NEW YORK (Feb. 1)
The American Jewish Congress will no longer be one of the beneficiaries of the New York United Jewish Appeal and will seek direct support from the New York Jewish community for its activities, it was announced here today by Dr. Joachim Prinz, AJC president. A “mutual agreement” to this effect was reached by both parties, a joint statement said.
The statement, signed by Dr. Prinz and Monroe Goldwater, president of the New York UJA, said:
“This decision was reached in a spirit of understanding and friendship, It grows out of the realization that UJA’s needs are so overwhelmingly great and urgent that every effort must be concentrated on meeting them while, at the same time, the American Jewish Congress required increased support for its work.
“As the American Jewish Congress recognizes the great importance of the work that the United Jewish Appeal is doing, and has pledged the full cooperation of its members to the cause of the UJA, so does the United Jewish Appeal acknowledge the valuable work of the American Jewish Congress, which merits the generous support of the Jewish community. “
The American Jewish Congress has relied for its support locally on the New York UJA since 1947 and engaged in no independent fund-raising. The 1962 budget of the American Jewish Congress is $1,300, 000. The AJC campaign will open next Thursday at a dinner for leaders of the organization in the New York area.
During the last year in which the Congress engaged in an independent fund-raising appeal in New York–1946–the sum of $775,000 was raised, Dr. Prinz disclosed today, Outside of New York, the American Jewish Congress will continue as a beneficiary of local Jewish federations and welfare funds, Dr. Prinz said, He reported that the AJC, had received financial support from Jewish communities in 294 cities across the United States in 1961,