LOS ANGELES (Feb. 19)
Jack D.Weiler, chairman of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, presented a check Tuesday for $10,000 in behalf of his agency for earthquake relief for the general population of Guatemala to Dariol Soto Montenegro, that country’s Consul General in this city. Weiler also volunteered the services of JDC relief workers to aid the earthquake victims.
In making the gift, Weiler, who is vacationing in southern California, said: “The entire world is sick at heart over the tremendous loss of life and the terrible destruction caused by the earthquakes in Guatemala. We at the Joint Distribution Committee have always been sensitive to the needs of people caught in natural disasters; during the floods in Rumania, following earthquakes in Yugoslavia, Chile and Morocco and in other countries following other emergencies. Aside from funds we are prepared to send members of our staff to Guatemala, if needed, to organize welfare and other services. We have notified the U.S. State Department that we are ready to send our people there.”
Mrs. Lawrence Jay Weinberg, president of the Jewish Federation-Council of Greater Los Angeles, joined Weiler at the Consul General’s office. “JDC’s gift,” she said, “is a gift of the American Jewish communities, of the federations and welfare funds, in the sense that the JDC is the philanthropic arm of American Jewry.” Montenegro thanked Weiler and Mrs. Weinberg and assured them that the funds would be put to immediate use.