U. J. A. National Emergency Conference Opens Today in Cincinnati

The wind-up phase of the United Jewish Appeal’s 1954 nationwide campaign will be ushered in this week-end as more than 750 delegates representing campaign units in all parts of the country take part in an emergency UJA National Report Conference which opens at the Netherland Plaza Hotel here tomorrow.

The delegates have been urged to bring community checks with them to help meet the Appeal’s present requirement for $50,000,000 in cash. The cash fund is being sought to cope with a growing refugee emergency in North Africa, where 30,000 Jews have appealed to agencies of the UJA for swift help in emigrating to Israel, and to provide winter welfare aid for 90,000 recent immigrant newcomers to Israel.

Prominent figures in American and Israeli public affairs, among them Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, Israel Labor Minister Golda Myerson, Congressman Jacob K. Javits of New York and Israel Ambassador Abba S. Eban, will address the conferees. Others who will address the three-day conference include Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the Jewish Agency; general chairman Edward M. M. Warburg of the United Jewish Appeal; Jules Braunschvig of Paris, vice-chairman of the Alliance Israelite Universelle of France; Morris W. Berinstein, chairman of the Appeal’s current effort to raise $50,000,000 in cash by year’s end, and Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, UJA executive vice-chairman.

Senator Kefauver, who will address the final session of the conference next Sunday afternoon, will report on his recent visit to Europe and Israel, while Congressman Javits, speaking at a session Sunday morning, will discuss the need for continued aid to Israel. Ambassador Eban, also recently returned from Israel, Mrs. Myerson, and Dr. Goldmann, who will address the conference Saturday evening, will report on the new refugee problems confronting Israel as a result of increasing Jewish immigration from North Africa.

Mr. Warburg, the Appeal’s general chairman, who will preside, will report on the progress of a special loan which the UJA has been raising since January 1 alongside its regular fund campaign. The loan, being raised entirely in behalf of the Jewish Agency, the UJA’s principal beneficiary in Israel, has already raised upwards of $63,000,000 and has had the effect of considerably stabilizing Israel’s monetary situation.

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