NEW YORK (Apr. 19)
In a progress report on the 1973 nationwide UJA campaign, Paul Zuckerman, general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, today released figures indicating an increased level of giving throughout the American Jewish community. “At the midpoint of our current campaign, total pledges received are $192,627,268 as compared to $163,497,128 at the same time last year –showing an overall increase of over 29 million dollars,” Zuckerman stated.
Commenting on the significance of these figures, he said that “despite the recent sharp rises in the cost of living index, the American Jewish community continues to show a growing concern for, and understanding of, the pressing problems in the absorption of newcomers to Israel, and this is most heartening.” Continuing, Zuckerman said: “For although we are achieving a record fundraising year the Jewish Agency budget will be some $70 to $90 million short. At present, all absorption centers in Israel are filled to capacity …and much remains to be done to solve the problems of unmet human needs.”
Zuckerman stressed the urgency of UJA’s present cash collection drive aimed at a rapid and complete redemption of pledges to prevent curtailment of vital UJA-supported programs. The focal points of community cash efforts center around the week of Passover as Cash Redemption Week, and May 7, Israel’s 25th anniversary, the target date for a nationwide telephone cash report to the UJA national office.