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American Fund for Israel Institutions Reports on Its Activities in Jewish State

Twelve hundred persons, paying $99 each, last night attended the third annual concert and supper of the American Fund for Israel Institutions at the Astor Hotel. The Fund, which maintains 99 cultural, educational and other projects in Israel, has been seeking to raise $2,318,000 in 1949 in the United States.

Edward A. Norman, president and founder of the Fund, reported that the 99 institutions receiving support from the Fund have been federated into a single campaign in this country, avoiding the conduct of separate and independent drives. Dr. Abraham Katznelson, member of the Israel delegation to the United Nations, acclaimed the American Fund “not only because it supplies money, but also because it tries to understand and interpret Israel to the United States.”

Participants in the concert included Marian Anderson, Isaac Stern and the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dmitri Mitropoulos. Among the 99 institutions supported by the Fund are the Habimah Theatre, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Opera Company and three art museums.