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America-israel Foundation Raises $160,000 for Exchange Program

An expanded program of cultural exchange that will bring INBAL, the dance theater of Israel, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to the United States during the 1959-60 year was announced tonight by Samuel Rubin, president, at the annual Leadership Dinner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Over $160,000 was raised at the dinner as the initial stage of a half-million dollar campaign by a specially constituted group, the Board of Cultural Exchange Fellows of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

The INBAL dance group will open a three-month nationwide tour on Sunday evening, October 4, in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will launch a six-week tour at the Metropolitan Opera House in October of 1960. The second American tour of the INBAL, under the auspices of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the management of S. Hurok, will include 78 performances in 27 communities in the United States and Canada.

Mr. Rubin, expressing the need for the expansion of programs of cultural exchange between all nations of the world “as an aid to the maintenance of world amity and peace,” announced that the Foundation, through its newly-created Board of Cultural Exchange Fellows, will seek to find new ways of developing cultural interchange between the United States and Israel.