Pioneer Women Ask World Progressive Forces to Aid Israel
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Pioneer Women Ask World Progressive Forces to Aid Israel

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Mrs. Chaya Surchin, president of Pioneer Women, presented today to an Israel delegate a check for $108,000 as first payment on a pledge of the 15th national biennial convention of $2,500,000 for the Labor Zionist Women’s program in Israel in the next two years. The check was accepted by Mrs. Yehudit Simhoni.

The Brande is University Medallion was presented to Mrs. Simhoni at a special convocation. Dr. Abram Sachar University president, made the award in tribute to Mrs. Simhoni’s service and leadership to women as a member of the first Knesset and as director of the cultural and educational program of the Working Women’s Council in Israel

Convention delegates approved resolutions pledging aid to Israel in its goal of a population of 3,000,000, expressing concern over “the current advance of Communist influence in the Middle East and the dominance of the Soviet Union over Egypt and Syria,” and declaring that “the best preventative to an irresponsible outbreak of hostilities that could flare up into a world conflagration is to rally the progressive forces of the world around the State of Israel to help build a strong, stable nation.”

The Eisenhower Administration, in another resolution, was urged to stop sending arms to the Arab states and to continue economic aid to the Middle East through development of regional water resources.

In addition to re-election of Mrs. Surchin as president, the delegates named Mrs. Clara Leff and Mrs. Blance Fine of New York as vice-presidents; Mrs. Esther Kravitz of Montreal as third vice-president; Mrs. Claire Greenwald of New York, treasurer; Mrs. Selma Horowitz of New York, financial secretary; Mrs. Dunia Margolis of New York, recording secretary; and Mrs. Ida Krakower of Toronto, Canadian treasurer.

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