NEW YORK (May. 15)
Robert Briscow, Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin, returned to Eire today following a two-month, cross-country visit to 40 cities in the United States in behalf of the United Jewish Appeal campaign.
Prior to his departure, he was presented at his hotel with a silver-encased Bible and Scroll of Honor by Morris W. Berinstein, president of the United Jewish Appeal. The UJA also gave Mr. Briscoe a second silver-bound Bible with the request that he present it to Prime Minister Eamon de Valera. The Bible’s inscription praised the Irish leader as one “whose dedicated efforts in the cause of human freedom have established him as a living symbol for all mankind, and have endeared him to the Jewish people in their continuing struggle for peace and justice.”
William Rosenwald, UJA general chairman, thanked the Mayor on behalf of the American Jewish community, which he said, was “straining all its forces to mobilize assistance for the flood of refugees fleeing persecution and oppression from various parts of the world.” He stressed the “tremendous job that must still be done, “adding that a special National Rescue Conference would be held by the UJA on June 8-9 in New York City to raise $50,000,000 in cash for refugee needs.
Maya Briscoe thanked the UJA officers for the gifts, adding that the “real thanks for doing an incredibly fine humanitarian job should be extended to the Jews of the United States. Their magnificent response to the United Jewish Appeal has been an awe-inspiring experience for me and I am confident they will continue to measure up to the responsibility which destiny has placed on their shoulders.”