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Agreement Signed for Pavilion on Israel at World’s Fair in New York

Plans for a pavilion at the New York 1964-1965 World’s Fair, which will display the products and art of Israel and highlight the history and culture of the Jewish people in relation to the Holy Land, were Jointly announced here today by the New York World’s Fair Corporation and the American-Israel World’s Fair Corporation.

Agreements for the leasing of the land and the construction of the pavilion were signed in ceremonies held at the office of the World’s Fair Corporation by former Governor Charles Poletti, Fair vice president in charge of International Affairs and Exhibits, and Harold S. Caplin, chairman of the Board of the American-Israel World’s Fair Corporation. The Israeli Government had planned to have its own pavilion at the fair, but found that it would be too costly.

Nathan Straus III, president of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated that the chamber initiated this project in order to have a pavilion at the World’s Fair which will “depict the history and culture of the Jewish people in relation to the Holy Land, the era of the Old Testament and the Old Testament itself: to display, promote and sell arts, products and services of Israel; and to stress American interest and participation in Israel.”

The pavilion will be built on a site of 14,450 square feet in the Fair’s International Area at the crossroads of the Avenue of Europe and the Avenue of Africa. In addition to the main exhibit area, the pavilion will have sections for the display and sale of products from Israel, as well as a restaurant-snack bar, which will specialize in Israeli and Kosher products.