MIAMI (Mar. 2)
The three-day Inaugural Conference for Israel Bonds, which will launch the 1961 drive for the sale of $80,000,000 in Israel bonds, opens here tomorrow with the participation of more than 2,000 representatives of Jewish communities through-out the country.
Samuel Rothberg of Peoria, one of the founders of the Israel Bond Organization and national chairman of trustees, has been named chairman of the National Inaugural Committee to direct the opening phase of the 1961 Israel bond campaign. He will also serve as chairman of the Miami conference. Ira Gilden, national campaign chairman of the Israel bond drive will serve as co-chairman of the Inaugural Committee.
Abba Eban, Minister of Education of the State of Israel, and former Ambassador to the United States, will be the guest of honor at the Saturday evening session. He will inaugurate the 1961 drive. In accepting the chairmanship of the National Inaugural Committee, Mr. Rothberg said that the committee will conduct the initial stages of a campaign which will be dedicated to the celebration of Israel’s Bar Mitzvah anniversary, as well as the tenth anniversary of the Israel bond drive. Since its inception in 1951, the Israel bond campaign has raised more than $475,000,000 for the development of every phase of the country’s economy.