Five-day Cash Drive for Israel Bonds to Begin November 29
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Five-day Cash Drive for Israel Bonds to Begin November 29

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Jews in the Greater New York metropolitan area will conduct an intensive five-day cash drive for Israel Bonds Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. Hundreds of volunteer phone callers in New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties will participate in the “Dial-for-Israel” campaign.

Last week, more than 1000 American businessmen participated in an Israel Bond dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel which paid tribute to Francis C. Rooney Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Melville Corp. Former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban presented the Prime Minister’s Medal to Rooney at the dinner which produced more than $4 million for the Israel Food program.

Reporting on his recent trip to Israel where he met with Premier Yitzhak Rabin. Rooney said, “We returned home convinced that this throwing democracy which has made so many contributions to the cause of freedom since its birth just 28 years ago will survive no matter how overwhelming the odds; that it is a creative and vital society which is using its resources well, and that it is a nation which deserves the help of all Americans who value freedom and dignity,”


Chaim Herzog, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, told the National Campaign Cabinet that he deplored the lack of vigorous reaction by Jewish communities to the anti-Semitic campaign being conducted at the UN. He expressed the hope that the Jewish communities would respond not only by active protests, but by increasing their support of Israel through the purchase of Israel Bonds.

“In all these anti-Semitic attacks it is inconceivable that the Jewish people, as reflected in you and in all the other Jewish organizations, should not be turning the place upside down and not be hitting back hard,” Herzog declared. “You can hit back by just increasing the number of Israel Bonds you buy, by increasing your whole involvement because that is what really makes an affect upon them.”

Reports on the progress of the 1976 Israel Bond campaign and the plans for intensified cash activity in the United States and Canada were presented by Michael Arnon, president of the Israel Bond Organization, and Leonard Goldfine, national campaign co-chairman. The cash program will be carried on under the chairmanship of Julian B. Venezky, national chairman for community leadership.

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