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Council of Jewish Federations Sends Study Mission to Israel and Europe

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Shifts in American Jewish philanthropic responsibilities in Israel and Europe will be the major focus of a second Overseas Study Mission of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds next month, it was announced here today. Irving Kane, Council president, will be the head of the Mission which will be composed of federation and welfare fund leaders. They will leave on June 18 for three weeks of intensive discussions with European and Israeli leaders on a wide range of problems of mutual concern.

The Mission will be a follow-up of the first Mission in 1958 when a similar group took part in a two-way exchange of experiences with Israeli leaders. The current Mission, in recognition of the progress achieved in European Jewish communities, will include a full week of conferences with Jewish leaders in London and Paris before proceeding to Israel. In Israel, the American delegation will confer with more than a dozen top Government officials, welfare leaders and also with members of the United States Government Mission to Israel.

In London, the American communal leaders will meet with officials of the Central British Fund and other major organizations engaged in financing and conducting social welfare, health and other communal programs. In France, the Mission will confer with leaders of Fonds Social Juif Unifie, the central French Jewish welfare organization. Additional conferences will be held with officials of the Standing Conference of European Communal Services, an organization whose primary aims are similar to those of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.

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