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American Ort Adopts Vocational Program for 17,000 Youths

A program to teach industrial skills and provide high school education for 17,000 Jews overseas, was adopted last evening by the American ORT Federation at the annual conference of its national board of directors here.

Dr. William Haber, president of the organization, reported that “an absolute minimum” of $3,250,000 will be required by the World ORT Union during the coming year to implement its program. The conference approved a financial plan by which the American ORT organization will make available $1,572,000, or about one-half the sum required to meet the total budget. The United Jewish Appeal will provide the largest portion of the American contribution, through an agreement with the Joint Distribution Committee. The Ford Foundation will provide $22,000 for a specific project for training instructors for Israel’s trade schools at the Central ORT Institute at Anieres, Switzerland. Women’s American ORT, largest affiliate of the American ORT, will make up the balance through its membership activities.

Dr. Abram L. Sachar, president of Brandeis University, in an address to the conference, urged a code of “disciplined responsibility” upon spokesmen for American Jewry in view of the “decisive role in world affairs,” that the American Jewish community plays. “The American Jewish community,” he said, “has now become the most important settlement in all Jewish history. Many consequences follow from this extraordinary role.”