Four-day Planning Conference for Israel Opens Today in Washington; 1,200 Leaders Attend

Jewish community leaders from all parts of the country began arriving here today to participate in the four-day National Planning Conference for Israel and Jewish Rehabilitation, which opens tomorrow at the Statler Hotel.

The conference will open with a session of its stearing committee at which Eliezer Kaplan, Israel Minister of Finance, will present a comprehensive picture of the economic and financial needs of the Jewish state. The 280-man steering committee will then discuss Mr. Kaplan’s report, and bring its conclusions to the general session which will be attended by more than 1,200 delegates and representatives of all major Jewish communities and organizations in the United States.

The major aim of the conference is to formulate a three-year plan of American financial assistance to Israel. Under this plan, an additional 600,000 Jews will be brought to and settled in the Jewish state. Leaders of the conference emphasized today that for the first time since the establishment of the Jewish state, all segments of organized Jewish communal life in the United States are participating in a combined effort to blueprint a united program for the future development of Israel.

One of the major topics of discussion of the conference will be the United Jewish Appeal and its extraordinary importance in terms of free dollars for Israel’s needs. The conference will also discuss the question of securing intergovernmental aid to the Jewish state and of launching an Israel loan campaign among Jews in this country. Attention will be paid also to the problem of stimulating private capital investment in Israel.

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