U.S. Jewry Urged to Build ‘house of Jewish Communities’ in Israel

Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, has called upon American Jewry to support the 1965 campaign of the United Jewish Appeal, and has strongly endorsed the building of a "House of Jewish Communities" in Israel to be made possible by UJA’s Council of Organizations. He spoke at a meeting, which took place at the Astor Hotel, at which the Council discussed development of plans for its 1965 fund-raising drive.

Urging the construction of the House of Jewish Communities as a "monument of monuments for world Jewry," Dr. Goldmann said: "This will be a museum for European Jewry, for the Galician, Polish, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Czechoslovak, Rumanian and other Jews. It will be a museum devoted to the great achievements of European Jewry during one thousand years of history."

He stressed that only our generation could accomplish this, and called upon the landsmanschaften to be the prime movers because their aim is to help their fellow townsmen and keep alive the memory of these creative communities that were destroyed by the Nazis. "You cannot now send any money to Warsaw, to Lyov, to Kovno, to Krakow or to Riga," he said. "it is therefore your sacred duty to build this great museum, and not only through collections, but even from the funds in your treasuries.

"This great museum, the Bet Hatfuzot, will be established in the heart of Tel Aviv, on the campus of Tel Aviv University, and will be the largest building there. It will serve as a bridge between the State of Israel and the Jews all over the world," the Zionist leader stated., He called the project "extremely important for the youth in Israel that knows very little about the Jews in the Diaspora."

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