NEW YORK (May. 6)
The establishment of a colony for Jewish refugee children in Palestine with funds donated chiefly by American Christians was announced here today. The children’s colony will be called Freedom Village.
The stockholders of the Empire Ordnance Corporation and its affiliated companies are undertaking to maintain at least 100 refugee children in the new colony during the coming year. The education and maintenance of the children are to be under the direction of Youth Aliyah for two years. The Village will be unique in that it will serve as a vocational training center, preparing the children for work in a specific industry. The details of this arrangement are now being worked out in consultation with Palestine, and it is hoped that the industrial emphasis will serve a useful purpose in Palestine’s expanding economy. The Village is to be established on Jewish National Fund land redeemed by Hadassah.
Over $80,000 has already been contributed to cover the maintenance and education of the children as well as the cost of erecting buildings. Checks representing the greater part of the sums so far raised were turned over to Mrs. Edward Jacobs, honorary vice-president of Hadassah, at a dinner tendered by Mr. Frank Cohen to stockholders, friends and employees of the Empire Ordnance Corporation and its affiliates.