JERUSALEM (Jul. 8)
A group of 120 young American Jewish communal leaders arrived in Israel on a 17-day study tour. The group comprises young men and women in the 25-40 age group, who have shown leadership potential in their home communities.
This is the United Jewish Appeal’s second annual Young Leadership Mission, and is led by Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman, executive vice-chairman of the UJA. Each member of the mission paid his own way.
At the opening session last night in Israel, Deputy Defense Minister Shimon Peres spoke to the group, reviewing the Middle East scene. The best guarantee of stability in the Middle East is the awareness that Israel conducts her affairs from a position of strength, declared Mr. Peres. He added that this position of strength derives from Israel’s steadily increasing ability to rely on her own resources in the fields of production and of scientific and technological development.
Today the group visited the immigrant absorption centre of Ashdod, where a new harbor is being built, and inspected farm settlement projects in the Lachish region. It also visited the Syngalowsky ORT. Trade vocational School in Tel Aviv. During its tour the group will study the work carried out by the Jewish Agency and also by the Joint Distribution Committee whose institutions for nearly 50, 000 aged and handicapped immigrants, under the Malben program, provide medical and rehabilitative care. The study mission comprises members from 40 cities in 23 states in the U.S.A.