Reform Judaism Raised Record Sum Last Year Despite Recession

A total of $2,055,000 was raised during the 1957-58 drive of the nationwide Combined Campaign for Reform Judaism, it was announced here today by Irving S. Schneider, executive vice-chairman of the campaign. The sum, according to Mr. Schneider, represents “a new record for the raising of funds in behalf of national Jewish religious institutions.”

In reporting the figures, Mr. Schneider pointed out that “so far, the Combined Campaign is the only nationwide Jewish fund-raising drive, religious or secular, that has been able to emerge successfully from the recession period.” At the same time, he expressed concern that other Jewish campaigns have been hurt by the economic downturn, asserting that “there is bound to be a material increase in human suffering this year and next as a result of lowered contributions with which to finance important and even urgent health, welfare, refugee and other assistance programs.”

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