Histadrut Reports Unprecedented Contribution of $1,1 Million
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Histadrut Reports Unprecedented Contribution of $1,1 Million

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Receipt of $1,1 million, the largest contribution in the 54-year history of the Israel Histadrut Campaign in the United States, has been reported here by the West Coast office of the fund-raising drive for Israel’s labor, health, education and welfare federation. The amount included $900,000 from Mrs. Nettie Miriam Gorov and $200,000 from Meyer Feldman, two Histadrut admirers of Tucson, Ariz., who first met and arranged their benefactions shortly before their deaths during the past year, through their estates.

The unprecedented contribution was announced by Jack Kahan, regional campaign president; Frederick L. Simmons, chairman, Israel Histadrut Foundation; and Abraham Frank, regional campaign director. It was through the Foundation, headed nationally by Dr. Sol Stein for long-term bequests and commitments to Histadrut, that Mrs. Gorov and Feldman arranged their major support of the Israeli federation’s projects.

They met some two years ago in Tucson, where Feldman, a prominent businessman and Jewish community leader, had endowed an urgently needed Histadrut Aircraft Mechanics Trade School in his name and that of his late wife, Esther, through a $200,000 Histadrut Annuity that paid him a 12 percent annual dividend for life. A new arrival in Tucson from Chicago, Mrs. Gorov met and discussed Histadrut with Feldman. She subsequently endowed a $200,000 annuity with 12.5 percent yearly dividends, and also created a $700,000 trust for the benefit of Histadrut. Her total $900,000 gift has been earmarked for a new Israeli orphanage bearing her name.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund