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American J. N. F. Leaders Report on Developments in Israel

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The “back-to-the-land” movement in Israel has assumed great proportions, drawing many Jews from the city to agricultural settlements in all parts of the country, Dr. Harris J. Levine, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, reported to the JNF board of directors this week-end following his return from Israel. He said that the budget adopted in Jerusalem by the JNF for the forthcoming year amounted to $20,000,000, of which the largest part is to be derived from JNF collections, particularly in the United States.

Mendel Fisher, executive director of the American JNF, submitting a financial statement to the board for the last quarter of the year, pointed out that the proceeds showed an increase of $150,000 over the corresponding period of last year, and that the income during the months of December was the highest of any single month in years. Dr. Samuel Margoshes reported to the board on the general situation in Israel. All three JNF leaders attended the recent session of the Zionist Actions Committee in Jerusalem where the JNF budget for the current year was approved.

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