JDC Chief Tells UJA Leaders $24 Million Required to Meet Global Relief Needs

The Joint Distribution Committee will require $24 million in 1969 to meet its minimal worldwide needs on behalf of needy Jews in 25 countries, Samuel J. Haber, JDC’s executive vice president said here today. Mr. Haber spoke before members of the United Jewish Appeal’s 14th study mission currently in Israel. The JDC is a major beneficiary of the UJA. According to Mr. Haber, almost $8 million will be needed to finance programs in Israel. Three million dollars will be allocated to Western Europe. $4 million to Eastern Europe and $5 million to other countries. He said that JDC will contribute $2.25 million toward the world-wide program of ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training).

Louis D. Horowitz, director-general of JDC’s overseas operations, disclosed that nearly 3,000 Jews have fled from Czechoslovakia to date and have applied to the JDC in Vienna for aid. He said that many were tourists who were outside of Czechoslovakia when Soviet-led forces invaded that country last August and decided to remain abroad. Their assistance costs JDC $7,000 a day, he said. He reported in addition that 3,000 Jews in Rumania receive monthly cash grants from the JDC and others are provided with one hot meal a day.

Harold Trobe, director-general of Malben, the JDC-Jewish Agency relief organization for ill and aged immigrants, said that Malben’s service will be extended to long-time residents of Israel as well as newcomers. He said 5,000 more beds are required in old-age homes and predicted that the number of needy aged will grow as Israel’s population increases.

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