NEW YORK (Feb. 6)
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations pledged today to “sensitize” its membership to the “absorption crisis” in Israel. The pledge was made by Jacob Stein, president of the United Synagogue of America, who was named chairman of the Conference today, succeeding Dr. William Wexler who completed his second term.
The Conference had just heard a detailed description of Israel’s cash needs for immigrant absorption in 1972 by Israel’s Minister of Finance, Pinhas Sapir and Louis A. Pincus, chairman of the World Zionist Organization Executive. Stein said it was “the unanimous feeling of all present that each of our membership organizations is charged with the obligation of properly sensitizing its members to the critical needs of Israel in meeting the challenge of internal social progress and the welcome immigration of Jews from the Soviet Union.”
He said the Conference would “exert every effort” to secure total participation of its membership in contributions to the campaign conducted by the United Jewish Appeal.