Israel Plans Elaborate Observance of Weizmann’s Death Anniversary

The Jewish Agency has disclosed plans for an elaborate observance of the tenth anniversary of the death of Dr, Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel. The anniversary falls this year on November 20.

The plans were organized by the World Zionist Organization executive, the Israel Government, and the executive council of Yad Weizmann at Rehovot, home of the Weizmann Institute of Science. The opening event will be a mass meeting on November 1 at Yad Weizmann, under the chairmanship of Dr. Nahum Goldmann, with President Ben-Zvi as the principal speaker.

On November 4, all delegates of past World Zionist Congresses living in Israel will pay homage at the Weizmann graveside and then meet in the Wizo auditorium under the chairmanship of Zvi Lurie of the Zionist executive. Speakers will include Moshe Sharett, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive, and Education Minister Abba Eban as president of the Weizmann Institute.

H. Levanon, the Mayor of Tel Aviv, will announce establishment of a Weizmann Institute for Research on Zionism at Tel Aviv University. In a ceremony on November 5, in the conference hall of the Jewish Agency building here, where Dr. Weizmann was elected President and took his oath of office, the hall will be named Weizmann Hall. Members of the first Knesset and those attending Dr. Weizmann’s induction will attend the ceremony. A special meeting of the Knesset, dedicated to Dr. Weizmann’s memory, will follow.

Dr. Goldmann will inaugurate the Weizmann Research Institute at Tel Aviv University during the first week in November. The Israel Government Information Center is arranging public meetings throughout Israel for the observance. Weizmann posters and film strips have been prepared. Israel’s radio stations will broadcast special programs. The Ministry of Education is issuing booklets for elementary schools and a handbook for teachers on Dr. Weizmann’s life and Zionist contributions.

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