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Women from 20 Communities to Leave on U.J.A. Overseas Mission

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A United Jewish Appeal National Women’s Division Survey Mission will leave this Friday on a 17-day survey of UJA-financed welfare, rehabilitation and resettlement programs in Europe and Israel, it was announced today.

The survey mission which is composed of 33 women leaders from 20 communities across the United States, is headed by Mrs. Jack A. Goodman, of Indianapolis, national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal Women’s Division. Its members represent a cross-section of important community organizations which allocate the major part of their proceeds to the nationwide United Jewish Appeal.

The group will make its first stop in Vienna before going to Israel on September 9th. In Vienna, mission members will visit Camp Korneuburg, an all-Jewish DP camp, and other UJA-financed reception centers where thousands of Jewish refugees are being cared for by the Joint Distribution Committee while waiting their turn for permanent resettlement in Israel and other free countries.

In Israel, where the mission will spend most of its time, the members will get first-hand reports on the efforts made during the past year to resettle and absorb 100,000 new immigrants into the life stream of the country. They will follow groups of newcomers from the moment they enter Israel at Haifa port, through the processing procedure during which time the immigrants receive food, parcels, money, clothing, various household effects, and move into newly developed settlements in every part of the country.

Members of the mission will meet with leaders of the Israeli Government and the Jewish Agency for Palestine, the philanthropic organization assisting newcomers to Israel. The Jewish Agency officials will outline their problems and plans for absorption of the continuing stream of refugees which again is expected to take some 100,000 in the next 12 months. The study group also will visit new housing developments and new agricultural communities established by the Agency.

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