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Boston Jewish Community to Give Priority to the 1959 U. J. A. Drive

A major community implementation of the recent decision of the emergency conference of the major national Jewish organizations–to give priority to the 1959 campaign of the United Jewish Appeal–took place here last night at an extraordinary session of more than 100 top-rank leaders of the organized Jewish community of this area.

The conference had the participation of local representatives of all the national organizations that took part in the emergency conference sessions which were held in New York last month. Dr. Judd L. Teller, political secretary of the Jewish Agency, was the principal speaker at the meeting, held at the headquarters of the Combined Jewish Appeal. He reported on the East European immigration to Israel. Joseph Lindsey, general chairman of the Combined Jewish Appeal, addressed the gathering on the need for “maximum support” for the 1959 UJA campaign.

A program adopted at the meeting calls for the mobilization of manpower for solicitation in behalf of the Appeal drive; special meetings among the cooperating groups to stimulate increased giving among accustomed contributors and reactivated giving among those whose gifts have dropped off, and the re-convening of a city-wide conference, in a month, to hear a progress report on the stepped-up campaign.

The Boston effort is part of a nation-wide drive to raise a $100, 000, 000 Special Fund with which to finance the transport to Israel of Rumanian and other East European immigrants and their resettlement there. The Special Fund is over and above the United Jewish Appeal’s regular campaign for more than $105, 000, 000 to meet the budgetary requirements of the aid agencies through which American Jewry provides for the needs of close to 600, 000 Jews in 24 countries other than Israel.

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