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December 04, 1981 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-12-04

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Friday, December 4, 1981


AJCampaign Starts Cash Collection Drive


Spokesmen for the Allied
Jewish Campaign - Israel
Emergency Fund are join-
ing forces with United
Jewish Appeal leaders
nationwide in urging indi-
viduals to pay off their cam-
paign pledges before the end
of this year and, if possible,
to make advance cash pay-
ments on their 1982 gifts.
Severe cuts in Jewish
Agency programs and serv-
ices in Israel are expected to
continue unless cash collec-
tion efforts accelerate, ac-
cording to the UJA Na-
tional Cash Campaign.
While the 1981 campaign
in the United States will
achieve a second successive
peacetime record of $550
million in pledges, income

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to the Agency has been un-
even and the year's total
will not fully meet the need,
said spokesmen. The
Agency has been forced to
cut its budget across the
board and borrow $81 mil-
lion, affecting programs for
many segments of Israeli
Louis Berry, chairman
of Federation's Cash
Mobilization Committee,
said the need for cash has
never been greater than
it is currently. "It's a real
problem," he said. "De-
troit is committed to mak-
ing a $775,000 payment
each month to the United
Jewish Appeal, plus the
money we need for local
causes. The lagging pay-


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ment of pledges can make
for a cash crisis."
Jay M. Kogan and Joel D.
Tauber, 1982 Campaign
general chairmen, also have
called for prompt payment
of Campaign pledges and
future gifts.
"There will be no alterna-
tive to cutting back on the
programs and services we
offer through our Federa-
tion member agencies with-
out a greater cash flow,"
said Kogan. He noted that
the coming reduction in
government spending for
community welfare services
also jeopardizes many exist-
ing programs in the Jewish
Tauber agreed that the
need for cash is critical now
for maintaining the level of
assistance previously of-
fered to the UJA's be-
neficiaries around the
world. At the same time, he
pointed out that Americans
making cash contributions
to charities before the end of
this year can realize sig-
nificant tax advantages
under the new Economic

Recovery Act of 1981.
Generally speaking,
charitable gifts made this
year will generate
greater tax savings at all
income levels than those
made beginning next
year and beyond. For an
individual in the highest
tax bracket, the after-tax
cost of a cash gift to char-
ity in 1981, when the
highest tax bracket is 70
percent, is only 30 cents
for every dollar contri
uted. The after-tax cost
a cash gift in 1982, when
the highest tax rate- will
be 50 percent, will be 50
cents for every dollar
Donors are advised to
consult with their own legal
and tax advisers to deter-
mine how the new tax law
relates to their needs and
how it may be utilized to ad-
For information on the
need to make cash contribu-
tions now, contact the
United Jewish Charities,


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country — and throughout the world — knows about the
magnificent record of the Joint Distribution Committee in
providing relief and rehabilitation to needy Jewish com-
munities overseas. Many also know of the tremendous role
played by JDC in rebuilding Jewish communities de-
stroyed by the Nazis during the occupation years. However,
very few Jews in the United States are aware of the impres-
sive assistance given by JDC to Jewish education in many
To get an idea of the scope of the JDC involvement in
Jewish education in Israel, Europe, North Africa and Latin
America it is sufficient to note that one-fourth of its total
budget of more than $40 million this year was allocated for
formal education in primary, secondary, religious and
vocational schools. Additional funds were allocated for in-
formal education in community centers and youth centers.
JDC leadership is coming to the 67th annual meeting
of the agency — to be held in New York oh Wednesday —
with a detailed report showing that Jewish education has
always been given high priority in the JDC overall pro-
gram, and that JDC always considered Jewish education of
children a keystone to Jewish continuity.
The JDC record of supporting Jewish education goes
back to the formative years of the agency. Its first act of
providing relief was in sending funds to Palestine when
World War I broke out in 1914. The yeshivot there were cut
off from the financial aid they had received for decades from
Jewish religious groups in Europe.
ted to Jewish education as an integral part of its mandate,
JDC is now considering a recommendation to establish a
permanent Jewish Education Committee to serve as a con-
tinuing advocate for Jewish education within its structure.
These and' other recommendations are the product of
Jewish education study conducted by. a JDC committee
under the chairmanship of Stephen Shalom, a JDC vice
president known for his deep interest in Jewish education.
The report suggests a re-ordering of priorities, with larger
appropriations for education in countries outside of Israel
where assimilation and intermarriage are very high.
Schools are now being supported by JDC with global
allocations to ORT and to the Alliance Israelite Universe-
lle, as well as to -the Lubavitch movement and Ozar
Hatorah. ORT operates 700 schools in Israel, France and
Argentina, providing Jewish youngsters with vocational
education. The Alliance Israelite maintains schools in
France, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, and Syria. The Lubavitch
movement conducts educational programs in France,
Morocco, Tunisia and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in
Morocco. Ozar Hatorah provides religious, secular and
vocational education in 75 schools in France and Morocco.

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