LONDON (Aug. 21)
Help for Israel’s needy northern border towns and villages is the object of the 1974 Kol Nidre Appeal for Israel, which has as its target a sum of one million pounds. Making this announcement, the chairman of the Kol Nidre Appeal, Cyril Stein, said that following a meeting between leaders of the Joint Israel Appeal and the Jewish Agency, it had been agreed that for this year, funds raised by the Appeal would be used for specific social welfare projects in the north of Israel.
“For years the people of Israel’s northern border towns and villages have borne the brunt of attacks against the State, and for years they have lived in conditions totally unacceptable in a modern society,” Stein said. “However, it was the tragedies at Kiryat Shemona. Maalot, Kibbutz Shamir and Nahariya that highlighted the deprivation of these people. As a community we were determined to do something about this situation and we proposed to the Jewish Agency recently that this year’s Kol Nidre Appeal be devoted to provide clinics, youth clubs and community centers for the settlements of the north.”
Stein expressed hope that the Appeal’s target would be reached despite the fact that it has been fixed at a sum double that of any previous Kol Nidre Appeal, and in spite of Britain’s current economic problems. He said that the leadership of the community has offered its fullest support to the JIA in this endeavor. A special meeting to launch the Appeal will be held in early Sept.