NEW YORK (Dec. 11)
The Joint Distribution Committee yesterday adopted a record budget of $24.1 million for a broad range of health, welfare and rehabilitation services to over 300,000 needy Jews in 27 countries during 1970. The budget will be acted on at the annual conference of the United Jewish Appeal of which the JDC is a major beneficiary.
Samuel L. Haber, JDC executive vice chairman, noted that there was a sharp increase in the number of Jewish refugees, particularly from Poland, and an increase in needs in Israel, Europe and North African countries. He said his organization has earmarked almost a third of its budget for programs in Israel. The largest item is $6.2 million for health and welfare programs for aged, ill and handicapped immigrants in Israel. Another $880,000 was allocated for aid to religious and cultural activities there. Mr. Haber said that close to $2 million has been allocated to Eastern Europe, the bulk of it in Rumania. Over $4 million has been reserved for some 50,000 needy Jews in Arab and Moslem countries.