NEW YORK (Dec. 20)
The Jewish Agency today published an appeal to the Jews in the United States urging them to support the United Jewish Appeal in 1952 “with utmost generosity” and emphasizing that the U.J.A. is “the main channel for American Jewry’s philanthropic support of Israel.”
At the same time the Agency warned against unwarranted drives. Pointing out that “occasionally individuals and organizations launch new campaigns in behalf of Israel enterprises of special and limited character,” the Agency said: “These enterprises are not always constructive and the claims put forward in their behalf are not always warranted by facts.”
A special committee on control and authorization of campaigns in the United States, established by the Jewish Agency, will shortly announce what campaigns for Israel, in addition to the United Jewish Appeal, will be authorized for 1952. In the meantime, the Agency advises Jewish contributors to contact this committee whenever they are asked for contributions by any organization other than the United Jewish Appeal.
Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, in a message to U.J.A. general chairman Edward M.M. Warburg this week, stated that “the Government of Israel continues to regard the United Jewish Appeal as an essential part of the four-point program and an indispensable instrument of help for Israel, as well as a bond of unity between American Jews.” The Prime Minister extended also to Mr. Warburg and to U.J.A. executive vice-chairman Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, his “personal thanks and deep appreciation and gratitude” of the Israel Government for all they have done this year to make the U.J.A. a success.