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UJA to Seek $500,000 Daily During October, Warburg Announces

September 27, 1951
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A drive to raise $500,000 a day in cash through the month of October, will be launched by the United Jewish Appeal on the High Holy Days, Edward M.M. Warburg, general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, announced today. The agency seeks to raise $15,000,000 in October, as part of its emergency campaign for $35,000,000 in cash by the end of the year to meet critical needs.

Mr. Warburg disclosed that the UJA had raised $56,500,000 to date in cash and predicted that this year’s campaign would exceed the $87,000,000 raised in 1950. Results of the emergency drive will be announced by 1,000 community leaders assemgling in New York October 27-28 at a UJA National Report Conference. He termed the one-month drive for $15,000,000 “phase one” of the Appeal’s special effort and said the second and final phase of “this determined effort to help meet Israel’s needs by the end of the year” will be launched at the conference.

Mr. Warburg, who said the chief root of Israel’s present crisis is her shortage of dollars, declared that the cash drive of the UJA would help overcome this deficiency until investments made in Israel begin to produce the items the country needs. “While Israel stands today on the verge of great new accomplishments in industry, agriculture and national development,” he commented, “her ability to realize further progress is being seriously threatened as she straine every nerve to overcome shortages arising out of an unprecedented immigration and other factors.” He pointed out that the mass inflow of 650,000 refugees “has simply outstripped Israel’s financial capacity to adequately feed, house and rehabilitate these newcomers and at the same time carry forward a needed industrial, economic and agricultural expansion.”

Mr. Warburg, who returned from Israel last week, said that while there was no starvation in Israel, the food situation was not good and there was malnutrition. He stressed the gravity of the housing situation, pointing out that 70,000 families were still in temporary shelters as the country faced the winter rainy season.

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