Ort Parley Opens in Geneva; Leaders from 27 Lands Review Plans

Jewish leaders from 27 countries met today in the semiannual ORT conference to study proposals for the spending of nearly $7, 000, 000 during 1961 in expansion of the ORT technical assistance program for underprivileged communities.

The leaders, who are members of the ORT executive committee, will review the ORT program of vocational instruction through trade schools and related facilities in 19 countries. The funds will help finance trade education and economic rehabilitation conducted by ORT in Europe, North Africa, Israel and Iran. More than 40, 000 Jews are expected to receive such help during the coming year.

For the first time, ORT will provide a vocational assistance program for Jews in India and it also expects to expand its training activities during 1961 in Israel, France, Morocco, Iran and Poland. The Joint Distribution Committee will provide $1, 800, 000 during 1961 for all ORT training programs.

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