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ZOA to Start Fund-raising Drive to Expand Education, Increase Aliyah

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The Zionist Organization of America today embarked on an intensive campaign to raise funds for increasing the organization’s educational activities, as well as those projects aimed at promoting immigration to Israel from the United States.

At the closing session of the ZOA’s national executive council meeting, the organization also adopted a resolution urging the United States Government to ratify the United Nations Genocide Convention “at the earliest moment. ” The group decided to proclaim September 1961 as “Genocide Convention Month.”

The ZOA delegation to the Israel Bond Conference next month in Jerusalem will announce 1, 000 purchases of Israel bonds by Bar Mitzvah Guardians totaling $1, 300, 000, the Council was told.

Max Bressler, president of the ZOA, announced that the 64th annual convention of the organization will be held in New York from August 30 through September 2. Some 1, 000 delegates from all parts of the country are expected to attend the four-day sessions.

The Council also considered plans to counteract what was termed “the growing anti-Zionist propaganda campaign” which, it said, was being “spearheaded by the American Council for Judaism. ” Dr. Max Nussbaum, chairman of the Council, urged a dynamic, positive approach to the problem through “a revitalization and strengthening of the Zionist movement on the home front, and the intensification of Jewish education to assure the survival not only of Jews in America but of American Judaism.”

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