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U. J. A. Asks Jewish Women to Provide Aid for 126,000 Children

Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, executive vice-chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, addressing the closing session today of a two-day conference of the board of the UJA National Women’s Division at the Plaza Hotel, called upon the women of this country to take the lead in assuming responsibility for the 126,000 dependent Jewish children whom the UJA must aid in 1955.

At the same time, William Rosenwald, UJA general chairman, expressed confidence that the Women’s Division would “carry forward the child-care phase of the entire UJA program and thereby add a big plus sign to the 1955 campaign.”

Dr. Schwartz pointed out that of the 472,000 persons for whom UJA is seeking funds this year, 126,000 are children up to the age of 16. He said that about 70,000 children would be sided in North Africa, 39,000 in Israel, 9,000 in Iran, 7,000 in Europe and 1,000 in the immigrant aid work of the New York Association for New Americans, a constituent agency of the UJA.

Among the child welfare activities, said Dr. Schwartz, were infant care, child-feeding, maintenance of kindergartens, religious and secular schools and children’s homes, special institutional care, vocational training and foster home placement.

“In all cases,” said Dr. Schwartz, “the machinery of aid is in operation. What we need most desperately are the funds to keep it going so that we can give thousands of unfortunate children in other lands the same chance to grow into healthy and happy adulthood at the same time that we provide for our children at home.”

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