Pioneer Women Set $2,750,000 Goal for Welfare Activities in Israel

Pioneer Women, the Women’s Labor Zionist Organization of America, pledged last night to raise $2,750,000 in a two-year period to finance the organization’s welfare program in Israel. The goal, announced by Mrs. Sidney A. Leff, national president, was adopted at the organization’s 18th national biennial convention here. The program, which will be carried out by Moetzet Hapoalot, the Israel Working Women’s Council, sister organization of Pioneer Women, includes child care activities, vocational, agricultural and rehabilitation projects.

At a symposium tonight on a “positive approach to Jewish survival, Jewish Women’s role, “Rabbi Morris Adler, of Detroit, urged the formation of a national adult Jewish education council to sponsor a variety of programs, both formal and informal, that would aim to educate American Jews in their traditions and culture, Rabbi Adler stated. “Through summer institutes, weekend seminars, forums and panel discussions, as well as by written work, such a council would bring to a large number of Jews the best in Jewish thought, art, ethics and scholarship,” he told the 600 delegates. He asserted that “the American Jewish woman is challenged to come to the fore in broadening the cultural horizons of our community. “

I. L. Kenen, editor, Near East Report, speaking on “relationship with Israel, ” stated that “we will make progress toward peace in the Near East when the international community has the courage to isolate and outlaw those who persist in belligerent policies and preparations to carry them out. “

Mr. Kenen told the delegates: “For a long time, the Near East has been a free zone for belligerence and aggression, where nations could shoot at each other, immune from international intervention and censure. The major reason for this has been the cold war. The great powers have feared to antagonize the Arabs. ” He added: “Now that the United States and the Soviet Union are talking to each other, there is a faint hope that the Arabs will agree to accept the reality of Israel and negotiate for an end to the arms race. “

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