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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-09-14

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Eshkol Asks UJA Leaders to Raise $70 Million for Immigrants

NEW YORK, (JTA) — Israel
Finance Minister Levi Eshkol,
arriving here Monday, lost no
time and addressed more than
100 top leaders of the United
Jewish Appeal gathered from
all parts of the country urging,
them to step up an extraor-
dinary collection drive to raise
$70,000,000 in cash funds against
campaign pledges, and to take
other measures to increase the
UJA campaign income. •
The special meeting of the
top UJA leaders, representing,
the drive's officers and mem-
bers of its policy-making Na-
tional Campaign Cabinet, was
called by , Joseph Meyerhoff,
UJA general chairman, and was
held at the Savoy Hilton Hotel.

LEVI ESHKOL

Eshkol reported at the meet-
ing that immigration to Israel
thus far in 1962 has been so
heavy that the country may end
the year with the greatest num-
ber of immigrants it has receiv-
ed in a decade.
Straining to keep up with
the heavy flow of immigra-
tion, Israel is attempting to
build 2,000 new housing units
monthly, Eshkol disclosed.
"But the pressure has been
so great," he added, "we have
been forced to put newcomers
into housing which in many
cases lacks water, light, sani-
tary arrangements, even in-
ternal walls, so. long as we
can give them a roof over
their heads. We are not doing
this because we want to, but
because lack of funds and
time make it impossible for
us to meet the problems of
this massive immigration in
as orderly a fashion as we
would prefer."
The largest number of Israel's
immigrant housing units are go
ing up in the country's 20-odd
new-type development towns
Eshkol reported. Where once
most immigrants were sent di-
rectly from ship to agricultural
farm villages, today's newcom-
ers go to new towns which are,
or are planned to be, centers
of industrial activity.
"We are determined to con-
tinue to produce a minimum of
2,000 decent housing units a
month for our newcomers,"
Eshkol said. "Never, we hope,
will we have to resort again to
housing our immigrants in tent
cities and tin huts as we did
in the peak yearS when the pace
of immigration was greater than
our means."
The people of Israel, he re-
vealed, are meeting two-thirds
the costs of immigration ab-
sorption in the form of extra
taxes and compulsory loans.
"But even with these, they
cannot meet the problem
alone. They must depend on
world Jewry, primarily Amer-
ican Jewry, to provide the

funds."

The UJA leaders were also
briefed about another area of
extreme Jewish needby Edward
M. M. Warburg, UJA honorary
chairman, and chairman of the
Joint Distribution Committee.
The JDC leader reported that
the entry into France of more
than 150,000 Jewish refugees
from North African countries
in the last 18 months has put

tremendous burdens upon his
organization and French Jewish
welfare bodies.
Warburg praised the French
government for the extensive
assistance it is giving to the
new refugees, who include 80,-
000 from Algeria. He said, how-
ever, even for those who do
receive French welfare aid such
as the Algerian Jews, there are
extensive needs of a Jewish re-
ligious and communal nature
which must be met from Jewish
sources.
Meanwhile, thousands of ref-
ugees from Tunisia and other
North African areas must look
largely to JDC and French Jew-
ish welfare bodies for basic
help. To meet the situation in
France, the JDC has - allocated
$3,250,000 for refugee aid there
in 1962.
Warburg also revealed that
the JDC has had to establish
an office in Algiers for the
purpose of directing and pro-
viding welfare aid and social
services which were formerly
dispensed through local Jew-
ish welfare agencies. In addi-
tion to France, the JDC pro-
vides welfare and other assist-
ance to needy Jews in 25
countries, and conducts a spe-
cialized medical and rehabili-
tation program through a net-
work of institutions on behalf
of sick, aged and handicapped
immigrants in Israel.
The UJA leaders voted to
step up a collection campaign
to raise a minimum of $70,000,-
000 in 1962 for transmittal to
its major beneficiaries — the
Jewish Agency for Israel which
is responsible for the reception
and resettlement of Jewish im-
migrants in Israel and the Joint
Distribution Committee.
More than half of this sum
had been raised to date, it was
reported by Israel D. Fink of
Minneapolis, UJA National Cash
Collection chairman. He urged
the UJA leaders to "bend every
effort to raise . $34,000,000 dur-
ing the four months remaining
to this year."
Plans to observe the United
Jewish Appeal 25th Anniversary
year in 1963 were alsO 'announc-
ed by Meyerhoff, UJA general
chairman. The UJA's anniver-
sary committee which will be
headed by former Governor
Herbert H. Lehman as honor-

ary general chairman, will fos-
ter commemorative observances
of UJA's silver jubilee and
American Jewry's humanitarian
achievements in an era marked
by both great Jewish tragedy
and rebirth, Meyerhoff said.
Meyerhoff, who will serve
as chairman of the 25th Anni-
versary Executive Committee,
said that, during the last quar-
ter of a century, the UJA
raised nearly $1,400,000,000,
rendered survival aid to 3,-
000,000 Jews, and transferred
and resettled 1,500,000 Jews
including 1,200,000 who set-
tled in 'Israel.
Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman,
UJA executive vice-chairman,
informed the conference that
the first scheduled event in the
observance of the 25th anniver-
sary year would be a Study Mis-
sion to Europe and Israel from
Oct. 15 to Nov. 2. The mission
participants will be UJA's top
leaders, including its officers,
members of its campaign cabi-
net and chairmen of major local
community campaigns. The an-
niversary observances will be
launched formally at the UJA
annual conference to be held
Dec. 7-9 in New York City, ac.

cording to Rabbi Friedman.
Moshe Sharettt, former Prime
• Plans to observe the UJA's Minister, as well as in many
25th anniversary are also being European communities which
formulated by an Israel commit- were revived with the aid of
tee under the leadership of UJA funds.

Report Czech Jews
See Danger to Identity

PARIS, (JTA) —Moshe Kol,
director of the Jewish Agency's
Youth Aliya program in Jeru-
salem, said here that leaders of
the Czechoslovakian Jewish
community were becoming in-
creasingly concerned over the
changes of safeguarding Jewish
identity for that country's small
Jewish population. .
Kol, who arrived here from
Prague, where he attended the
Congress of International Fed-
erations of Children's commu-
nity Organizations, said that he
talked freely with Czech Jews,
who also expressed an interest
in Israel.
At the Congress, Kol was re-
elected first vice-president of
the International Children's
Organization, with the delegates
from Tunisia also voting for
him. He praised the work of
the Congress, which, he said,
remained free of any political
disputes.

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