New York U. J. A. Women Raise $1, 623, 000 in Pre-campaign Pledges

A total of $1, 623, 000 in pre-campaign pledges was announced at a rally and luncheon today launching the 1967 campaign of the Women’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York. The figure represents an increase of 26 percent over the pre-campaign figure for 1966.

Some 4, 000 women volunteers attended the rally at which Baron Guy de Rothschild, French Jewish leader, was presented with the UJA Women’s Division Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Award for humanitarian achievements that “enhance the dignity of man.” In an address at the rally, Israel Ambassador Avraham Harman described Israel’s role as a maturing nation and outlined the needs of immigrants resettled there with the aid of UJA agencies.

In presenting the award to Baron Rothschild, who is president of the Fonds Social Juif Unifie, French Jewry’s major welfare agency, expressed his community’s gratitude for the assistance the Joint Distribution Committee has rendered in the rebuilding of the French Jewish community after the Second World War and in the resettlement in France of hundreds of thousands of Jews from Europe and North Africa.

Mrs. Herbert H. Lehman, widow of the late Governor of New York, who is honorary chairman of the Women’s Division, was presented with a scroll conveying official notice from the municipality of Dimona, Israel, of the formal dedication in her name of the Edith Lehman High School there.

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