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Israel Finance Minister to Visit U.s.; Will Address U.J.A. Convention

Levi Eshkol, Finance Minister of Israel, will make a special visit to this country early next month to confer with leaders of the United Jewish Appeal and to address the UJA’s annual national conference which opens on December 11 in New York, it was announced today by Edward M.M. Warburg, general chairman of the UJA.

The chief purpose of the three-day UJA conference, Mr. Warburg said, will be to set the Appeal’s 1954 aims and financial objectives on the basis of reports and budgets dealing with programs for the settlement and development of Israel, the relief and rehabilitation of distressed Jews in European and Moslem lands, and the reception and adjustment of refugees in the United States.

Mr. Warburg called special attention to action by the conference on the UJA’s financial aims, emphasizing that these will be considered and voted upon in two parts. The conference, he said, will deal first with the 1954 budgetary requirements of the UJA constituent agencies–the United Israel Appeal, Joint Distribution Committee and the United Service for New Americans–as the basis for setting a distinct fund-raising goal representing their minimum needs.

Next, he said, the conference will consider special measures to help the Israel Government liquidate a number of heavy short-term obligations contracted in its first years as it coped with a peak Jewish refugee immigration from central Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

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