J. D. C. Rushes Aid to Victims of Earthquake in Algeria

A contribution of 1,000,000 francs for immediate release to the needy victims of the Orleansville earthquake was announced by the Joint Distribution Committee here today. The money, for the relief of persons of all creeds in the Algerian disaster area, has already been sent. In addition, the JDC office in Morocco has been authorized to provide food, clothing, blankets and other supplies from its warehouse in Casablanca.

“In the absence of specific details as to the extent of the destruction of life and property among the Jews of Orleansville, who are our designated responsibility, we are taking these emergency measures,” Moses Beckelman, European director of the JDC, declared. “As soon as we have definite knowledge of the damage wrought and know the needs of the Jewish residents of the area, we shall draw up a relief program and do whatever we can for the Jewish victims of this tragedy.”

The JDC relief programs in Algeria have been limited up to now to the cities of Algiers, Constantine and Bone and serve 1,355 annually. Discussions are under way with Jewish community leaders for the broadening of JDC activities to meet specific needs among thousands of poverty-stricken Jews in Algeria.

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