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Democratize Fund-raising, French UJA Chief Says

The director of France’s United Jewish Appeal campaign thinks it is concentrating too much of its efforts on the large donors to the exclusion of the smaller ones. Julien Samuel, addressing the campaign’s fourth annual convention here Friday, said that in the interests of “democracy and efficiency,” it should seek as large a number as possible of contributors on the small to medium scale.

“Democracy in Jewish communal life is dying and participation in communal activities and responsibilities is less and less balanced,” Samuel said. The most efficient form of fund-raising, he said, is one that addresses itself to the largest numbers of contributors. This year’s target of the French UJA is over $160 million, nearly double the amount raised last year. Michel Topiol president of the French UJA executive, called on French Jewry to fulfill this target.