U Ja 1979 Collections Top $280 Million

Final figures released by the United Jewish Appeal indicate that total cash collected during the calendar year 1979 was $280,058,162, it was announced by U JA national cash chairman Edgar Cadden. This figure represents an increase of almost $3 million over 1978 totals.

Cadden praised all communities for their contribution to this “remarkable achievement in a most difficult year.” but noted that, “unfortunately, this increased amount falls short of meeting current needs. Actual cash transmitted to the Jewish Agency in Israel was less than in the previous year, because of increased allocations to DC (Joint Distribution Committee), HIAS, and NYANA (New York Association for New Americans) necessitated by our increased rescue efforts on behalf of Soviet Jews, and the Jews of North Africa and the Middle East. The combined effects of increased immigration and the devaluation of the dollar at home and in Israel have been devastating.”

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