Rome to Welcome Israeli Sportsmen Participating in Olympic Games

Arrangements were completed today for the reception and housing of the Israeli squad due here to participate in the 1960 Olympic Games. The Israeli team is expected to include about 35 athletes and ten trainers and aides.

The Israelis will be housed in Olympic Village adjacent to the United States and Maltese teams. Their quarters will be on two floors and they will have two dining rooms, their own kitchen and two refrigerators. The Israelis will have their breakfast with the athletes of other countries in the common dining-hall but kosher food will be prepared for their other meals and served in their own dining-rooms.

The Rome Jewish community has set up a special Hospitality Committee for the Israeli visitors. Members include Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff of Rome, the president of the community and the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities. A gala service will be held in the principal synagogue of Rome early in September in honor of the Jewish athletes of all nations participating in the games. The Rome Jewish Community and the Jewish youth of Rome will tender receptions for the Israelis.

The Israeli team will be given a giant welcome when it arrives at Ciampino Airport and will be escorted from the airfield to Olympic Village by a motor cavalcade. A pool of 35-40 cars will be kept at the disposal of the Israeli athletes for the duration of their visit here for sight-seeing and social activities.

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