NEW YORK (Jan. 6)
Details of an inspiring program of special events for attendees at the UJA’s three-day 20th anniversary conference to open in Jerusalem on June 24, were made public today by the United Jewish Appeal.
Morris W. Berinstein, general chairman of the UJA, also announced that “an exciting itinerary has been prepared” for the extended tour of Israel that will be available optionally to those participating in the conference. In addition, Mr. Berinstein pointed out that “all who attend this unprecedented conference will be in Israel during the height of the State’s celebration of its 10th year of independent.”
The UJA general chairman said that a special anniversary conference committee has been set up to handle preparations for the June event in Israel and that, in cooperation with the El Al Israel Airlines, this committee has already arranged “a 15-day, all-expense tour from New York which offers a full sightseeing program in Israel of 14 days and 13 nights, including the conference in Jerusalem.”
The trans-Atlantic flights will be made in El Al’s new flight of long-range, turbo propelled Bristol-Brittanias – the plane that recently flew from New York to Tel Aviv in 14 1/2 hours, a new record for commercial airliners. The total cost of the special tour will be $998.
Prior to conference sessions, the Israel Army and Air Force will stage special maneuvers, Mr. Berinstein disclosed, “to be climaxed by a mass parachute jump.” That evening the Army will give a ball. Itzhak Ben Zvi, President of Israel, will address the opening session of the conference on the evening of June 24 in the amphitheater of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
The conference will assemble the next day in the main auditorium of the Convention Hall — the Binyana Hauma. There will be a roll call of American communities represented at the meeting, followed by the formation of the “cash line”, the traditional mid-year ceremony of transmitting funds from communal campaigns to the UJA. Attendees will be the honored guests of President Ben Zvi at a reception and garden party at the “Gan Hashoshana,” or Rose Garden. Prime Minister David Ben Gurion will address the evening session.