NEW YORK (Oct. 27)
The United Israel Appeal received over $32 million in assistance from U.S. government sources during the 1985 U.S. fiscal year, according to UIA chairman Irwin Field.
The UIA was voted $27.5 million by Congress for programs to help refugees from Eastern Europe and other countries who settle in Israel. Additional amounts were received from a Presidential Emergency Fund and from AID, most of it to assist in the movement and initial absorption of Ethiopian Jews in Israel.
Field, referring to a report issued by the UIA’s Committee on Relations with the U.S. government, praised its chairman, Paul Zuckerman, for an exceptional leadership effort. Zuckerman, a former national campaign chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and currently co-treasurer of UIA, in his report to the Board of Directors, thanked the President, members of Congress and the State Department for their support of UIA’s mission to assist Israel in providing a haven for Jewish refugees.
The UIA receives the major portion of its funding from the UJA annual campaign. It serves as the representative of the American Jewish community in administering the programs of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
During its last fiscal year, UIA allocated over $311 million for programs of the Jewish Agency. Field emphasized that the UIA depends primarily upon the success of the UJA’s current effort through community Federation campaigns to provide its total allocations for Jewish Agency programs.