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Jewish Agency Announces Stand on Allocations to Constructive Funds

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The Jewish Agency, Inc. today reported that in accordance with a decision by its Board of Directors, a subcommittee of the Board, under the chairmanship of Joseph Meyerhoff, met to consider certain aspects of the Agency’s decision to discontinue all allocations to the various Constructive Funds.

It was unanimously agreed by the committee that no change would be recommended in the previous decision of the Agency to discontinue allocations to the Constructive Funds of the various political parties. However, the committee addressed itself to the question of the effect the Agency’s decision might have on the various beneficiaries of the respective Constructive Funds and particularly on the services rendered by such institutions and agencies to new immigrants for their absorption and integration.

The committee, after a preliminary examination of the audited reports of the Constructive Funds, found that certain of their activities belonged in the same categories of philanthropic activities as those generally contemplated for support by the Jewish Agency for Israel, Inc. The committee also found that certain of the beneficiaries of the Constructive Funds were already receiving basic allocations from the Jewish Agency, but that the interruption of the flow of supplementary funds to them could impose unnecessary hardships on such new immigrants.

The following recommendations were unanimously agreed upon for submission to the Board of Directors for their action:

1) That the Board suggest to the executive of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem that it consider the inclusion in its budget for 1961-62 such appropriations for agricultural settlements, educational institutions and other programs concerned with the absorption and integration of new immigrants, previously supported by the Constructive Funds, as fall into similar line-by-line categories in the Jewish Agency’s programmatic budget.

2) When the budget proposals of the executive of the Jewish Agency come before the Board of Directors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Inc., the latter, after receiving relevant reports and evaluations from Dr. Isador Lubin, its representative now in Israel, make final decisions on the inclusion of such items in the allocations of funds to be made.

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