NEW YORK (May. 14)
David Ben Gurion, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, will be the guest of honor and principal speaker at the United Jewish Appeal’s extraordinary National Action Conference to be held in Chicago on May 26 and 27, it was announced today by Edward M.M. Warburg, U.J.A. general chairman.
The two-day conference will serve as a national third anniversary celebration of Israel’s independence, as a tribute by American Jewry to Mr. Ben Gurion’s leadership of the Jewish state, and as an emergency effort to plan the next steps for the rescue and transfer to Israel of tens of thousands of Jews from Rumania, Iraq, Libya and other parts of the world.
Determined to make the conference in Chicago the scene of one of the greatest tributes ever paid to a Jewish statesman, Jewish communities from coast-to-coast are assembling many millions of dollars in cash for presentation to Mr. Ben Gurion, it was revealed by communities, the U.J.A.’s national leadership held high hopes that the cash gift to be made to Mr. Ben Gurion would be one of the most notable ever presented to a leading Israeli figure.
Dr. Joseph Schwartz, U.J.A. executive vice-president, today made public a report showing that 30,202 Jews were moved from various countries to Israel during the month of April with the help of funds raised through the United Jewish Appeal. Of them, 21,472 were flown out of Iraq. A total of 80,000 Jews have been brought to Israel since the beginning of this year.