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Jewish Agency Reports Increase in Israel Immigration from U.S.

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There has been a large enough increase in immigration during the year from the United States to make possible the establishment of two settlements for American Jews, S.Z. Shragai, member of the Jewish Agency executive, told a press conference. He estimated that 450 Jews arrived from the U.S., an equal number from Britain and about 1,000 from South American countries.

Jews from the United States, he reported, fell into two major categories: those who followed the call of religious leaders like the Lubavitcher and Satmarer Rebbes to come to Israel and those who came from small towns in the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles areas. He estimated that 8,000 immigrants would arrive in the first quarter of 1958, as contrasted to 7,000 in the last three months of 1957. Of the 40,000 immigrants from Europe who came last year, Mr. Shragai said, there were 2,000 non-Jewish partners of mixed marriages.

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