Communal Leaders Endorse New Level of Capability to Meet Human Needs at Home, in Israel; Seek $475 M

Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds of the United States and Canada will undertake to meet local, national and overseas needs in 1974 at least $85 million greater than the record sum of $390 million raised this year. The needs and the basic fund-raising required to meet them were projected by the Board of Directors of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds following discussions last weekend in New York by more than 200 presidents, campaign chairmen, and executive directors of the community organizations.

The needs in Israel were analyzed by Leon Dulzin, acting chairman and treasurer of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Requirements of national services were outlined by Lawrence Williams of Cleveland, chairman of the Large City Budgeting Conference. Local obligations were defined by Joseph Manello, leader of the Boston Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

The continuing immigration of Soviet Jews and those from other areas expected to total 70,000, and the unmet backlog of problems in Israel’s social gap, with overcrowded housing, youth dropouts, social deprivation, and other ills; distress and persecution of Jews in other areas of the world; and here at home, mounting problems of the Jewish aged and poor and sick will be in the forefront of the needs to be met in next year’s community campaigns, joined with the programs to enlarge Jewish education and enhance its quality, to involve and serve Jewish youth, enrich cultural services, and strengthen Jewish life here.

CAPACITY TO MEET REQUIREMENTS

“No one doubts our capacity to meet these requirements,” the CJF Board declared. The real issue is how to help contributors determine their responses at the imperative levels, to apply in practice the tested knowledge of effective campaigning, the Board stated.

Starting with their own commitments to set the example of utmost generous giving and energetic working, the community leaders will stress personal recruitment of many more volunteer solicitors as the prime necessity for success. The aim is to have every contributor seen personally for his gift. Emphasis will also be on training of solicitors to enable them to present the gravity and depth of problems, and manifold needs of the scores of agencies whose services are combined in the federated drives.

To avoid competitive efforts “that distract funds and energy,” the resolution further calls for “recognition and reinforcement” by Jewish organizations and leaders of “the primacy of the responsibilities we must meet at home and abroad.”

Planning for the 1974 campaigns was carried forward under the chairmanship of Edward Sanders, president of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation Council, and chairman of the CJF national Campaign Services Committee. Further national preparation will be carried forward at the CJF annual Assembly, November 7-11, in New Orleans More than 2500 community leaders will take part

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