NEW YORK (Oct. 3)
A check for $1,000,000 for Israel was turned over today by the Hadassah organization at a ceremony marking the formal opening of the five-story Hadassah House here. The check was presented by Mrs. Rebecca Shulman, national president of the organization, to Mrs. Abba Eban, wife of Israel’s Ambassador to the United States.
Present at the ceremony was Mayor Robert F. Wagner, who proclaimed the week of October 10 “Hadassah Week” in New York City. Mrs. Shulman explained that half of the $1,000,000 gift would be used for the construction of a mother-and-child pavilion in the new Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, and the remaining $500,000 was earmarked for the rescue and care of Jewish children from Morocco.
The opening of Hadassah House marked also the inauguration of a national membership campaign aimed at enrolling an additional 100,000 members in Hadassah before the end of the year. In accepting the $1,000,000 gift, Mrs. Eban paid tribute “to the selfless devotion of the women of Hadassah, who have helped to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the peoples of Israel and the United States by bringing American skill and creativeness in many different areas to our land.”