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February 15, 1974 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-02-15

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mericans in Jewish Jtate • • • :Mirathropy, investments,
Volunteerism • • • • sources of Kinship that Sustain Israel

(Continued from Page 1)
funds raised from other sec-
tions of world Jewry.
That is why a delegation
fro'm Israel Bonds or the
United Jewish Appeal, or
from any other element in
Jewry, must concern itself
with the work of the Joint
Distribution Committee, UJA,
ORT, Hadassah, the Zionist
movement. -
JDC's many installations,
the aid to the elederly, the
assistance given for youth
activities,, integration of new
immigrants which would be
weakened without JDC and
ORT aid, the schooling pro-
vided—the philanthropic val-
ues of our monetary assist-
ance is so immense that the
social services in Israel will
be subjects for deep studies
and voluminous publications
not only for this generation
but for those to come.
American assistance to Is-
rael is inseparable from the
obligations of the Israelis
themselves. Their costs of
caring for the many welfare
and educational needs are
mounting. That is why the
philanthropic dollar is signif-
icant—as means of reducing
governmental duties to hos-
pitals, *child care agencies,
schools, etc. The acting chair-
man of the Jewish Agency for
Israel, Leon Dulzin, summar-
ized the seriousness of exist-
ing budgetary problems when
he met here with a delega-
tion from the English-Jewish
press. He spoke of Israel
Bonds assisting in developing
agricultural and industrial
undertakings and of road
building and other projects,
of the Jewish Agency monies
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addition to aid for function- factories. They offered them- drives are being conducted
ing Israeli agencies. He then . selves for any work. We see but pointed to a slowing of
outlined Israel's new burdens in this a great achievement, momentum elsewhere. He
by quoting these figures in and we have decided to es- stated:
"We are facing a very 'ser-
Israeli pounds (an Israel tabliSh a permanent voluntary
service for Israel, and this is ious problem in the United
pound is worth 24 cents):
States, in the larger commun-
"The regular Israel budget one of the new things that ities. The smaller communi-
of 1973-74 which was IL 21.8 will be coming out, and to ties, the middle sized ones,
billion will come up to IL 38 extend it for even more than all have done very well, and
billion, an increase of IL 17 six months, for a year or even larger communities like
billion, an increase of 80 per more, and we will begin note Cleveland have done very
cent. Last week the Knesset with a drive throughout the well, as has Detroit, but our
approved a supplementary world by asking communities main problems are Chicago,
budget of 1973-74 of another to take over the responsibili-
New York, Los Angeles, Phil-
IL 12 billion for a total of IL ties for a certain quota, for adelphia, where we don't
33.8 billion. Our material loss- service in Israel. I think it reach most of the Jews. Still,
es during the war were ap- is great for Israel and we
proximately IL 30 billion, and believe it is also great for the we do believe that the UJA
campaign, by special effort
our losses in our economy of communities. Those who will
which is being made, will
IL 5.5 billion, which means remain. will remain. Those
that most of our people were who will come back will cer- probably come up with ap-
mobilized, our production tainly be the emissaries for proximately 80 per cent of
went down and of course our Israel, so we have decided the goal which we have set."
Emphasis in Dulzin's ap-
exports went down. Those this week in our sessions to
were losses due to the fact see that voluntary service as peal for continuing and in-
that we didn't have enough a permanent work for mobil- creased UJA and Bond sup-
manpower during the war izing volunteers for Israel." port for Israel was on prompt
For a full understanding of payment of pledges on gifts
and many of our people are
the existing needs, it is vital and purchases. "The need is
still mobilized.
so great and American Jew-
"The burden on the popu- that the facts given by Dul- ry is so responsive—we need
zin
should
be
known
and
un-
lation from October till now
your help and are grateful
was in the amount of over derstood.
The wisdom in the selection for it, he commented.
$2 billion. There is a compul-
(Paul Zuckerman, national
sory loan of IL 500,000,000; a of Dulzin for the major Jew-
UJA
chairman, who was in
ish
public
service
role
in
the
voluntary loan of IL 1.5 bil-
lion; taxation on imports and world became apparent also Israel for meetings of UJA
Agency, host-
purchase tax of another IL in his tackling of another ser- and the Jewish
1.7 billion; the abolition of ious- challenge. Is the fund- ed a reception for the Jew-
subsidies, IL 1.2 billion and raising to be endless or will ish editors, at the Dan Hotel,
the increase in price of oil it diminish with time? Hon-
affects Israel by IL 2.6 bil- est handling of the question
was in evidence when Dulzin
lion."
Unless these figures are stated frankly:
"In the next 25 years we
known, it becomes nigh im-
possible to measure up to the must become a state of seven
needs in seeking means of or eight 'million people. This
assisting Israel in a time of is the very essence of the
existence of the state of Is-
serious crisis.
Can world Jewry be helpful rael. As long as Jews contin-
with volunteers? Dulzin gave ue to move to Israel-1 be-
the desired definition when lieve that hundreds of thous-
ands will come from Soviet
he explained:
Russia, perhaps a million or
"We have in Israel about a million and a half; perhaps
5,000 volunteers. In 1967, we we will have Jews coming
had about 7,000 volunteers. from different countries and
There were some unpleasant for different reasons — some
experiences. Many young- of them out of need. some
sters came out of some kind out of their good will. We will
of adventure, some thought need a lot of money from the
they would come for a week Jewish people because - when
or 10 days, save Israel . . . we won't need money from
the purpose, was probably ex- the Jewish people it will be
cellent. As a matter of fact, because. there won't be any
of the 7.000 about 2,500 re- Jews who want to come or
mained here as olim (set- have to come to Israel.
tlers), but we had a great
"I don't see it as a burden.
difficulty with a few thous-
and. It was a time of drugs I see it as a prospect of a
great aliya in the coming
and hippies.
"This time, almost 50,000 years, and in decades to come
youngsters registered to vol- it will process a great drama
unteer during the war, an for the Jewish people."
enormous amount from all
That's proper leadership:
over the world. In New York to be frank! False hopes lead
City alone, we had about to disillusionment. Good lea-
10,000 who registered, direct- dership is based on the sort
ly or by telephone calls. We of frankness demonstrated by
decided to put it this time on Dulzin. His pragmatism and
a more serious basis.
ability will undoubtedly lead
"First of all, we asked who- to his retention in his present
ever wanted to come to pay post as head of the Jewish
his traveling expenses him- Agency, in spite of quests for
self, then be ready for a min- power and control from the
imum of six months' work. party whence previous JA
Everybody had to go through heads had emerged.
a physical and psychiatric
The philanthropic needs for
exam and serious scrutiny.
Israel will grow rather than
"The 5,000 who are here are diminish. World Jewry must
actually a wonderful element. face up to them.
There are about 1,600• from
In his review of fund-rais-
the United States and the
second largest group is from ing activities in American
England. They are an excel- Jewish communities, Dulzin
lent element. We have many indicated the need for more
intellectuals, professionals extensive activities. He listed
who are milking cows in the Detroit among the already-
kibutzim or working in the successful cities in which

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