NEW YORK (Jun. 14)
Leaders of New York Orthodox Jewish groups tonight announced the opening of a special campaign to raise $1,000,000 in State of Israel bonds “to defend Israel’s economic frontiers against Arab boycotts and blockades.” Plans for the campaign were formulated by 100 prominent business and religious spokesmen at a dinner meeting at the Woodstock Hotel.
Rabbi Mordecai Kirshblurn, president of Mizrachi Organization of America, told the dinner that it is important for all Americans to support Israel bonds, but that “it is especially incumbent on pious Jews.” The upbuilding of Israel Rabbi Kirshblum said is an act of faith in Israel and is spiritually and religiously motivated.
“One need not be a Zionist,” Dr. Kirshblum declared, “to participate in an active and material way to aid the new Jewish State: every religious Jew has a stake in the everlasting freedom of Israel and must, therefore, do his utmost to assure the coming of the day of Israel’s total independence, economic as well as political.” Dr. Kirshblum also paid tribute to Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, new vice president and executive head of the Israel Bond Organization for his long record of service to Jewish people both here and a broad.
Dr. Schwartz told the meeting that Israel today faces the threat of an intensified Arab effort to destroy the young nation. “Americans,” Dr. Schwartz stated, “must recognize the urgency of providing the fullest moral and material support in order that Israel may continue in its peaceful aim of solidifying her economic foundations. We must not forget, that as a people devoted to the principles of freedom and peace, we have a need to defend the economic frontiers of the Jewish State and to strengthen her hand against Arab boycotts and blockades.”