JERUSALEM (Sep. 18)
World Jewry is contributing less to the Israel emergency fund in 1968 than it did in the war crisis year of 1967 but contributions are still running nearly four times ahead of the pre-1967 campaigns, the director general of the Keren Hayesod reported here today. The Keren Hayesod is the fund-raising arm of the World Zionist Organization.
S. J. Kreutner, who just returned from Europe on behalf of the emergency fund campaign, said that preliminary figures from the 54 countries in which the fund operates indicate that contributions this year will be close to $55 million. This is slightly more than half the 1967 record of $105 million. But in the years preceding the Six-Day War the average was only $14 million, Mr. Kreutner said. He said Jewish communities of continental Europe were expected to raise $18 million in this year’s campaign, which is six times more than the pre-1967 figures and about 40 percent of last year’s total.