DETROIT (May. 14)
The Allied Jewish Campaign here formally closed with a dinner at the Jewish center here, presided over by Charles H. Gershenson, campaign chairman, and with a statement by Isidore Sobeloff, executive vice-president of the Jewish Welfare Federation and the director of the campaign, expressing confidence that a total of $4, 520, 000 will be raised after all pledges will come in. Already $4, 314, 620 has been accounted for by chairmen of divisions of the campaign.
Analyzing the reports of the division chairmen, Mr. Sobeloff said: “I hope you will regard the campaign as an unfinished Job. We are not mere fund-raisers–we are a community. Every dollar, every name announced tonight, spells dedication to abetter future for ourselves and for those who will follow as.” He emphasized that the concluded drive was “a grand campaign.”
Mr. Gershenson described the Allied Jewish Campaign as a mechanism to support the many local and national agencies and the means for reaching those aided in Israel and around the world and “to express our identification with them.” Commenting on the final campaign efforts, he said: “We have learned through the years that we cannot relax until every prospect is reached and until every effort is made to achieve our goal.”
Max M. Fisher, president of the Federation, spoke of the threefold purposes of the Federation–community planning, determination on how the income derived from campaign is to be distributed and fund-raising. A fourth purpose, he said, is “to dramatize that we are kinsmen working together as a cohesive and united community.” Thanking Mr. Gershenson for his untiring efforts, Mr. Fisher as well as other program participants, joined in thanking Gershenson’s co-chairman, Al Borman and the other top campaign leaders. The principal address was delivered by Michael S. Comay, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations.