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Jewish Agency Announces Authorized Campaigns for Israel in U.S.

A list of organizations authorized to conduct public fund raising campaigns for the benefit of Israel in the 1959-60 campaign year was released today by the Jewish Agency’s Committee on Control and Authorization of Campaigns. The Committee, which co-ordinates fund raising for Israel in this country was established ten years ago under the auspices of the Jewish Agency and includes representatives of the United Jewish Appeal and the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.

During the past decade, the Committee has served as a clearing house providing information and clarification with regard to numerous appeals addressed to American Jews by charitable or educational institutions in Israel either directly or through their American representatives. Over the years, communities, American Jewish organizations and individuals have looked to the Committee for guidance in dealing with these requests.

In releasing its list of authorized agencies for the 1959-60 campaign year–based on a careful review and analysis of the financial statements and promotional activities of these organizations–the Committee emphasized that the mounting burden and backlog of immigrant absorption in Israel makes it more imperative than ever to assure priority for the United Jewish Appeal and for community welfare funds raising funds on its behalf and to coordinate fund raising efforts for Israel throughout the United States.

The following twelve organizations received authorization contingent on their pledge to give priority to the United Jewish Appeal as the major source of philanthropy funds for Israel’s immigration, absorption and colonization programs:

1. American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science; 2. American Friends of the Hebrew University; 3. American-Israeli Cultural Foundation; 4. American Red Mogen Dovid for Israel, (membership campaign only); 5. American Technion Society; 6. Federated Council of Israel Institutions.

Also, 7, Hadassah; 8. Jewish National Fund (traditional collections); 9. Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America; 10. National Committee for Labor Israel (Histadruth Campaign); 11. Pioneer Women, the Women’s Labor Zionist Organization of America; 12. Women’s League for Israel (New York area). Authorization of a campaign does not imply its endorsement by the Jewish Agency.

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