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Special Maccabee Month Launched

A nationwide campaign to enlist 250,000 families as purchasers of a minimum of $1000 each in Israel Bonds will be inaugurated Nov. 18 and will continue through Dec. 20 when the first Chanukah candle is due to be kindled, it was announced earlier this week by Sam Rothberg, general chairman of the Israel Bond Organization. He said that the special campaign period would be known as Maccabee Month in tribute to the Maccabees of modern Israel “whose courage and sacrifice have saved Israel from another concerted attempt by the Arab states to destroy the Jewish homeland.”

Persons who buy $1000 or more in Israel Bonds will be enrolled as “Shomrei Yisrael” (Guardians of Israel). Rothberg announced that Maccabee Month has received the wholehearted support of the rabbinical organizations and other national Jewish organizations. He said that the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Rabbinical Association of America, and the Rabbinical Council of America will initiate campaigns among their own members to enroll each rabbi as a Shomer Yisrael. In addition, every rabbi will be asked to take an active part in enrolling the members of his congregation as Shomrei Yisrael through the minimum purchase of $1000 in Israel Bonds.

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