JERUSALEM (Sep. 3)
Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of the Israeli Parliament, was elected chairman of the Zionist Actions Committee at an organization meeting of the 75-man body here during the week-end. The Zionist Actions Committee is the supreme legislative body of the World Zionist movement between sessions of the World Zionist Congress.
The Actions Committee elected a 14-man presidium composed of Mr. Sprinzak, Rahel Shazar, Anshel Reiss, Louis Segal of New York and Mordecai Namir, Labor Zionists; Avraham Edelstein, Mrs. Judith Epstein of New York, Rev. J.K. Goldbloom and Ernest Marton, General Zionists; A.L. Gelman of New York, and Rabbi Neufeld, Mizrachi Workers; Israel Bar-Yehuda and Yaakov Amih, Mapam; Dr. S. Yunichman, Herut-Revisionists.
The newly elected Jewish Agency executive today began meeting on a number of problems assigned it by the 23rd World Zionist Congress, which concluded here last week. The first order of business was a budget of 49,000,000 pounds ($137,000,000) for the Jewish calendar year (beginning October 1 this year). This compares with about $120,000,000 budgeted last year. A special sub-committee was appointed to study the budget and report to a session of the executive scheduled for next Monday.
The new executive is composed of Berl Locker and Dr. Nahum Goldmann, co-chairman, and of the following members: Benjamin Browdy, Dr. Israel Goldstein, General Zionists; Hayim Greenberg, Baruch Zuckerman, Zionist Laborites; Rose Halprin, Hadassah; Zvi Lourie, Mapam; Dr. Emanuel Neuman, General Zionist, David Intrilligator, Mizrachi Laborite; Levi Eshkol, Mapai; Yehuda Braginsky, Mapam; Rabbi Wolf Gold, Mizrachi; Eliahu Dobkin, Mapai; Zvi Herman, Progressive; George Josephthal, Mapai; Moshe Kol, Progressive; Itzhak Raphael, Hapoel Hamizrachi; Zalman Shazar, Mapai. Melech Noy, Mapai, and Nahum Nir, Mapam, were named deputies.
Dr. Abraham Granott, world president of the Jewish National Fund, met here today with leaders of the J.N.F. in 15 countries to confer on future plans for the acquisition of land and its improvement in Israel. During a discussion of the Congress relative to the J.N.F. had left the organization in an autonomous position.