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U.S. Immigrants in Israel Hold Convention; Plan Housing

Plans for the construction of a housing project containing 400 units for immigrants in Israel from the United States and other English-speaking countries, were announced here last night by Dr. Emanuel Neumann, co-chairman of the Jewish Agency economic department.

Addressing the second annual convention of the Association of American Immigrants in Israel at ZOA House, Dr. Neumann said that the Israel Government and the Jewish Agency would provide the cost of building the project, estimated at 1,800,000 pounds. He also revealed that the Agency was planning to build five hostels in various parts of the country to provide 300 rooms for temporary living quarters for immigrants waiting to enter permanent homes in the project.

Opening the convention, Joseph Sugarman, executive director of the organization, revealed that its membership rolls now stand at 1,500. Dr. C. M. Pomerantz, chairman of the association, stressed the need for adequate preparation of prospective immigrants in the United States as one means of cutting down the number of immigrants who return to the United States after a short, disappointing stay in Israel. He also urged that the organization more actively help in the integration of newly arrived immigrants, and suggested that a special committee be set up by the Jewish Agency, the Israel Government and other interested parties to coordinate such integration activities.