Tenth Anniversary of Israel Bond Drive in U.S. Celebrated in New York
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Tenth Anniversary of Israel Bond Drive in U.S. Celebrated in New York

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More than 600 communal, civic and religious leaders had tribute tonight to 10 founders of the Israel Bond Drive in New York at a dinner at the Hotel Pierre, and heard Foreign Minister Golda Meir of Israel salute their efforts on behalf of her state and her people. The dinner launched the fall campaign of the bond drive in New York. The goal of the New York drive is $15,000,000 for 1960.

In her address at the dinner, Mrs. Meir declared: “It is a source of deep satisfaction to me to be able to join in celebrating the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Israel bond campaign and in paying tribute to the 10 men and women whose effort and leadership were so greatly instrumental in bringing about its success in Greater New York.

“In the past decade, when Israel was confronted with the heavy burdens of receiving and absorbing a million immigrants, it was the Israel bond campaign which financed the economic development program necessary to fulfill this historic task of redemption for the Jewish people,” Mrs. Meir said. She expressed the hope that “with continued aid from Israel bonds, Israel will attain the goal of economic independence in the very near future.”

The 10 founders of the bond campaign honored were: Benjamin Abrams, Mrs. Charles Braverman. Dr. and Mrs. Israel Goldstein, David Kluger, Jacob Sincoff and Rudolf G. Sonneborn, Benjamin G. Browdy, District Attorney Edward S. Silver, and Rabbi Irving Miller.

Colonel Dina Werth, the Commander of the Women’s Army of Israel and the highest ranking woman in the Israel Defense Forces, arrived in the United States for an intensive nationwide speaking tour on behalf of the 1960 Israel bond campaign. Colonel Werth, who assumed the top command of the Women’s Army one year ago after several years as its chief training officer, is an expert on all phases of the Army as it affects the lives of the women of Israel.

Founding Funders

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  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund