NEW YORK (Jul. 8)
More than 628,000 Jews in Israel, Europe, Moslem lands and this country were aided to begin new lives or spared suffering as a result of immigration, settlement and rehabilitation and during the first six months of 1951 extended by agencies which receive their funds through the nationwide campaign of the United Jewish Appeal, Edward M.M. Warburg, U.J.A. general chairman reported today.
At the same time, Mr. Warburg revealed that while the United Jewish Appeal campaign was proceeding favorably in most communities, the U.J.A.’s constituent agencies–the United Palestine Appeal, Joint Distribution Committee and United Service for New American–were forced to earmark sums far in excess of U.J.A.’s cash income to carry out urgent settlement and absorption programs for homeless Jews arriving innersole, relief and welfare services is Europe and Moslem lands and aid to newcomers in to this country. In all, during the six months, the U.J.A. agencies budgeted $74,994,000 for their work, about one-third more than the cash funds received by the U.J.A.
“The discrepancy between what we have received and what U.J.A.’s agencies have found it necessary to devote to the critical situations facing them must serve to spur the communities still engaged in spring campaigns to put these “over the top’ now, and to realize maximum cash on pledges in the shortest possible order,” Mr. Warburg said. He called the current plight of Hungarian Jewry “alarming,” and declared that the Jews of American must continue to kept more than 45,000 Jews alive in Hungary, through the aid we can provide through the Joint Distortion Committee.
Mr. Warburg also declared that Rumania will head the list of countries from which U.J.A. funds must help Jews to emigrate to Israel in the next six months, though large numbers of Jews would still have to be moved from critical areas in certain Moslem countries. “We have the opportunity,” he said, “to take out about 8,000 Jews monthly from Rumania. We must bring them to Israel while there is still times.”
In addition to the mass transfer of homeless Jews to Israel, Mr. Warburg reported, 250,000 distressed Jews received relief and welfare assistance in Europe, North Africa and the Near East in the past six months; and 6,740 displaced Jews from Europe were helped in entering the United St States while another 12,000 were aided in reestablishing themselves here.