July 30, 2002
Aspen is so fortunate to have so many distinguished visitors pass through our community, enriching us culturally and politically.
It is important, however, to have the facts correctly stated in our papers, making sure misinformation is not disseminated.
In the July 24 article about Ehud Olmert, the mayor of Jerusalem visiting Aspen, we would like to correct the following:
The United Jewish Appeal has been in existence for more than 60 years through contributions. There is no membership, nor has there ever been “mandatory donations.” The July 30 event with the mayor of Jerusalem as keynote speaker has a minimum contribution of $500. There are many events each year at different minimum levels, and as with all charities, all gifts are greatly appreciated.
Jane Sherman, a personal friend of the mayor, made all of the arrangements for the mayor’s visit, and Gloria Scharlin is graciously hosting the event.
UJA funds go to humanitarian aid, such as rescue and resettlement, social services and, most recently, terror relief, through the Israel Emergency Fund. Helping people being persecuted in other countries relocate to safe havens is also a part of the mission, but is not the “primary” mandate for the UJA appeal.
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The event has drawn a full-house attendance, and promises to be informative and inspiring.
Co-chairs, UJA/Aspen Valley Campaign