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Hadassah Raises over $23 Million

Hadassah raised over $23 million this year, Rose E. Matzkin, national president, announced yesterday at the closing session of the four-day, 61st annual National Convention here. Mrs. Matzkin of Waterbury, Conn., was re-elected to her fourth one year term as president.

Frieda S. Lewis, national treasurer, explained that even though the 340,000 members, responsible for fund-raising, achieved a remarkable feat in light of the recession, inflation here and in Israel is forcing Hadassah to achieve higher collections for 1975-76. In addition, Hadassah is reopening its Hadassah University Hospital on Mount Scopus in October, which will increase its Hadassah Medical Organization budget by about one-third.

The new quotas for Hadassah’s health, educational, rehabilitation and land reclamation services are: In Israel; Hadassah Medical Organization maintenance–$7,000,000; HMO Building and Development–$3,333,333; Youth Aliya (270 children’s villages and day centers caring for over 16,000 wards)–$2,100,000; Hadassah Israel Education Services (Community College, Seligsberg/Brandeis Comprehensive High School and the Hadassah Vocational Guidance Institute)–$1,000,000; Jewish National Fund–$700,000.

In the United States; the budget is over $3,000,000 for Hadassah’s adult and youth education programs, and leadership development. “The additional funds come from endowments, annuities, bequests and grants.” Mrs. Lewis explained.

ALIYA TO BE PROMOTED

Eleanor Barrett, of Livingston, N.J., Hadassah aliya chairman announced that “Hadassah groups throughout the country will cooperate with local Israel aliya centers to assist in the dissemination of aliya information.” A statement on aliya adopted by the convention said. “Hadassah recognizes the priority of aliya in the Zionist program and is aware of the unique opportunity for personal fulfillment which aliya can offer to individuals and families. We resolve to intensify our efforts to promote those programs which advance the concept and the implementation of aliya in the United States, through motivation, education and encouraging personal participation.”

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