HAIFA (Nov. 19)
A call to American Jewry to retain the “principle of extra giving” to the United Jewish Appeal, over and above regular contributions, was issued last night in a special resolution approved by the 115-man UJA study mission here.
The resolution, which was read at a final dinner meeting of the mission in Israel by Albert Levin of Cleveland, a national UJA chairman, noted in its recommendations to the UJA national convention that while Israel displays many outward signs of success, there are still unmet needs of immigrants in the solution of which American Jewry is sharing responsibility with Israel.
Levi Eshkol, Israel Finance Minister, told the dinner that Israel had decided to launch the Jordan River irrigation project and that this will need about $100,000,000 for the first five-year stage. He also asserted that Israel needed $200,000,000 to consolidate existing agricultural settlements.
Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman, UJA executive vice president, summed up Israel’s most pressing “unmet needs” of immigrants with a report that 60,000 immigrants still lived in transit camps, thousands lived in equally miserable slums, the majority of Israel’s new immigrants are farmers who cannot yet earn a living from farms for lack of water and implements, thousands of new immigrants are young people who cannot get a secondary education, and a large number are aged and handicapped still lacking all the help they need.