Cleveland Jewish Welfare Fund Appeal Drive Aims for $15,220,000

The annual Jewish Welfare Fund Appeal opened a month long drive for $15,220,000 Thursday evening for 22 Greater Cleveland agencies and Jewish needs throughout the world. The meeting, at Park Synagogue, also recognized Israel’s 25th year of independence with a series of exhibits highlighting Appeal efforts for each year of independence. Special recognition will be given to Appeal leadership of the 1948 Campaign-the year Israel became a nation-along with recognition to all past general chairmen and Women’s Division leaders.

“Cleveland’s leadership awareness, and response have gone hand in hand with Israel’s growth over these 25 historic years,” said Sheldon B. Guren, general chairman of the 1973 drive. “The formal opening of this Campaign is a fitting time to review our progress and contributions and to assess the needs of the coming year, not only for Cleveland and Israel, but for Jews who need our help throughout the world.”

The goal of the regular Campaign, he explained, is $9.1 million, of which approximately half will go to Greater Cleveland agencies. An additional $6.1 million is being sought for the Israel Emergency Fund to help cope with the expected arrival of 70,000 new immigrants to Israel-including 40,000 from the Soviet Union-and to help Israel with its heavy home burden of health, welfare, housing and educational problems for over 200,000 citizens living below the poverty line. Most are recent immigrants from prior years.

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