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Reform Jews to Seek $15,000,000 for Development of Their Institutions

A program of capital development entailing the raising and expenditure of $15,000,000 over the next three years to enlarge and improve the facilities of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion–the central national bodies of the Reform branch of Judaism–was announced here by Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, and Dr. Nelson Glueck, president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Of the $15,000,000 to be expended, they noted, the largest single amount will go into new constructions on the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where $4,650,000 has been budgeted. New York will rank second with a planned expenditure by the two institutions of $3,200,000. Los Angeles will come next with projects ranging to just under $2,000,000. Constructions will also benefit a number of other major cities, Chicago and Miami among them, through the expenditure of another $3,000,000.

The $15,000,000 to finance the program will be sought through a specially incorporated agency which the two institutions have just formed and which has been designated the “Development Fund for American Judaism.” The campaign will be headed by Max L. Koeppel of New York, and by former Senator Herbert H. Lehman. The Development Fund drive will be launched officially on November 18th at a luncheon meeting of the Reform movement’s national leaders in the Fontainebleau Hotel at Miami Beach.