Conflicting Views on Unified Fund-raising Develop in Winnipeg

Shrinking receipts of the United Jewish Appeal in this city have produced conflicting points of view on the future of unified fund-raising and on the extent of support the Jewish Welfare Fund of Winnipeg should provide for Jewish institutions locally and abroad. The problem was thrashed out at an annual meeting of the JNF which was attended by many Jewish residents of the city.

One point of view was that Israel must not be “penalized” for shrinking receipts by having Israel causes take smaller sums. Advocate of this position, David Slater, offered instead a proposal which would eliminate support of parochial schools and limit support of local organizations only to those programs which are “totally acceptable.”

He was opposed by S. J. Drache, who held that the idea of unified fund-raising should not become a “sacred cow” and also advocated a search for new fund-raising methods. He insisted that parochial education was a demand of the Jewish public. A third speaker, Harry Walsh, felt that a united campaign must be maintained, but said that all current commitments must be accepted, including the cost of parochial education which “has wide support.”

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