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Campaign for Reform Judaism Reports “dangerous Lag” in Fund-raising

Officers of the Combined Campaign for American Reform Judaism heard last night that support of the nationwide religious drive “is lagging dangerously” and that its two beneficiary bodies, the oldest national institutions of Reform Judaism in the western hemisphere, may be forced to reduce their activities “at a time when their programs are needed more urgently than ever.”

This was reported by Irving S. Schneider of New York, executive vice-chairman of the campaign, who spoke at a mid-year report meeting in the Harmonie Club. He pointed out that the drive has accumulated $1,000,000 in cash and pledges since its launching in mid-October, noting that “this figure at the half-way point in the campaign represents acutely less than one-half of what our beneficiary institutions require.”

The campaign has a 1957-58 fiscal year goal of $2,619,433 for support of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The UAHC is the parent body of the Reform movements 550 synagogues in the United States and Canada. The campaign officers called for “a crisis effort” to improve campaign receipts and voted the creation of two special month-long drives.

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