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March 14, 1975 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-03-14

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Boris Smolar's

'Between You
. . . and Me'

Mo'os Hitim Passover Appeal
More Urgent Than in Past

The annual Passover ap-
peal on behalf of needy De-
troit area Jews has been is-
sued by Morris Dorn,
president of Mo'os Hitim
Organization of Detroit, Inc.

that are incumbent upon
every Jew.
Until he has helped fulfill
the Passover needs of the in-
digent, a Jew cannot sit
down to his own seder.

Dorn, who with his wife
has headed the organization
Jewish causes go nowadays in the midst of the economic for the past 50 years, said
difficulties in the country? . . How does the United Jewish there is special need this
Appeal fare? . . .
year for funds to supply
As far as the UJA campaign is concerned, the results matzo, matzo products,
are not lower now as compared with previous years at this wine and cash for elderly
time. The giving does not, however, follow the pattern of Jews, refugee families and.
previous years. In some communities there is increased giv- others receiving state aid.
ing. But there are also decreases. They are evidenced among
certain categories of contributors who have been seriously
The state of the economy
affected by the present economic conditions.
has created a more urgent
Up until the beginning of this month, the UJA has need than ever before, ac-
raised in pledges more than $205 million for its 1975 drive. cording to Dorn.
This is somewhat higher than the total raised last year dur-
ing the same period. The cash collections are also higher.
Last year, some 500 indi-
During the months of December, January and. February, viduals and families — to-
the UJA collected more than $45 million, which is $6 million taling more than 2,000 per-
more than the cash raised during the same three months a sons — received such
year ago.
Passover assistance. A con-
The willingness to give is noticed everywhere, but with tribution to Mo'os Hitim is
some givers in the highest brackets there is a question of one of the mitzvot pertain-
ability to give as much as they would like to. With the eco
ing to Passover observance
nomic situation in Israel being what it is — devaluation of
currency followed by increase in taxes — the natural incli-
niation of many givers is to increase their contributions to
UJA.

The Dorns quote from
the Code of Jewish Law:
"The poor living in his
own town have precedence
over the poor of another
town for it is written
(Deut. 15:11) 'To thy
brother,, to thy poor and to
thy needy, in thy land.' "

Editor-in-Chief
Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)

CAMPAIGN CONCERNS: how does fund-raising for

* * *
THE BIG GIVERS: The big problem for UJA now is

those givers who previously contributed $1 million and
more. This year most of them haVe been affected by the
financial crisis.
When million-dollar contributions are reduced, the
UJA faces the necessity to find new contributors to make
up the difference. Attempts are being made to discover
American Jews who can afford to make substantial gifts
but who have been indifferent to Jewish causes. These at-
tempts are to a certain extent successful, but efforts are
still required to cover the loss of large donors.
On the whole, the UJA campaign is gaining more
"young blood."The impudence with which the Arab rulers
are now treating the democratic world, and especially the
Jewish world, has awakened many to sober thinking.
* * *
NEW SPIRIT: Leaders of the UJA report a new spirit
among givers. It developed after the Arabs made it clear
that their economic boycott is directed not only against Is-
rael, but against Jews all over the world.
American-born Jewish students and family members
who concentrated their interest on general problems and
, never thought in Jewish terms, are now beginning to see the
light. The Arab insolence of dictating terms even against
American Jews — affecting the careers of the younger Jew-
ish generation — has brought them "home," as did the fact
that democratic governments are putting business interests
above moral values and are surrendering to the Arab anti-
Jewish blackmail. They express their change of mind by
joining in UJA activities from which they had abstained.
As to the general moods among Jews in various com-
munities, UJA studies there established the following
facts: People are concerned over Israel's ability to weather
its economic problems; they are worried about the impact
of Arab oil money on the attitude of governments and big
industries toward Israel; they are disturbed about the senti-
ments in the non-Jewish world of people who had always
declared themselves as alleged friends of Israel and are now
showing signs of jumping on the Arab bandwagon for the
sake of the dollar.
These moods will be reflected during Passover in many
homes at the family seder, and in synagogues where ap-
peals for UJA will be made by rabbis and community lead-
ers. Passover appeals usually bring substantial funds to the
United Jewish Appeal.

In addition to servicing
needy families, the Mo'os
Hitim Organization sup-
plies state hospitals and
mental institutions with
Passover foods.
Contributions can be sent
to "Moies Chetim-Organiza-
tion of Detroit, Inc." care of
Morris Dorn, Cong. Beth Te-
filo Emanuel Tikva, 24225
Greenfield, Southfield
48075.

Parents Lecture
at Center Branch

The Jewish Community
Center and the junior divi-
sion of Northwest Child
Rescue Women will present
Dr. Fritz Redl in a parent
education lecture 8 p.m.
Thursday at the Center 10
Mile branch.

Dr. Redl, former Wayne
State University professor
and international authority
in the field of mental health
and child development, will
speak on "What Else We
Should Know in Order to
Raise Children." The public
is invited at a nominal
charge.

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