NEW YORK (Jun. 24)
One hundred and fifty Americans, registered with the Aliyah Department of the Jewish Agency for settlement in Israel, are leaving for that country within the next several weeks, according to an announcement issued by the Jewish Agency here today. They come from every section of the United States; a few hail from Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.
“These men and women may be divided into several categories depending on their motivation for settling in Israel.” the announcement stated. “One is a party of young people who have trained here under various pioneering agencies to become members of kibbutzim, cooperative agricultural settlements with specific social or religious ideologies. They all have one common purpose–to build a social order wherein freedom, equality and cooperation are central.”
Another party consists of professional people, engineers, pharmacists, mechanics. journalists, musicians, and teachers. A third segment consists of 24 people of various ages, including two teen-agers who desire to learn to speak Hebrew fluently before they tackle their regular tasks. Hence they plan to study for a period of 5-6 months at Ulpanim, especially established adult schools to teach the Hebrew language to newcomers. There is also a group of 12 retired elderly people. They expect to maintain themselves in Israel from their income or social security pensions. They want to spend their last years in the Holy Land.
Prompted by the desire to participate personally in the economic development of the country a group of middle class individuals and families are planning to invest their savings in various industrial and business enterprises, the Jewish Agency reported. “There are an ever increasing number of people in America who feel that they are duty-bound to help in person in the development of the State,” it said. “The Jewish Agency, through its Aliyah Department, is receiving manifold enquiries about possibilities for settling in Israel from every section of the United States as well as other American countries. The Agency is prepared to counsel and to help every case. Israel is capturing the imagination of the young generation because it is a pioneering country, and of the older people because it is the land of the Bible and Messianic association,” the Jewish Agency explained.