NEW YORK (Dec. 16)
Gifts totalling $234,000 were announced at a dinner meeting here tonight, opening the 1959-60 New York drive of the nationwide Combined Campaign for American Reform Judaism. The amount raised thus far for the $650,000 New York drive, represents a 23 percent increase over last year’s opening fund. Close to 500 lay and rabbinic guests, representing the 89 Reform synagogues in the New York metropolitan area, attended the dinner.
The beneficiaries of the nationwide campaign, which seeks $3,558,536, are the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, with a present peak of 585 affiliated congregations in the United States and Canada, and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the oldest existing rabbinical seminary. The two institutions are the central bodies of American Reform Judaism.