French Hail 75th Year of Alliance
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French Hail 75th Year of Alliance

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The seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Alliance Israelite Universelle was celebrated here yesterday with a huge garden fete at which delegates from many countries participated.

Organized in 1860 for the protection and improvement of the Jews in all countries, the Alliance has devoted its activities chiefly to the interests of the Jewish communities in Eastern Europe, North Africa and Asia Minor. It now maintains more than 150 educatoinal institutions in various countries.

Cooperating with the Board of Jewish Deputies in London, and keeping contact with the American Jewish Committee in New York, the Alliance is fighting for equal rights for the Jews in all countries where there is Jewish oppression.


The present agitation for the employment of Jews in agriculture was early anticipated by the Alliance. At a time when no one thought of such a demand, the Alliance established a complete School of Agriculture in Palestine now known as the Mikveh Israel Agricultural Institute. The Mikveh Israel school was established in 1870 and became the foster mother of the first colonies in Palestine. The Alliance has also developed Jewish farm schools in Tunis, Algeria and Egypt.

The Alliance Israelite Universelle was established seventy-five years ago by six leading Jews of Paris. Repeated attacks upon the Jews by fanatical sects of various denominations stimulated the establishment of this organization. The program of the Alliance formulates the aims of the society as follows:

1. To work everywhere for the emancipation and moral progress of the Jews.

2. To give effectual support to those who are suffering persecution because they are Jews.

3. To encourage all publications calcul##ed to promote these aims.

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