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April 08, 1960 - Image 64

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-04-08

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A 21-Member Body Formed to Handle UJA Funds

Jewish Agency Approves Nan- /
Fisher; Stoilman in the Grou p

of the Jewish Agency for Israel,
Inc., an American philanthropic
body with headquarters in New
York, which will handle these
funds, will consist of 21 mem-
bers, of whom 14 are outstand-
ing active leaders in fund-rais-
ing in their respective commun-
ities and in the UJA to be des-
ignated by the UIA and seven
to be 'designated by the execu-
tive of the Jewish Agency.
This board of 21 directors

THE

(Direct • JTA Teletype Wire
to The . Jewish News)

NEW YORK -- Dr. Nahum
Goldmarm, president of the Jew-
ish Agency for I s r a e 1, and
DeweY D. Stone, national chair-
Man - of the United • Israel Ap-
peal, on Wednesday issued a
joint statement announcing that
a. plan has been agreed upon for
the active participation of im-
portant American Jewish lead-
ers in the handling of funds
raised by the United Jewish
appeal for the United Israel
Appeal programs in Israel.
This plan has been evolved
as a result of discussions_ which
have taken place in recent
months between leaders of the
UJA, the UIA and the Jewish
Agency. The board of directors

will each year construct its
own budget and determine
the particular activities and
programs of immigration
absorption, resettlement, edu-
cation and other philan-
thrOpic activities conducted
by the Jewish Agency for

Israel which it desires to sup-
port, and to what extent. In
advance of each budgetary
year, the Jewish Agency will
submit to the board of direc
tors a survey of needs and an
itemized statement of funds
required in order to meet the
needs of assistance to immi-
grants already in Israel and
for such new immigrants as
can be anticipated. The board
of directors will enter . a de-
tailed agreement with the
Jewish Agency in Jerusalem
and will designate the latter
as its agent to perform the _
necessary services to imple-
ment the programs and activ-
ities approved and specified
in the budget by the board.

With the aid of funds re-
ceived from Jewish communities
throughout the free world, prin-
cipally through the UJA, the
Jewish Agency for Israel has

borne the unique responsibility
of bringing to, caring for and
resettlement in Israel of nearly
a million Jewish refugees since
World War II.
Dr. Dov Joseph, treasurer of
the Jewish Agency, came espe-
cially from Jerusalem to attend
an all-day meeting of the 21
board members convened by
Stone as national chairman of
UIA. He presented a detailed
analysis of the budget and pro-
gram of work of the Jewish
Agency for 1960-61.
The following have been in-
vited to serve as the 21 mem-
bers of. the board of directors:
Morris W. Berinstein of New
York and Rochester; Rabbi Isi-
dore Breslau, Washington, D.C.;
Samuel H. Daroff, Philadelphia;
Melvin Dubinsky, St. Louis; Max
M. Fisher, Detroit; Dr. :srael
Goldstein, New York; Dr.
Nahum Goldmann, New York;

Abraharn Goodman, New York;
Dr. Dov Joseph, Jerusalem; Mrs.
Rose L. Halprin, New York;
Rabbi Mordecai Kishblu m,
Brooklyn,,N.Y.; Philip M. Klutz-
nick, Chicago; Albert A.• Levin,
Cleveland; Joseph M. Mazer,
New• York; Joseph Meyerhoff,
Baltimore , -_ Dr. Emanuel Neu-
mann, New York; Louis Segal,
NeW York: Philip . Stollinan,
Detroit; Dewey D, Stone,' Brock-
ton, Mass.; - Ralph Wechsler,
Newark; N,J.; Jack D. Weiler,
New York.
All those invited to serve as
director s,.except Dr. Dov
Joseph. are citizens and resi-
dents of the United States.
An early meeting of the
board of directors of the UIA
is being convened shortly to
take the necessary formal action
to implement this agreement.
The Jewish Agency has already
approved the agreement.

Agency Transfers Activities to Zionist Council

NEW YORK, (JTA) — The non-Zionist group pursues its ulated in Jerusalem in 1951, is new arrangement is a result of orary chairmen. Re-elected as
acceptable to the vast majority pressure from the American vice - chairmen were Pinchas
transfer of some of the Jewish • •policy?"
The Zionist leader declared of Jews, Dr. Goldmann main- Council for Judaism, resulting Cruso and Rabbi Mordecai
Agency's activities in the Unit- that this "mythological termi- tained. "There is ideologically from its accusations that charity Schechtman. Charles Bick was
ed States to the American nology is creating havoc." Con- and programmatically no rea- funds were used for political re-elected treasurer. Two secre-
Zionist Council, the coordinat- tinuing, he said: "If Zionists son why many . Jewish organiza- purposes. Similar charges were taries were chosen: Paul Gold-
made by Arab. propagandists. man, who. was re-elected, and
ing body of all the national want to influence Jewish life, tions all over the world cannot
Dr. Goldmann's statement re- Avraham Schenker, was elected,.
join
the
World
Zionist
Orga-
they
_are
accused
of
the
will
to
Zionist organizations in this
futes these charges. An Organi- Rabbi Jerome Unger, who has
country, was announced Satur- dominate. If others with the nization," he said.
A resolution emphasizing the zation in Israel—The New Deal served as .executive director for
day' night by Dr. Nahum Gold- same desire do it, they only
the past 11 years, was again re-
mann, chairman of the Jewish want to serve." While everyone, need for ..a "strong and virile Movement headed by S. M. elected to the post.
Tamir
(Katznelson),
one-time
he
stated,
has
the
right
to
criti-
Zionist
movement
in
the
United
Agency. The transferred activ-
Two Israeli political leaders
ities deal with education; youth cize the Zionist movement and States to provide leadership for Herut (Revisionist) leader —
its structure, he asked that it American Jewry in preserving has circulated similar accusa-
one representing a party -
work and the Herzl Institute.
tions,
charging
that
UJA
funds
Dr. Goldmann made the an- be done "with fairness and Jewish identity within the were used by Zionist parties for which is a member of the
coalition government, the
framework of American democ-
nouncement in an address at decency."
"The Zionist movement and racy," was adopted at the AZC their political activities in Is- other heading one of the op
the opening session of the two-
rael. The Jewish . News is in
day annual meeting of . the the • Jewish Agency," said Dr. conference. T h e resolution. receipt of copies of Tamir's position parties — joined in
denouncing what they called .
American Zionist Council. In Goldmann, "is an indispensable which also emphasized the need
to strengthen the links between charges, which are being circii- "irresponsible" accusations
Wong language, he hit back at instrument to mobilize, coordi- American
Jewry and the State lated widely by the Council for that their groups use United,
"`some irresponsible journalists nate and channel the efforts of
of
Israel,
called
upon the con- Judaism. Tamir's charges also Jewish .Appeal funds . for po-
certain.
groups"
for
their
the
Jewish
c
o
m
m
u
n
i
t
i
e
s
and -
litical purposes.
continuing attacks on Zionism throughout the . world, in help- stituent organizations of the have been repudiated).
"Zionism can no longer
The Israelis, both members
. and the Jewish Agency. He said ing Israel to receive, absorb and American Zionist Council:
base itself on emergencies; of the Knesset, the Israeli Par-
"To increase their efforts in
that these attacks . were made settle immigrants and to devel- the 1. field
of education and informa-
henceforth
we
must
stress
the
"partly by writers whose ig- op the country. • Without this tion to strengthen cultural ties with
liament, are Joseph Serlin,
nOrance is equal to their malice, help • Israel. could not have - the people of Israel so that Jewish normal and permanent," chairman of the General Zion-
nd
d
In
United
States
a
.
lif
e
in
the
and partly by others who should achieved even a part of what I Isi ? ejTmo a Lbinetemrauct ti ahl ol3sr telneriac m . . _ Rabbi Irving Miller declared ist Party in Israel, and Moshe
at the closing session of the- Kol, chairman of the Progres-
and is
know better and who have their was accomplished in the first 11 leading propaganda that misrepre-
conference of the American- sive Party in Israel. The latter
years; nor would Israel, in the m
own motives for it."
ims
of
the
Zionist
move-
seennist. th a
Zionist Council. Rabbi Miller, group is a member of the
future, be able to overcome the
Dr. Goldmann also replied great political and economic
3. "To involve American Jewry in
who has served as -AZC
vigorously to criticism of the difficulties which lie ahead, the development of Israel through chairman since 1954, was re- coalition government.
tourism, periods of study and Ali-
ad.
Objecting to "unjust and un-
Zionist movement as a "polit- before it will be finally consoli- yah.
elected chairman for another
4. "To develop a comprehensive
founded"
charges voiced in this
ical organization!' He said dated and the country will live
term.
youth program so that our chil-
country, the Israelis pointed out
that such a characterization at peace with its neighbors."
dren may become increasingly
Avraham Harman, Israel Am- that their two parties conduct
aware of the centrality of Israel in
is completely unjustified. Be-
He answered those critics Jewish life.
bassador to the United States, jointly an Organization in Israel
cause of its past activities
5.
"To
stimulate
the
study
and
.
who have taken the Agency use of the Hebrew language as an to ld the delegates that they called Constructive Enterprises
and its many accomplish-
to task for alleged "ineffi- essential instrument of Jewish unity should not be under the impres- Fund, Ltd., which, -for 14 years,
ments, Dr Goldmann assert-
and a spiritual and intellectual sion that "if you have an inde-
ciency and waste." Admitting bond
has been conducting various
between the Jews of America
ed the movement is the best
that- there are weaknesses in and of Israel."
pendent Jewish State, it will projects -involving new- houses
instrument for linking Israel
Other
resolutions
adopted
ex-
every organization, and that
with Jewries throughout the
pressed gratification with the "un- automatically radiate Jewish for immigrants; establishment
improvements are always nec- paralleled generosity" of the United learning and influence." He of - new settlements, strengthen-
world.
essary, Dr. Goldmann added: States Government in -providing aid urged them to develop "home- ing the kibbutz movement; loan
all kinds to underdeveloped coun-
The phrase "political organi- "But seeing it from a histor- of
funds and youth villages.
tries and. urged the U.S. "to con- grown" leadership.
zation" which has been used in ical point of view, to have tinue its generous programs of aid
Allocations received from
Louis
Segal,
chairman
of
the
to
Israel
and
other
countries
in
criticism of the ZioniSt move- brought in over 1,000,000 im
the Middle East, who have the will Jewish Agency's Aliyah, depart- abroad .by ConstructiVe Enter-
ment, said Dr. Goldmann, is migrants, to have absorbed and capacity to apply such aid for
raising of the living standards ment, reported that, in the past prises have never been used
purely a "mythological term, a and established the large ma- the
of its people."
year and a half, more than 1,000 for any other purpose and have
remnant of a past period." jority of them—certainly with
The U.S. Government was urged
resolutions "to take positive steps Americans and Canadians went never been used by either the
Prior to the establishment of the substantial help of the in
to halt the United Arab Republic's
General Zionists or the Pro-
the State of Israel, 12 years government of Israel — and illegal blockade of the Suez Canal., to Israel to live. He emphasized gressives for strictly domestic
induce the Arab leaders to cease that emigration from the United
ago, he said, the characteriza- having achieved all this with to
their boycott of Israel and to elab-
tion was probably justified. the insufficient means made orate long-range development plans States consists mainly of young political aims, the leaders de-
the common good of both peo- people imbued with idealism, clared.
"But since the State was estab- available to the Jewish com- for
ples and in the interests of world and also of retired people. In
Pointing out that, at the re-
lished, it has taken over the munities----can this be called- peace." Washington was also asked
-exclusive conduct of its foreign proof of inefficiency? The "to use its best efforts to induce order to encourage others to quest of the UJA, Constructive
the Arab Governments to cope ser- live in Israel, Segal said that Enterprises has been receiving
policy," he declared. "While, in Jewish Agency will always iously
with the Arab refugee prob-
critical moments, Zionist bodies welcome constructive criti- lem in the framework of direct the Zionist movement here "has an annual allocation of $750,000,
negotiations with the State of Is- an obligation to help create the Serlin and Kol stated- that that
adopt resolutions to support cism, but not the unfair and rael, as part of a general peace
necessary instrumentalities to sum was not in itself sufficient
Israel's demands, other Jewish malicious nagging of people settlement.".
(Dr. Goldmann's ,announce- provide b e.t t e r employment to finance the Fund's activities.
groups do likewise in a demo- who either do not know the
cratic effort to clarify public facts or are motivated by ex- ment regarding the transfer of possibilities, modern housing Individual supporters in Israel,
Jewish Agency activities to the and suitable credit facilities." they said, supplement the
opinion," the world Zionist traneous reasons."
Mrs. Samuel W. Halprin, act- Fund's needS,. - .
American
Zionist Council,
out.
leader pointed
Announcing the transfer of
ing chairman of the Jewish
At the request of the .UJA,
which
will
necessitate
the
hold-
many
of
the
American
activi-
about

"What is 'political'
Agency,
presided
at
the
conclud-
the
leaders, said, they gave up
ing
of
a
separate
campaign
for
the World Zionist Organiza- ties of the Jewish Agency to
ing
session.
Rabbi
Jerome
Un-
the
right to conduct their own
Zionist
educational
activities,
tion as it is today?" he asked. the American Zionist Council,
gar, executive director of the individual campaigns in - the
"There are two sets of including education, youth work has reference to the formation AZC, told the conference that United States.. Now, however,
terms," he went on, "to char- and the Herzl Institute, • Dr. of a new corporation, composed "the present revolutionary and they declared, they are -plan-
acterize Zionist activities as Goldmann said that these addi- of 21 leading Jews, who hence- crucial period of the -Zionist ning to run a Constructive En-
different from those of non- tions to the Council's program, forth will have charge of allo- movement, which offers us op- terprises drive in the United
Zionists. The Zionists, some "impose grave responsibilities. cating philanthropic funds portunity and challenges us to States beginning in 1961. The
people say, are political; the Beginning next year," he con- raised by the United Jewish do our work in a completely in- two leaders pointed out that the
others, non-political. Have not tinued, "the AZC will have to Appeal.
(Max M. Fisher and Phillip dependent manner, is one which "unfounded" charge that UJA
the so-called non-political , or- raise its own funds which will
Stollman
are the two Detroit- can restore prestige to Zionism funds are used for political
ganizations, including purely be a blessing for the Zionist
purposes collapses when it is
ers
who
are
being named in the in America."
philanthropic groups, cleared movement in this country, as it
The conference elected Dr. noted that the parties which
policies on many problems, as will be able to go before the. group of 21 incorporators of the
Miriam Freund as chairman of they head, the Progressives and
the Zionists have? Why is it Jewish communities and mob- new fund - distributing body. the AZC executive committee. the General Zionists, actually
Fisher
is
to
be
co-treasurer
of
ilize
its
friends
to
obtain
the
'political' when a Zionist group
Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver and fight each other vigorously on
the corporation.
takes a position, and 'non- necessary funds."
Louis
Lipsky were elected hon- the political front in Israel.
that
the
(It has been said
The Zionist program, as -form-
political' when a so-called

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