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Jewish Leaders Plan Conferences in Many Cities to Aid U. J. A. Drive

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City-wide conferences of major local Jewish organization leaders to mobilize the most extensive possible popular support for the 1959 campaign of the United Jewish Appeal are getting under way in communities across the country, Philip M. Klutznick, president of the newly set up Conference of Presidents for the 1959 Campaign of the United Jewish Appeal announced today.

The Conference of Presidents is a direct outgrowth of an ad-hoc committee formed by the emergency conference of major national Jewish organizations, held in New York last month. The Conference issued a declaration, expressing its determination to act in the emergency created by a mounting immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe. The ad-hoc committee–now the Conference of Presidents–was charged with the task of following up the emergency conference declaration, which called on the respective constituencies and members of the participating organizations throughout the country to give every possible assistance to meet the imperative immigration needs, including maximum support to the 1959 campaign of the UJA.

In two cities–Pittsburgh and Boston–leadership meetings have been held this week. In two others–St. Louis and Chicago–conferences are set for March 18 and 22, respectively. Mr. Klutznick, in reporting Conference developments, expressed his gratification at the indication of increased activity on the part of the cooperating organizations in UJA campaign-aid efforts. He announced that an aggregate of more than 500 representatives had already been designated by the participating groups in collective local community efforts in behalf of the 1959 UJA drive.

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