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Coordinated Campaign to Raise $280 M

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New York’s two major Jewish philanthropic organizations, the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York, and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, announced today agreement on a single coordinated campaign to raise $280 million in an unprecedented effort to respond adequately to the current emergency in Israel and to assure that local health, educational and social service needs here are met.

Laurence A. Tisch, president of the Greater New York UJA, and Lawrence Buttenwieser, president of the Federation, told a press conference that the organizations–the two largest of their kinds in the United States–will launch the joint drive on. Nov. 1 covering New York City, Westchester and Long Island.

The campaign will be known as the “Israel Emergency Fund and Coordinated Campaigns” of the two agencies. The two presidents said that no merger was involved. Of the sum being sought, $250 million is for the UJA and $30 million for the Federation. Participants at the press conference were Mayor John V. Lindsay, who called the effort “a landmark campaign,” and Sanford Solender and Ernest Michel.

Tisch said the $250 million was more than three times as much as the largest amount ever raised by the New York UJA. Buttenwieser said that the Federation was suspending its fund-raising for building and capital purposes for the duration of the emergency. They said that coordination of the two campaigns was an important step in mobilizing the maximum philanthropic resources of the Jewish community.

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