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Six Groups Confer on Plan for Combined Fund-raising Drive in U.S.

Plans for a combined fund-raising campaign in America on behalf of six Israeli Funds for the maintenance of their economic welfare, educational, cultural and religious institutions in Israel were discussed at a conference in New York City yesterday.

These institutions were up to now not conducting separate campaigns in the United States; they were receiving allocations from the Jewish Agency from funds derived largely from the United Jewish Appeal. These allocations will not be forthcoming to them in 1961 due to a new arrangement arrived at by the Jewish Agency, Inc.

The conference laid plans for a joint campaign in 1961 to provide funds for the important constructive undertakings of the Israeli institutions. Participants in the conference were representatives of the Mizrachi-Hapoel Hamizrachi, Agudath Israel, Poale Agudath Israel, the two World Confederations of the General Zionists and the Zionist Revisionists of America. It was agreed to recommend to all participants to join efforts for a united national drive in 1961 on behalf of their Israeli institutions.

The recommendation has been communicated to the authoritative bodies of the respective Constructive Funds for Israel for consideration. It is contemplated to have a delegation from Israel representing the participating bodies come here in the near future to prepare for the combined campaign, the conference announced.

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