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Community Leaders in 12 States Present $1,558,519 to U.J.A.

Jewish leaders representing communities in 12 states remitted a total of $1,558,519 to the United Jewish Appeal at five regional conferences held last week-end in widely separated parts of the country as part of the U.J.A.’s short-term drive for $35,000,000 in cash, William Rosenwald, chairman of the Appeal’s nationwide cash campaign and a national chairman of the U.J.A. announced tonight.

He stressed that, while the U.J.A. has received $58,000,000 in cash since opening its campaign at the beginning of 1951, the need for $35,000,000 between now and the end of the year is especially urgent as the people of Israel prepare for another winter without adequate food supplies, housing, hospital facilities and the most elementary medicines.

The chairman of the U.J.A.’s cash drive pointed out that he had called upon campaign chairman and executives throughout the country to consider the solicitation of added pledges and cash from every contributor in a position to give over and above his 1951 commitment, and that these leaders had been asked also to consider loans from banks as a means of giving the U.J.A. cash resources without its having to wait on the outcome of late-starting local drives.

Mr. Rosenwald warned that failure by campaign communities to develop substantial cash resources on outstanding pledges would serve to radically worsen the plight of at least 200,000 newcomers in Israel now living on reduced rations and in sub-standard shelter. “Israel can go forward to new achievements in virtually every sphere of its national life if American Jews help her now to surmount her present difficulties,” he declared.

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