NEW YORK (Nov. 15)
The first contingent of the United Jewish Appeal’s 35-man study mission that left three weeks ago for a tour of Western Europe, Israel and North Africa to assess at first-hand the needs of distressed Jews, returned here today, with a call to America’s Jewish communities for renewed and sustained efforts, according to Edward M.M. Warburg, UJA general chairman, who with Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, executive vice-chairman, headed the group.
“If we are to keep faith with Jews overseas, we must be ready to accept major obligations in 1955,” declared Mr. Warburg. “There are 30, 000 men, women and children of Jewish faith in Tunis and Morocco who must be taken out to Israel immediately–while there is time.
“Support must be given to the expansion of Israel’s industry and agriculture, if that country is to continue its traditional role of making a home for distressed Jews. The vital project of care, education and vocational training for Israel’s immigrant children must also be supported. These,” continued Mr. Warburg, “will constitute our major responsibilities.”
Two contingents of the study mission are conducting an on-the-spot survey of conditions of Jews in North Africa, according to Mr. Warburg. The findings of the study mission are expected to weigh heavily in establishing the goals of the UJA’s annual national conference to be held in December in New York.