America-israel Cultural Foundation Announces New Working Program

A new emphasis in the program of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation was reported tonight by its president, Samuel Rubin, at the foundation’s annual leadership dinner here at which more than $200,000 was raised for the organization’s programs.

He told the dinner guests that in the first 13 years of Israel’s existence, the foundation worked to provide support for Israel’s general cultural projects. Now that these are firmly established, he said, the foundation was turning to “developmental projects, the support of new ideas, new talents, new programs, of which the Israel First Music Festival is a good example.”

An annual Pablo Casals Cello Scholarship for Israeli cellists was established at the dinner which honored the Spanish cellist. The scholarship presentation was made to Casals by Mr. Rubin with a scroll which lauded the artist “in deep appreciation for his contribution to the furtherance of cultural exchange” through his participation in the festival and in the Casals violoncello competition. Scholarships for 1962-1963 young Israelis in honor of great participants in the music festival also were announced.

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