5' Women's Role
in United Appeal
By MRS. PHILIP R. MARCUSE
THE JEWIS H NEWS—Section B—Friday,
President. Women's Division,
Jewish Welfare Federation
Unification of Relief Efforts , 25
Ago, Marked at Leaders' Histortc Meeting
As individuals, Jewish women
in Detroit have endorsed the life-
saving and life-giving objectives
of the United Jewish Appeal
throughout the 25 years of its
• existence, but it was only after
the founding of the Women's Di-
vision of the Jewish Welfare
Federation of Detroit seventeen
years ago that their support be-
came organized and financially
The Women's Division is an
arm of Federation and as such
has the same relationship of re-
ceiving strength from and con-
tributing strength to the parent
body as does a real arm to the
In Detroit there is no separate
United Jewish Appeal drive but
rather an inclusion of all needs
in one fund-raising effort — the
Allied Jewish Campaign. Through
the years it has been repeatedly
proven that a well organized
community structure — our Fed-
UJA FOUNDERS: U.S. Jewish leaders moved swiftly to create first UJA within days following Nazi Kristall Nacht pogrom of November 1938. Left to right,
eration—properly interpreted to
above: William Rosenwald acting for National Coordinating Committee (later National Refugee Service), Rabbi Abba Mlle! Silver for United Palestine Appeal
those responsible for its support,
(now United Israel Appeal), and the late Rabbi Jonah B. Wise for Joint Distribution Committee,sign agreement establishing united campaign for 1939.
also provides the finest instru-
This photo reconstructs the historic event of Jan. 10, 1939, when the Joint Distribution
ment for raising funds for pur-
poses similarly humanitarian in
Committee, the United Palestine Appeal and the National Coordinating Committee for Refugees joined
nature but more distantly lo-
forces for the great relief drive to aid the victims of Nazism and to assist in the settlement of refugees in
what was then Palestine and has since become the State of Israel.
The Women's Division is con-
The decision was reached on that historic day at a dinner of the clothing industry to Sidney
cerned with the whale woman—
president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, at Hotel Commodore, New York.
her head and her heart—in the
belief that understanding is in-
dispensable to realistically gen- money, additional to men's giv-
erous giving. Each campaign in ing. Nor is this the full measure-
A message from Mrs. ISRAEL D. FINK, Chairman, UJA National Women's Division
the past 17 years has demon- ment of their support of the
The UJA's 25th anniversary—traditionally the Silver Anniversary—can indeed
strated how much can be ac- Allied Jewish Campaign. Indi-
complished by women because of rectly, because of their special be a shinino- one if we determine to make it so: It is important for us to review and
their compassion and determi- sensitivity to human suffering commemorate
b the past, but only as we use it to renew our strength and determination
nation to secure for those in and their desire to prevent or to move ahead in the future.
need, through no fault of their
Many women in our communities have been active in welfare and overseas aid
own, the good things of life calculable influence on the giv-
which they want for their own ing patterns of their husbands work in the last 25 years. But they have done even more. They have brought up
children—and grandchildren who are continuing in the great Jewish tradition of aid
families. During this time Jewish and children.
women in Detroit have given a
Yes, women have an important to others.
total of almost $10,000,000. This role to play in this community's
In 1963, and so long as men, women and children are in need of succor, the
is especially remarkable because support of the United Jewish women of our communities will be dedicated to the task of lighting their way to new
it represents essentially plus Appeal, and they play it proudly. lives in freedom and security.
"A Silver Anniversary"
A Salute to the Past...
A Reaffirmation of the Present...
A Rededication to the Future...
Thus we must view the historic 25th anniversary of the United
Jewish Appeal . . . in the light of the past, when we labored
to save lives, to establish homes for the homeless, to assist in
the redemption of Israel ; in recognition of our present status as
banner-bearers in the great cause of relief and rehabilitation ;
as the sharers of a great duty to the future, so that we may re-
dedicate ourselves to the sacred obligations of kinship with our
people everywhere and with our fellow-Jews in Israel.
May the commencement of another era for=
the United Jewish Appeal—and for the strong
supporting arm in Detroit—the Allied Jewish
Campaign bring glory to the People Israel
and lead .us towards an era of peace and
good will among men everywhere.