NEW YORK (Sep. 7)
The United Jewish Appeal announced today that its special Fall campaign to raise an emergency $25,000,000 would be compressed into a four-week period beginning Thursday with Rosh Hashanah and concluding Oct. 10-11 at a UJA National Report Conference in Cleveland.
Jacob Holtzmann, national cash chairman of the UJA, warned of a “threatening reversal in Israel’s economic fortunes” and said Israel’s economy is “being heavily weighed down by a still unabsorbed and dependent immigrant population numbering 330,000 men, women and children.”
Swift raising of the emergency fund, he said, would provide for early construction of 10,000 permanent housing units with accommodations for 40,000 immigrants, speed the establishment of 40 new farm settlements capable of absorbing 16,000 refugees and make possible the irrigation of 37,500 barren acres of land as a further step toward overcoming a chronic shortage of food.
He said also that the UJA “must move quickly to forestall winter hardship and suffering for destitute Jews in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.”