1,714 Jews Left U.S. for Settlement in Israel During Last 16 Months

Aliya of American Jews to Israel continues to show a gradual increase, according to figures released today by the Jewish Agency here. During the period from January 1, 1961 through April 30, 1962, 1, 714 immigrants left the United States for Israel as compared with 1, 334 immigrants in the comparable earlier period.

Among the 1, 714 immigrants, 175 are halutzim of the Zionist youth movements; 360 professionals; 250 persons going to ulpanim; 60 middle class immigrants and 180 retired. It was pointed out that these migrants declared capital importation to Israel of $2, 650, 000 and an annual income of social security and pension payments of $480, 000.

Louis Segal, chairman of the aliyah committee of the Jewish Agency, stated that these figures represent “a gradual upward swing” of aliyah from the United States–a trend which has been going on since 1959. The Jewish Agency, he said, is making special efforts to acquaint the American Jewish public with information on services available to prospective immigrants.

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