NEW YORK (Jul. 1)
The Joint Distribution Committee programs aided 390,000 needy Jews in 1972 compared to 320,000 aided in 1971, Samuel L. Haber, JDC Executive Vice-Chairman stated in the agency’s Annual Report just released here. Total expenditures for the year were $26,490,000, an increase of $2,200,000 over 1971, Haber reported.
This brings the total amount spent by the JDC since its inception in 1914 to close to $1 billion. Most of JDC’s health, welfare, rehabilitation and education programs were concentrated in Israel, Eastern Europe and the Moslem countries, Haber added.
In an introductory message to the report. Edward Ginsberg of Cleveland, JDC Chairman, cited the arrival of 32,000 Jews in Israel as one of the highlights of the year. “Hundreds of them have already been referred to the JDC for a variety of services,” he said. Ginsberg; also called attention to plans for the creation of a gerontological institute “which promises to pioneer new techniques in care of the aged and will benefit not only the aged in Israel but, hopefully, the aged in other countries as well.” He noted that JDC continued to expand its programs on behalf of handicapped children and the training of professional personnel in Israel. Despite the increase in services and in the number of people assisted Mr. Ginsberg noted that “we are mindful that there are still very serious unmet needs in various countries.”
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