NEW YORK (May. 3)
On the eve of Prime Minister Golda Meir’s 75th birthday, which will be observed today, the Israel Bond Organization initiated a special collection campaign to produce $75 million in cash in honor of the Israeli leader during the months of May and June. The cash drive was inaugurated yesterday in telephone conferences with local campaign and cash collection chairmen in more than 30 cities across the country, and Canada. The cash needs were outlined by Leonard Goldfine, of Philadelphia, national cash chairman.
Israeli Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir cabled a message to Sam Rothberg, general chairman of the Israel Bond Organization, and to Goldfine, and transmitted on the telephone to the community leaders by Goldfine, which said in part: “New economic projects must be accelerated to provide immediate employment for thousands of skilled Russian immigrants arriving in the coming months Unless substantially more cash is forthcoming from Israel Bonds in May and June, the resulting lack of Job opportunities may Jeopardize the influx of professionals and technicians from the Soviet
Rothberg left Tuesday night to be in Israel for what he called a “double anniversary of unusual historic importance”–the Premier’s 75th birthday and Israel’s 25th anniversary on Monday. The Golda Meir birthday $75 million effort is part of the Israel Bond campaign for the sale of $360 million in 1973.