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Israel Minister Urges Separate Fund-raising by Religious Groups in U.S.

Moshe Shapiro, Israel’s Minister of the Interior, urged tonight “the establishment of a joint fund-raising agency of all religious bodies in the United States to fill the void created by the recent reorganization of the Jewish Agency.”

The Israel Cabinet Minister, speaking here at the Golden Jubilee banquet of the Religious Zionists of America, said such a Joint fund-raising agency would “contribute indispensable assistance and aid to religion in Israel by raising necessary financial means for such institutions as higher schools of learning, rehabilitation centers for refugees, religious settlements, youth training organizations and hospitals.”

The sister parties of the Religious Zionists in Israel, Mizrachi and Hapoel Hamizrachi were among the parties whose allocations for constructive enterprises from United Jewish Appeal funds through the Jewish Agency will be terminated in 1961.