NEW YORK (May. 19)
Moses I. Leavitt, executive vice-chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, was honored here today on the occasion of his 70th birthday at a luncheon sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York, He was presented with a plaque by the UJA on the occasion. The presentation was made by Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, vice-president of the Israel Bond Organization.
Among the speakers who paid tribute to Mr. Leavitt was Avraham Harman, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, who hailed the pioneering work of Mr. Leavitt and the role of the JDC in aiding needy Jews throughout the world. The luncheon also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the JDC, the 80th anniversary of the United Hias Service, and the 35th anniversary of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Monroe Goldwater presented plaques to representatives of the three agencies. Edward M.M. Warburg, chairman of the JDC, accepted for that organization. Murray Gurfein, president of United Hias Service, accepted for his organization, and Mrs. Rose Halprin, chairman of the American section of the Jewish Agency, accepted for the Jewish Agency.