NEW YORK (Dec. 30)
The 50th anniversary of the chartering of Farband-Labor Zionist Order will be celebrated at a three-day National Planning Conference at the Waldorf Astoria hotel here at which plans will be mapped for observing the organization’s Anniversary Year throughout the country, it was announced here today by Meyer L. Brown, national president.
The conference will open on January 4 with a meeting of 100 board members of the Farband. They will represent more than 40,000 members of the organization in some 120 communities. A Charter Day luncheon, which will be a part of the conference, will be attended by more than 1,000 guests. The luncheon will be addressed by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, and Meyer Feldman, Special Deputy Counsel to President Kennedy.
During its 50 years, Farband has developed a comprehensive cooperative insurance program and other fraternal services for the benefit of its members and their families. It conducts a network of Jewish day schools and afternoon schools, summer camps for both adults and children, and a widespread program of activities to enhance for American Jews the cultural and spiritual heritage of the Jewish people. Farband is a sponsor of the Jewish Teachers Seminary and People’s University of New York, which will mark fits 45th anniversary in March.
In addition, Farband engages in a variety of activities within the American Jewish community. It also has an extensive program of aid to Israel. The latter has included the creation by Farband, in cooperation with Histadrut, the Israel Labor Federation, of more than 100 dispensaries, clinics, cultural and youth centers, and other institutions throughout Israel. In cooperation with the Jewish National Fund, it has also sponsored several settlements and other projects in Israel.
The annual meeting of the Farband board of directors acts as the policy-making body of the organization between national conventions, which are held every four years. The 20th national convention, which will culminate the organization’s 50th Anniversary Year, will be held in New York during the last week in 1963, Mr. Brown said.