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U.J.A. Sends Overseas Mission to Europe and Israel; to Study Aid Needs

The Fifth Overseas Study Mission of the United Jewish Appeal will leave New York October 29 for a survey of Jewish aid requirements in Europe and Israel. The mission is made up of 94 nationwide UJA leaders.

Primary concern of the mission in Israel will be to make an on-the-spot survey of the most critical unmet needs–what is lacking in the jammed-up absorption programs to give a proper start toward a new and productive life to so many of the thousands of immigrants who have found a haven in Israel since 1955 and to advance the economic maturity of some 400 post-statehood immigrant farmsteads. All mission members meet their own expenses.

A full report of the findings of the Study Mission will be presented to the UJA annual national conference which opens in New York on December 13, and which will weigh heavily in charting the Appeal’s 1959 campaign objectives. The mission’s first stop will be Geneva, Switzerland, where they will confer with officials of the Joint Distribution Committee.

The JDC discussions will be the first order of business in the UJA mission’s intensive, on-the-scene survey of Jewish needs in Europe. The mission will board a special El Al-Israel Airlines plane in Geneva and proceed to Israel on November 1., During their stay in Israel, the UJA mission will hear from President Itzhak Ben Zvi, Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, Finance Minister Levi Eshkol and other Government leaders. They will also hold important discussions with Jewish Agency leaders in the areas of immigration and absorption.

Leaders of the mission include Edward M. M. Warburg. UJA honorary chairman; Morris W. Berinstein, UJA general chairman; Dewey D. Stone; Joseph Holtzman and Joseph Meyerhoff, all UJA national chairmen; Fred Forman, chairman of the UJA National Campaign Cabinet; Mrs. Jack A. Goodman of Indianapolis, Ind., chairman of the UJA National Women’s Division; Max M. Fisher, UJA big gifts chairman; Albert A. Levin, UJA chairman for regions, and Herbert A. Friedman, UJA executive vice chairman.

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