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Jewish Leaders Gather at Miami Beach to Initiate 1960 U. J. A. Drive

February 2, 1960
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The 1960 campaign of the United Jewish Appeal will be initiated at the three-day National Inaugural Conference of the UJA which will open here on Friday. Principal speaker at the conference will be Israel Ambassador Avraham Harman. Many delegates have already arrived here to participate in the parley.

In a statement issued here today, Morris W. Berinstein, UJA general chairman, noted that the 1960 campaign opens “when American Jews must take the opportunity that exists to fulfill the promise of a new start in life to immigrants to Israel which was implied in bringing them there. We must keep that promise by speeding the processes of absorption, so that those immigrants not yet integrated into Israel’s life, and not yet self-sufficient, may achieve these ends.”

Pointing out that some 600,000 Jewish men, women and children in Israel and 25 other countries will be dependent on UJA programs in 1960, Mr. Berinstein declared that “the largest group of this total number are some 345,000 Jews out of the one million brought to Israel since 1948 who are not yet completely absorbed into Israel social, economic and political life. It staggers the imagination to discover that this group represents one out of every three persons brought to Israel since its establishment.”

Mr. Berinstein also called attention to the fact that this year the United Jewish Appeal must maintain life-saving welfare and rehabilitation services to some 205, 000 people in 25 other countries outside of Israel, including the United States.

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