NEW YORK (Nov. 13)
The Jewish Agency for Palestine today called on all American Jews, and particularly on Zionists, to give unprecedented assistance to the United Jewish Appeal to aid Israel “in its hour of grave peril.”
Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive, announced that the executive has held a series of conferences recently in New York with Rabbi Herbert Friedman, executive vice chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, regarding special efforts to be undertaken by American Jewry, and particularly by the Zionist organizations and their rank and file in this country, to meet Israel’s needs in the present emergency. “This is a time of crisis, and calls for inordinate efforts by U.S. Jewry in the crucial months ahead,” Dr. Goldmann said.
The call by the Jewish Agency executive reads as follows
“Beleaguered, harassed and threatened on all its frontiers, Israel may be forced, in despair, to defer plans in the spheres of development, economic stabilization and absorption of immigrants. Curtailment of these efforts would have a disastrous effect on Israel’s economy and very existence. Therefore, the executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine calls on all U.S. Jews, and particularly on Zionists, to give unprecedented assistance and support to the United Jewish Appeal in this emergency.
“On November 18th, the United Jewish Appeal will hold a national emergency conference in New York City at which plans will be formulated to mobilize the maximum resources of the American Jewish community for Israel in its hour of grave peril. We call on all Zionists to respond vigorously and assiduously to all requests and decisions emanating from the November 18th conference.
“The United Jewish Appeal is the channel through which Israel can best be helped. Maximum effort for Israel through the United Jewish Appeal must be regarded as a solemn obligation by all American Jews. American Zionists must serve as exemplars in this great effort. We did not fail Israel in 1948–we must not fail Israel today.”