CHICAGO (Feb. 10)
More than $2,000,000 was made available today to the United Jewish Appeal by Jewish community leaders of 16 midwest states. The money represents an advance installment on local 1952 campaigns in the midwest and will be used to meet critical food and housing shortages in Israel and to maintain vital relief programs in other areas.
Three hundred leaders participating in the U.J.A. ‘s midwest leadership conference also heard Acting Israel Ambassador David Goitein warn that “friends of Israel must never forget that unless we become economically strong we shall be tempting bait for our Arab neighbors.” Mr. Goiten stressed that “with a strong defense, a determined democracy and a well-established economic life ,” Israel will be able to convince her Arab neighbors that “our position is impregnable” and that they would be deluding themselves if “they still hoped to have Israel wiped off the map and its name no longer appear among the United Nations.”
The Israel diplomat paid warm tribute to the United Jewish Appeal for the “splendid humanitarian contribution it is making in helping to put back on their feet the once homeless and oppressed Jews entering Israel from the Moslem lands and Europe. “He said that U.J.A. aid to Israel “is very tangible and is seen daily in the form of homes, food, medical institutions and agricultural development.” Another principal speaker was Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, executive vice-chairman of the U.J.A.
The conference delegates approved resolutions calling upon the communities in the midwest to “match this year’s critical U.J.A. drive with that of 1948, when the U.J.A. raised over $150,000,000.” The current nationwide U.J.A. campaign, which will be launched officially February 24th in Miami Beach, must raise $151,500,000.