GENEVA (Oct. 28)
The closing session of the 19th annual Joint Distribution Committee County Directors Conference was told today that the JDC faces a loss of $7,000,000 in income next year.
Charles H. Jordan, European director-general, explained that the JDC receives most of its $30,000,000 annual budget from the United Jewish Appeal. In 1965, the JDC faces a 25 percent cut in the funds it distributes when 10 years of allocations from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany comes to an end, he said. He described as the “heart” of the JDC problem the fact that in 30 countries where it assists some 485,000 Jews, it has been providing integrated social welfare programs “so tightly knit that it is enormously difficult to make reductions, either geographically or in services rendered.”
He said the JDC would study the possibility of making cuts to eliminate areas of services “which are perhaps less essential than others.” He also noted that in recent years there had been increasingly close cooperation between American Jews and Jewish communities of other western countries in meeting the needs of their “brothers in distress. With the new Jewish spirit that has thus been created, they have every reason to think it will go on doing so.”