Dr. Haber Announces Plans for Expanded Program of Ort Activities

Dr. William Haber, newly elected president of the World ORT Union central council, announced today upon his return from the international ORT meeting that has just concluded its sessions at Geneva, that vocational programs linked to the “economic survival and progress” of overseas Jewish communities will be greatly expanded.

He warned that plans for communal rehabilitation, particularly in countries “just entering the machine age, “must give greater emphasis to technical education in industrial skills if they are to achieve desired results. In North Africa, he declared, ORT will “not be diverted by the political crisis” from moving ahead with plans for expanding trade school and apprenticeship activities.

As president of the central board of ORT, Dr. Haber heads the governing body of the world ORT organization. A former Special Advisor on Jewish Affairs to Gen. Lucius Clay in Germany in 1948, a member and former chairman of the Federal Advisory Council on Employment Security, Dr. Haber has been president of the American ORT Federation for the past five years. He is a professor of economics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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