Dr. Goldstein Appeals to U.S. Jews to Increase ‘dollar Gifts’ to Israel

An appeal to American Jews to increase their financial aid to Israel in line with the growing needs for the care and settlement of immigrants was made here today by Dr. Israel Goldstein, world chairman of the Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal, who is currently touring North and South America on behalf of the fund which bears the prime responsibility for immigrant settlement in Israel.

Urging American Jewry to put greater emphasis on “the gift dollar” to help directly in Israel’s efforts to accommodate growing numbers of immigrants, Dr. Goldstein pointed to the fact that Israelis now contribute proportionately in the form of taxes more than three times the amount of financial support contributed by U.S. Jews. The current Jewish Agency budget, Dr. Goldstein said, was aimed at providing for the settlement in Israel of no more than 30,000 immigrants while the present rate of immigration is estimated to exceed that figure.

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