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J.D.C. Aiding Jews in Algeria; Cooperates with Central Jewish Body

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The American Joint Distribution Committee is working with the Committee for Algerian Jews in assisting Jews of that country until clarification of the French Government’s plans for its nationals in Algeria, Charles H. Jordan, JDC director general, reported today. The Committee was organized several months ago by the Fonds Social Juif Unifie, the central French Jewish fund-raising and welfare organization.

Mr. Jordan also announced that Herbert H. Katzki, assistant director general, will handle Jewish welfare problems in Algeria, replacing temporarily Samuel Levis, former JDC representative in Algeria, who resigned. He had been with the JDC office in Algeria since 1958.

Meanwhile, the JDC is continuing its aid program to the Algerian community which benefits some 5,000 persons through cash relief, education, food programs and medical aid to children. Because the Algerian Jewish community under French rule has been prosperous, this aid until now has been limited, Mr. Jordan said.

He pointed out that, except in times of disaster, the JDC policy has always been to work through local Jewish organizations and to move into the community only when the community gives evidence of willingness to share the responsibility for any projects initiated.

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