Joint Distribution Committee Signs Agreement to Give Ort $1,300,000 in 1950

Announcement of the signing of an agreement under which $1,300,000 will be provided by the Joint Distribution Committee in 1950 to ORT, principal agency offering vocational training to Jews overseas, was made today. The agreement provides that $200,000 of the sum will be furnished by the J.D.C. in local currency to ORT in Poland for its work in that country.

The agreement was signed yesterday by George Backer, Dr. David Lvovitch and Dr. Aron Syngalowski, representing ORT, and Moses A. Leavitt, executive vice-chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee at J.D.C, headquarters here. Mr. Backer is president of the American ORT Federation, and Drs. Lvovitch and Syngalowski are co-chairmen of the executive committee of the World ORT Union.

Under the terms of the agreement, ORT will not conduct an independent fundraising campaign in the United States. The J.D.C. will provide ORT with the principal finances required for that organization’s overseas programs in Europe and North Africa, from funds it will receive from the campaign of the United Jewish Appeal. Similar agreements between the J.D.C. and the ORT were reached in 1947, 1948 and 1949.

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