York, conceived the idea of banding his namesakes into a single unit. Mr. Israel served as acting chairman of today’s meeting. He estimated that there are some 1,800 men, women and children in New York who answers to the surname of Israel. The men and women present adopted a resolution “to show our pride in the new democracy that shares our name by raising no less than $1,000,000 through the sale of Israel bonds.”