J. D. C. Opens New Home for Aged at Nathanya

A new home for aged people in Israel was opened at Nathanya yesterday by the Malben, the Joint Distribution Committee’s social welfare program in Israel, in the presence of President Itzhak Ben Zvi, members of the Cabinet and Parliament and of the United Jewish Appeal study mission. There are already 513 elderly people established in the garden apartment-type institution.

President Ben Zvi, in an address at the inaugural ceremonies, hailed the JDC’s role in Israel and Jewish communities abroad and called this institution an example of the JDC’s contribution to the absorption of new immigrants. Minister of Health Joseph Serlin, Minister of Social Welfare Moshe Shapiro and Mayor Oved Ben Ami of Nathanya also praised the JDC’s work in Israel.

Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, executive vice-chairman of the UJA and a member of its study mission, stressed that the JDC had always striven to help immigrants and had done its best to save those Jews who could be saved during World War II. He called Malben another link between Israel and American Jewry.

The home has its own synagogue, hospital and community hall. It also has facilities for workshops and handicraft manufactures, including the weaving of rugs.

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