Hadassah Convention Calls for Intensified Aid for Rumanian Emigrants

A resolution calling upon the 318,000 members of the Hadassah throughout the United States “to intensify” their efforts on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal’s emergency campaign to facilitate the immigration and absorption in Israel of 100,000 Jews who are now leaving Rumania was adopted here today at the four-day midwinter conference of Hadassah, attended by delegates from all parts of the country.

“Hadassah believes it to be a cardinal and continuing responsibility of the Zionist movement to support Israel in the historic mission expressed in its ‘Law of the Return’ of gathering in all Jews who need or choose to go there, and views the current large-scale immigration from Eastern Europe into Israel as both a signal opportunity and a serious challenge,” the resolution said.

“Cognizant of the staggering cost of absorbing an immigration estimated at 100,000 in the current year, Hadassah calls upon its members in every community in the United States to intensify their efforts on behalf of the UJA emergency campaign, necessitated by the responsibility to raise the amount necessary to absorb this enormous immigration, ” the resolution continued. It expressed confidence “that the whole American Jewish community will respond to both the needs and the opportunity inherent in the present situation with its traditional understanding, generosity, imagination and determination.”

Yaacov Herzog, Israeli Minister to the United States, told the Hadassah conference that “the new wave of immigration to Israel poses a significant task to Jewry’s sense of responsibility, brotherhood, and historical involvement.” He added that “the problem cannot be answered by philanthropy alone. It calls for dedication arising from the deepest springs of Jewish partnership.”

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