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N.c.j.w. Convention Urges Continued U.S. Economic Support of Israel

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A broadened program of health and educational services for the American people and adoption of non-discriminatory immigration policies was urged today in a resolution adopted by the 800 delegates to the biennial convention of the National Council of Jewish Women.

In another resolution, the delegates pledged continued support for the social, educational and cultural upbuilding of Israel and urged continued United States economic support of Israel.

President Kennedy, in a message to the convention, lauded the women’s group, declaring that “the goals which you have espoused–child labor regulation, women’s franchise, social security, better housing, fair labor standards, pure food and drug laws–are now accepted elements in our social structure.”

Amos Handel, director of vocational counseling for the Haifa municipality, said that while vocational guidance problems in Israel were in many cases like those in the United States, “we also have the problem of absorbing the immigrant children and youth in our schools and economic life.”

Gustav Saron, leader of the South African Board of Jewish Deputies, told the convention that “American Jewry with its great spiritual and material resources may be expected to make a significant contribution to the future destinies of world Jewry.” He added that he was too far away from South Africa to comment on the recent constitutional developments affecting the country.

David Harman, 16-year-old son of Israel Ambassador Avraham Harman, gave the delegates a first-hand report on the Hebrew University high school in Jerusalem which he attended. The NCJW is raising $300,000 to build a new campus for the school which is a practice teaching center for the NCJW-supported John Dewey School of Education at the university.

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