Jewish Agency Reports Increase in Aliyah from U.S. During Year

A total of 1,749 Americans and Canadians settled in Israel during the past Jewish year as a part of the aliyah program of the American Section of the Jewish Agency, it was reported today. This is an increase of 150 over the figures for the previous Jewish year.

In making the figures public, Louis Segal and Rabbi M. Kirshblum, members of the Jewish Agency executive in charge of the Aliyah Department, said that the largest group of immigrants during the past year were classified as professional, 349, or 20 per cent of the total, with an additional 53 listed as skilled workers. Another large group was that of retired men and women, totaling 270.

Almost 500 of the newcomers to Israel planned to spend their first half year as parts of Ulpan groups, an intensive program for the study of modern Hebrew. Two hundred and forty of this group were adults, and 214 were students who went to study at the Hebrew University and Technion who had made definite plans to settle in Israel permanently. Eighty-six of the new Israelis were young Zionist chalutzim who had trained in this country prior to their settlement in Israel.

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