An appeal to those who pledged contributions in the local drives of the $25,000,000 United Jewish Campaign, for the payment of their pledges on the occasion of the High Holidays was issued by David A. Brown, national chairman of the Campaign.
The Holy days, he said, emphasized the nearness of winter, which would increase the need of men, women and children of Poland whom economic failure, disease and famine have rendered homeless and destitute. He said that the amount of money paid into the treasury of the organization during the last few months was greater, in proportion to the total of subscriptions, than in any other Jewish campaign. The money thus made available, he said, had enabled the Joint Distribution Committee to carry on its program of relief in Poland, Russia, Roumania, Bessarabia, Checo-Slovakia, and other countries, and to continue its work of agricultural colonization in Ukraine and the Crimea. He stated that the childcare and medical activities, reconstructive loans, and land settlement work would be interrupted unless additional funds were forthcoming immediately to meet the current budgeted activities.
In his message to State and local campaign officers, Mr. Brown said:
“That up to the present we have been able to carry on our work in all of the countries in which the Joint Distribution Committee is functioning at present, is due in a large measure to the prompt remittance of all collections by state and local treasurers of our Campaign. I believe that I am correct in stating that, in proportion to the amount subscribed, more money has come in during the past few months than in any other campaign.
“I have before me the budget requirements of the Joint Distribution Committee up to December 31st of this year, and I can readily see that a very large sum must be collected between September 1st and the end of the year if we are to continue to carry on all of our necessary activities. Nothing could be more tragic than an interruption of our child-care, our medical activities, our reconstructive loans, and our land settlement work in Russia, which would necessarily follow should we lack the necessary funds.
“It is our hope that we may be able between September 1st and Rosh Hashonah send through the Joint Distribution Committee to our suffering brethren in Russia, Poland and throughout Eastern Europe, such help as will make this New Year a happier and brighter year for them.”