NEW YORK (Oct. 22)
A resolution calling upon Reform Jewish congregations in the United States to give priority in fund-raising to the 1956-57 Combined Campaign for American Reform Judaism “to enable the national institutions of American Reform Judaism to cope with the growing needs stemming from the mass return to religion,” was unanimously voted tonight by more than 300 Reform leaders attending a National Leadership Mobilization Dinner at the Hotel Plaza.
The resolution urged Reform congregations to “raise substantially the levels of congregational assessments and individual giving to the Combined Campaign to assure attainment of the minimum of $2,548,000” needed to resolve the acute shortage of rabbis and religious school personnel and to help new suburban communities establish new congregations.
The Combined Campaign for American Reform Judaism is the national fund-raising arm of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, parent body of the 536 Reform congregations, and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the oldest and largest Jewish theological college in the United State. A.B. Polinsky, of Duluth, Minn, general chairman of the Combined Campaign, announced that $400,000 had been raised at the dinner to inaugurate the campaign.