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Friday. December 3, 1954
The Southern Jewish Weekly
•mMntog The Jewish Journal, The Jewish Citizen and The Jewish News
4a Independent Paper Serving American Citizens of Jewish Faith
ftote newspaper seeks to serve the Jewish communities of the South with
un ORTHODOX conscience, a CONSERVATIVE tone, and a REFORM outlook.
Edited and Published by ISADORE MOSCOVITZ. B.S.J.
Subscription, one year $3.00; two years, $5.00.
Upon expiration, unless notified to the contrary,
subscriptions are continued.
Entered as Second-Class Matter, at the Post Office,
Jacksonville, Florida, Under Act of March 3, 1879
Member, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Sigma Delta Chi, Kappa Tau Alpha,
•even Arts Features and the Chamber of Commerce.
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The Oldest and Most Widely Circulated Jewish Publication
in this Territory”
The Farms I Saw in Israel
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country's amazing progress in agriculture and its program for
future development in this sphere.
Since the establishment of the State of Israel, in May,
1948, 520 agricultural settlements were founded by the Jew
ish Agency. In the same period, more than 120,000 immigrants
and 25,000 older citizens were settled on the land. The nation’s
agricultural population has grown from less than 140,000 in
1948, to more than 280,000. The total area of land under culti
vation has been increased, in six years, from 750,000 dunam
(one dunam equals 1/4 acre) to over 3,500,000 dunam.
This broadly, is ihe picture of Israel's agricultural de
velopment to date. The achievements have been many. The
goal of agricultural self-sufficiency is being approached. In a
few instances milk production, vegetables and some other
crops it has already been attained.
Since 1952, Israel’s agriculture has been changing gradual
ly from the so-called mixed farming, (i. e. vegetables, dairy
and poultry) to field crops such as oil seeds, potatoes, sugar
beets, tobacco, cotton and citrus fruits. The latter has in
creased from 12,000 dunams in 1953 to 15,000 in 1954. Potatoes
and peanuts have jumped from 9,600 to 20,000 dunams and
8,000 to 30,000 dunams respectively in the same period. Cotton,
which was not produced at all in 1953, covered 3,500 dunams
in 1954. The cotton yield in Israel is 880 pounds per dunam,
double the yield per dunam in Egypt which is one of the
oldest and largest cotton producers in the world.
The colonization program for 1955 calls for the settlement
of 4.000 families on the land. Os these families, 3,000 will be
new immigrants from North Africa, or half the number of
immigrant families expected from that area in the next
twelve months. About 1.000 immigrant families will be ab
sorbed in 38 existing settlements where housing plots and
additional culiivateable lands are available. The balance will
be settled in two regions which are, only now, being opened
for colonization.
In talking with some of the farmers we visited we learned
that irrigation is the biggest problem. We visited Ashkelon
which has the largest pipe factory in the Middle East, and
one of the world’s most outstanding. From pipes made here
a 70-mile long Yarkon-Negev pipeline is being built and will
be completed in July, 1955. This will help solve Israel’s water
needs and should be a great spurt in the productivity of the
country’s farming.
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Ever since I returned from Israel
I've wapied to write something about
the farms I saw there. Those who
know me understand that my interest
in farming is limited to the food I
have on my table, yet I've heard so
much talk about Israel's economic dif
ficulties being based on her lack of
talent for farming and an unwilling
ness of the people to go on the land
since they preferred to engage in busi
ness instead of agriculture, that I feel
it my duty to call attention to the
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New York 36. N. Y.
November 26, 1954
Mr. Isadore Moscovitz
The Southern Jewish Weekly
P. O. Box 5586
Jacksonville, Fla.
Dear Mr. Moscovitz:
The United Jewish Appeal will
hold its Annual National Confer
ence on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, December 10, 11 and 12
at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in
New r York.
With an attendance of more
than 1,200 delegates representing
principal cities throughout the
United states, the Conference will
set the stage for the UJA’s 1955
nationwide campaign, which will
come as the seventeenth annual
drive in behalf of Israel, and dis
tressed and refugee Jews in other
parts of the world.
The Conference will consider in
detail the 1955 budgetary require
ments of the Appeal’s constituent
agencies, which, are the United
Israel Appeal, Joint Distribution
Committee and New York Asso
ciation for New Americans; assess
a special report by a 35-member
UJA Study Mission which recent
ly visited Europe, Israel and
North Africa for an on-the-spot
survey of needs to be met in the
coming year; adopt a financial
goal for the 1955 drive, and elect
officers for the forthcoming cam
In addition, the delegates will
hear from a number of outstand
ing personalities in American, Is
raeli and Jewish community af
fairs, among them Bruce McDan
iel, former director of the United
States Foreign Operations Mission
to Israel; Israel Finance Minister
Levi Eshkol; Israel Ambassador to
the United States Abba S. Eban;
Edward M. M. Warburg, General
Chairman of the UJA; Moses W.
Beekelman, Director-General of
the Joint Distribution Committee,
and others.
In view of the bearing the Con
ference will have on the size and
scope of your community cam
paign, and in view of the fact that
delegates from your area will be
participating, may we ask your
fullest cooperation in giving our
pre-a n d-post-conference stories
your highest page one priority.
Needless to say, we welcome-your
personal attendance and coverage,
and hope that you can be with us.
May we take this opportunity
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standing among governments does American Jewry great
honor, and its record of forty years of aid to needy Jewish
communities abroad is an achievement of which American
Jews can be proud ... Today, there are hundreds of thousands
of Jews in many countries throughout the world who, in one
way or another, have been assisted by the JDC . . . And in
Israel one finds many thousands of Jews who owe their very
lives to the JDC ... These are the Jews whom the JDC helped
reach Palestine during the years of “illegal” immigration
when Jews were in danger of perishing in Europe . . . These
Jews, who are today Israelis, bless the names of Edward M. M.
Warburg and Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz as their saviours ... So
do the Yemenite Jews who had never heard of tfce JDC until
they were brought enmass by JDC-chartered airplanes to
Israel . . . From China to Persia, from Argentina and Brazil
to Morocco and Tunis, from Portugal to the very borders of
the Iron Curtain countries, the JDC is today trying to alleviate
Jewish misery . . . And in Israel it does a tremendous job in
rehabilitation aid for the aged and the physically handicapped,
making many of them self-supporting . . . And the remarkable
thing is, that with all its worldwide activities, the JDC seeks
less publicity than many of the Jewish organizations in the
United States which have no such rich record to show ... In
fact, JDC leaders have an aversion to publicity ... To them
the actual work is the important thing, and not the noise about
the work . . . This explains perhaps why the JDC has until
now not had its history published .. . However, the history of
the JDC is to a very great extent the history of the contribu
ion which American Jewry has made to the welfare of the
Jews throughout the world . . And in this respect the JDC
owes it to American Jewry to immortalize its record, so that
future generations of Jews in this country should be as proud
of the JDC spirit as their parents are today .. .
to express our appreciation for
your past kind cooperation with,
and coverage of, the United Jew
ish Appeal.
Sincerely yours,
Raphael Levy
Director of Publicity
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The Joint Distribution Committee, which is
now celebrating the 40th year of its existence,
is doing itself a great injustice by not writing
its own history . . . The forty years of JDC
activities have left an indelible mark on the
contemporary history of world Jewry ... In
fact, the JDC is today, even in the non-Jewish
world, the second largest relief organization
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