PARIS (Oct. 17)
Members of the eighth United Jewish Appeal Study Mission, representing American Jewish community leadership across the country, were gathering here to launch tomorrow an intensive 16-day fact-finding survey of the needs of distressed Jews in Europe and North Africa, and to get a first-hand picture of the problems of absorbing immigrants into the economic and social life of Israel.
Heading the 138-member delegation is Joseph Meyerhoff, UJA general chairman. Important roles in the survey are being played by Edward M. M. Warburg, general chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, and Dewey D. Stone, chairman of the Jewish Agency, Inc., both UJA beneficiary agencies.
The mission’s tour, which also is serving as a prelude to the UJA’s 25th anniversary year, will begin tomorrow when the American Jewish leaders will attend a three-day meeting of the JDC. Charles Jordan, JDC overseas director general, and other JDC executives will report on the sharp upsurge in the number of Jews who must be rendered aid as a result of the political upheavals in North Africa. Other representatives of UJA beneficiary organizations who will participate in the meeting are: Eran Laor, European director of the Jewish Agency; Max Braude, director of the World ORT Union; and Israel Jacobson, European director of the United Hias Service, which assists Jews to migrate to countries other than Israel.
In addition to the meeting, the mission will be tendered a dinner by Jewish leaders of 12 European countries in honor of the role played by American Jewry in restoring Jewish life in Europe since the close of World War II. The European Jewish leaders are representatives to the Standing Conference on European Jewish Community Services. Dr. Astorre Mayer of Milan, Italy, chairman of the conference, will serve as spokesman for the European communities. The American spokesman will be Mr. Warburg.
In Israel, the mission will make on-the-spot studies of the problems facing the Jewish Agency and the Israel Government in handling the current large numbers of immigrants. The leaders will see newcomers reaching Israel by ship and plane, visit newly established immigrant settlements and villages and confer with ranking officials of the Government and Jewish Agency. A series of UJA anniversary observances also will mark the mission’s visit in Israel.