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December 20, 1963 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-12-20

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Friday, December 20, 1963—THE DETROIT JEW ISH NEWS-32

Higher Goal Sought or Overseas

(Continued from Page 1)
educational p r o g r am under
for increased efforts for the which, since 1950, the Federa-

UJA. Fisher, who in the ab-
sence from the city of Judge
Theodore Levin, chairman of the
Federation executive committee,
reported on conditions overseas
and on the current UJA needs,
declared that "our obligations
will not end until every Jew
can live in dignity and in re-
spect." He declared: "Our duty
to the UJA is • paramount. We
have not done our full duty to
the great fund and we must
take a fresh look at our obli-
gations."
Safran, who described the
budgeting processes as "a phil-
osophy in Jewish life," said
there is "a feeling of frustra-
tion when we begin to measure
the magnitude of our needs with
the shortage of material means
made available to us." Assert-
ing that none of the needs,
whether for overseas or local
and national causes, have been
met fully, he urged re-evaluation
of all activities with the aim
in view of securing the funds
needed to meet all emergencies.

Charles H. Gershenson, the
1963 chairman of the Allied
Jewish Campaign, who is ex-
pected again to assume that
responsibility in 1964, joined
in issuing a call to action
by declaring that "we do not
want to raise less than $5,-
000,000 in 1964." He declared
that it would be unrealistic
and unwise to start with any
other premise. Expressing sat-
isfaction over a change in cam-
paign trends which resulted
in 2,000 more contributors
having been enrolled last year
than in the previous three
years, Gershenson said there
was cause for optimism that
the 1964 campaign will mark
new achievements. He took
occasion to congratulate Max
M. Fisher on his selection as
the national associate general
UJA chairman fOr the coining
year.

William Avrunin, associate ex-
ecutive director of the Federa-
tion, outlined the campaign ob-
jectives, and Isidore Sobeloff,
the Federation's executive vice
president, reviewed some of the
campaign attainments and the
experiences of the past year.

Overseas Needs
In his report on Israel and

overseas needs, Fisher described
the major role of UJA. He
pointed out that the allocation
to UJA of $2,092,000 was the
smallest since 1947. He called
for "higher priority for the pro-
grams of rescue and freedom
aiid the restoration of dignity.
We all appreciate that the prob-
lem cannot be solved merely by
a greater percentage of our
available funds, important as
this is. We must meet it with
greater generosity as well. As
a minimum we must maintain
for overseas the percentage of
the funds raised—and beyond
that we surely need to raise a
substantially greater total sum.
These men, women and children
crying out for help are our own

people. We must hear them arid

respond accordingly."
Fisher told of the vast num-
bers of refugees who must be
helped. He described the role
of the Jewish Agency in these
efforts, told of the hundreds of
thousands who look to UJA for
assistance and referred to the
"human terms" of the Joint Dis-
tribution activities among expa-
triates and homeless in many
lands.

Status of Education

Reporting for the education
division, of which he is co-
chairman with Louis LaMed, Dr.
Norman Drachler said that Fed-
eration last year allocated to
local Jewish schools the sum of
$468,879. He said ten local syn-
agogues are associated in the

elief

tion has established the princi-
ple of a communal school under
the aegis of the United Hebrew
Schools, which now has a net-
work of 16 communal schools.
Dr. Drachler's report pointed
out that "Jewish education is a
most important bulwark against
assimilation, and a most valu-
able force for the healthy sur-
vival of our community."
His report emphasized that
the schools now are aiming at
serving the quality of learning,
and he said that qualitative im-
provements are sought in areas
of tutoring and remedial pro-
grams for late starters among
the children, guidance and schol-
arship programs to reduce drop-
outs and an expanded program
to raise instructional standards.
Dr. Drachler said the United
Hebrew Schools will need an ad-
ditional $40,000 next year to
Major narticipants in Sunday's budgeting Ham Avrunin; standing, Samuel S. Greenberg,
meet the increased costs of op- conference of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Stanley Winkelman, Charles Gershenson, Dr.
eration and to provide for the Detroit were, from the left: Seated, Alan E. Norman Drachler, Louis LaMed, Louis Tabash-
improvements contemplated. He Schwartz, Max M. Fisher, Hyman Safran, Wil- nik and Samuel J. Greenberg.
appealed also for increased al-
locations for national educa- almost $150,000. These- include Appeal is not a conduit organi- ible as heretofore."
tional and cultural agencies.
additions to the Library and Ad- zation, since its beneficiaries
"The American Committee for
Health-Welfare Programs
ministrative office of the United control the use of funds through the Weizmann Institute of Sci-
Alan E. Schwartz- reported for Hebrew Schools, additions to the boards made up of American ence has received from the In-
the health and welfare division, Hebrew Schools garage, finishing citizens."
ternal Revenue Service a spe-
indicating that operating bud- of the lower floor offices at the
"The rules for deductibility cific favorable ruling of recent
gets for 12 agencies are in ex- JFCS, improvement of the just publicly announced by the date," Mr. Boukstein continued.
cess of $3,750,000; that the Sinai Brighton and Tamarack sites of Internal Revenue Service have "This ruling was granted in
Hospital costs to the community Camp Tamarack.
already been applied by it to the light of the criteria announced
include only staff bed and re-
"A tentative facility to pro- United Jewish Appeal, and the by the Internal Revenue Service
search programs. Health and vide for a Hebrew speaking unit Service has ruled that the UJA in its recent general ruling,
welfare services will need $696,- at Tamarack had been in the meets these requirements. There which criteria the Internal Reve-
772, he reported, to handle 605 planning stage for several years is therefore no question about nue Service had, in practice,
cases a month through Jewish and was refereed by our Com- the tax deductibility of contri- been following in recent years."
Family and Children's Service, mittee a year ago. $4,800 was butions to the United Jewish $815,000 Bequeathed By
305 infirm aged monthly at the finally approved for this program Appeal," the UJA statement Lehman For Charitable
Home for Aged, the special pro- in 1963-64. This is a cooperative stressed.
and Cultural Causes
(In Washington, Internal Rev-
grams at the Jewish Community program between the Hebrew
NEW YORK, (JTA)—Eleven
Center, 40,000 visits anticipated Schools and the Camp which enue officials said that the rul- organizations and institutions,
ing
did not represent a reversal most of them Jewish, were be-
at the Sinai Hospital Shiffman holds great promise for the de-
Clinic, the Fresh Air Society velopment of our communal Jew- of policy as such. They said that queathed a total of $815,000 in
camp programs, the Vocational ish education. In spite of our the agency had been making the will of the late Governor
Service and Community Work- financial limitations we must rulings along this line, upon re- Herbert H. Lehman, which was
shop activities, the Hebrew Free hope that this Jewish education quest from individual charitable filed for probate here. Mr. Leh-
Loan interest-free loans and the demonstration will work suc- organizations for about five man died at the age of 85 on
expected 20 refugees families to cessfully even though we know years. The number of requests Dec. 5.
The largest amount, $300,000,
be settled here.
that if it does this will involve for individual rulings became so
Many unmet needs were out- considerably more capital funds large, they said, that they de- will go to the Edith and Herbert
cided to issue a general ruling.) Lehman Foundation, a charity
lined by Schwartz who said that in the future."
The ruling published by the trust established by Mr. and
an additional $17,298 will be re-
Supplementing the education Internal
Revenue Service in Mrs. Lehman. The Federation of
quested for 1964-65.
division report, David Safran, Washington
concerning the
Conmntnity Relations
president of the United Hebrew deductibility for income tax Jewish Philanthropies of New
York is to receive $100,000. Be-
Samuel S. Greenberg, report- Schools, said:
purposes of contributions quests of $50,000 each - were
ing for the community relations
"Our duty is to plan for a
made to American philanthro- made to Mount Sinai Hospital,
division, expressed satisfaction more successful future. It is
pic organizations for their Br and e i s University, Jewish
over the "most harmonious saddening that plans for im-
activities abroad does not ad- Theological Seminary, Henry
working relationship with the provements have met with ob-
versely affect the tax exempt Street Settlement, the American
Jewish Community Council," and stacles. It is regrettable that
status of, or the deductibility Jewish Committee, the Jewish
gratification that "our Council this body emphasizes the pres-
of contributions made to the Guild for the Blind, the Play
in its ongoing and projected pro- ent too much and the future
American Committee for the School Association and Williams
gram has moved away from the too little." He described the
Weizmann Institute of Sci- College. Recordings for the Blind
concept of 'defense' onto affir- financial difficulties faced by
ence, it was announced by is to receive $15,000.
mative and positive program- the United Hebrew Schools,
Maurice M. Boukstein, vice-
In addition, 32 works of art
ming." He said the Council pointed to essential items in
president and counsel of the are to be distributed among
plans to ask additional funds for its budgeting and said the
Committee. He emphasized charitable organizations to be
professional staff. He added:
schools could spend an addi-
that contributions to the Com- named by the executors of Mr.
"In 1963 a total of $101,365 tional $100,000 next year "and
mittee "continue to be deduct- Lehman's estate.
was allocated to the Jewish Com- show that it is an excellent
munity Council and $126,740 to investment."
the national community rela-
Participants in the discussions
tions agencies. Based on pres- that followed the reports in-
ent knowledge of the Council cluded Abraham Srere, Rabbi
and of national agencies, - we Joshua S. Sperka, Avern Cohn,
recommend that the pre-cam- Benjamin Laikin, Nathan Siegel,
Red Cross authorities in Gen- Israel army ambulances carried
paign budget formula provide Harry Madison and others.
eva have declared the inter- a red cross during the Sinai
for at least the same level as IRS Rules UJA Gifts
national organization will not War, and that Israeli volunteer
in 1963-64 if the same level To Be Tax-Deductible
NEW YORK, (JTA) — The admit Israel as a full member doctors and nurses in the Congo
campaign achievement is main-
United Jewish Appeal announc- as long as the Jewish state wore badges with the red cross
tained."
ed that the Internal Revenue refuses to recognize the Red emblem.
Capital Needs
For seven consecutive years, Service has ruled that contribu- Cross emblem.
But despite Red Cross insist-
$400,000 a year was allocated tions made to the UJA are and
Israel's counterpart organiza- ance that its emblem has no
for expansions in the capital continue to be tax - deductible tion, Magen David Adorn (the religious significance, several
needs area, Louis Tabashnik re- under the ruling made Dec. 9 Red Shield of David), seeks ex- Moslem states have adopted the
ported for the capital needs com- relating to charitable funds used ception to the rule. An Inter- red crescent, dating back to
national Red Cross delegation Turkey's war with Russia when
mittee. This sum was dropped abroad.
In making this announcement, is expected to visit Israel in an the red cross sign was offensive
to $250,800 in 1963 and the cur-
to Moslem soldiers.
rent year commenced with a defi- Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman, ex- effort to settle the dispute.
And though the Red Cross
cit. He urged new provisions ecutive vice-chairman of the
Spokesmen
of
the
world-
to meet requirements for major UJA, emphasized that "the In- wide group conversely do not has made many moves since for
replacements, to provide addi- ternal Revenue Service approval recognize the Red Shield of return to a single emblem, the
covers contributions by indivi-
Moslem states are allowed to
tions to present facilities and duals,
David as a national emblem of
retain membership while keep-
to reserve a reasonable sum for tions." corporations and founda- an affiliated body.
ing their own designs, includ-
a central share of major proj-
An official said that in event ing Iran's red lion and sun.
"The ruling," the UJA execu-
ects in years to come.
tive head said, "has reference to of conflict with the Arabs it
Editor's . Note: The Red
Capital- facilities, he said, are so-called 'conduit' organizations
would be too dangerous to use Cross story in relation to the
modestly appraised at $16,000,- where funds are raised for over- the Magen David Adom, "which Magen David Adorn was told
000. He reported:
seas philanthropies without con- would not - be respected by the in a special article in the
"Some $50,000 was allocated trol over these funds by Ameri- other side."
Aug. 23, 1963, issue of The
for approved projects totalling can citizens. The United Jewish
It was also pointed out that Jewish News.

Red Cross Bars Magen David
Adorn for Rejecting Emblem

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