NEW YORK (Nov. 3)
An on-the-spot survey reveals desperate need for “greater effort” by American Jewry, if Israel is to be able to absorb an increasing Influx of homeless refugees, and if new opportunities for overseas relief in Eastern Europe and other areas are to be met, according to the 100-man United Jewish Appeal survey group which returned here this week-end after a three-week study mission in Europe and Israel.
Morris W. Berinstein, UJA president, reported that the American Jewish communal leaders saw “evidences of tremendous progress, and also tremendous need. Shortages of funds could seriously hamper absorption of immigrants in the State of Israel, and recently organized aid operations in Poland for Jews repatriated from Russia, “he said.
Members of the study mission will relate their findings to their home communities scattered across the United States, and submit an extensive report at the 1958 goal-setting national conference of the United Jewish Appeal, December 14 and 15 in New York.
This 1958 drive will mark the 20th consecutive campaign year of the UJA, and coincides with the celebration of Israel’s 10th anniversary. In two decades of rescue work the UJA has given aid to 2,600,000 persons, bringing 1,300,000 refuges to free lands, including one million to the land of Israel.