CHICAGO (Jan. 17)
Pledges totalling $6.6 million to the 1973 campaign of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago were announced at the JUF special gifts inaugural dinner here. In making the announcement, Raymond Epstein, 1973 JUF general campaign chairman, said that the figure represents the largest amount ever reached by the JUF at this early stage of the campaign. More than 400 leaders of the Chicago Jewish community attended the dinner at the Palmer House.
Guest Speaker, Louis Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive, cited the continuing need for aid to immigrants in Israel as the single most important factor affecting the pattern of humanitarian services there. He stressed the absolute dependence of Israel on help from Jewry abroad in providing such services to immigrants and to all Israelis in the face of heavy defense expenditures which absorb 40 percent of the country’s budget.
Abram D; Davis, JUF general co-chairman, outlined the urgency of local needs to serve youth, the aged, Jewish poor, and Jewish education. Epstein, who is also vice-president of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency board of directors, chaired the meeting as a last minute substitute for Alvin W. Cohen, JUF special guest chairman, who was hospitalized just prior to the event, but is recuperating satisfactorily.