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Three-day National Conference of U.J.A. Young Leaders Opens Today

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The United Jewish Appeal will begin a unique program to develop potential new leadership from among the 25-40 year age group of local community leaders at a three-day National Young Leadership Conference which opens tomorrow at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel here.

Some 225 specially invited young Jewish community and philanthropic leaders from throughout the country will participate in the three-day seminar type conference. Each was asked to participate because he had made his mark to a significant degree as a leader in his home community. The conference will signalize the launching of a long-term program to solidify and augment the degree of national UJA leadership participation from among the younger group.

The program has received widely heralded support from the national leadership of the United Jewish Appeal and from leaders of local Jewish community federations and welfare funds which allocate major portions of the money they raise to the United Jewish Appeal. “The conference is the result of a long-cherished desire among national and community leaders to broaden and deepen the knowledge and understanding of worldwide UJA needs and projects among our younger community leaders and to prepare them for future national leadership,” declared Morris W. Berinstein, UJA general chairman.

“Speakers at the Conference will offer a well-rounded series of presentations and discussions of UJA’s major responsibilities throughout the world,” Mr. Berinstein said. “They will brief the young leaders on the urgent problems facing the 390,000 people in Israel to whom UJA aid is of the utmost importance, and they will also present a detailed picture of the work done outside Israel for more than 200,000 men, women and children by the Joint Distribution Committee, the UJA agency operating in Europe, the Moslem lands and other areas throughout the world.”

Among Israeli authorities who will lead discussions on various facets of the immigrant absorption problem will be Ambassador Avraham Harman, Israel’s envoy to the United States; Michael Comay, Ambassador to the United Nations; Binyamin Eliav, Consul-General in New York and Brigadier General Meir Amit, former head of the Central command of Israel’s Defense Force. Participating in the discussions at the conference will also be Edward M.M. Warburg. William Rosenwald, Dewey D. Stone, Philip M. Klutznick, Herbert A. Friedman, Moses A. Leavitt and other UJA leaders.

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