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Jewish Colonization Association Adopts Plans for 1964 Activities

Plans and budget allocations for the activities of the Jewish Colonization Association in various countries during 1964, were adopted today at a meeting of the organization’s Council of Administration. Sir Henry d’Avigdor Goldsmid, member of Parliament, was re elected president, and Rene Mayer of France and Max Gottschalk of Belgium were named vice-presidents.

In Israel, further progress of settlements which the JCA founded, or in the development of which JCA is participating, will be facilitated through such measures as credits for the setting up of farms for the sons of colonists, revolving funds for short term farm loans, the creation of communal halls and the installation of facilities for the industrialization of various products.

While the Joint program with the Jewish Agency for the consolidation of the agricultural and economic position of underdeveloped settlements is nearing its end, the Association is now considering the extension of its area of cooperation with the Agency in the sphere of agricultural settlement, it was stated.

Work for the integration of immigrants in other countries will continue, it was announced. The JCA is one of the principal contributors to a housing fund set up in France in collaboration with other organizations for the benefit of refugees and repatriates from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The Association also sponsors a housing fund and a sheltered workshop scheme in Brazil Jointly with the United Hias Service and is engaged in various other loan activities for the assistance of immigrants in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada and France.

The Association’s traditional interest in education and vocational and agricultural training will be maintained, it was noted. Examples of such grants in this field approved at the meeting are a contribution to the budget of the Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University, financial aid for the construction of a new assembly hall at the Mikveh Israel Agricultural-School in Israel, a grant for the Vera. Weizmann. Youth Day Center at Ofakim, a contribution to the budget of the Plant-Genetics Section of the Weizmann Institute and support of various projects of ORT and the Alliance Israelite Universelle.

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