NEW YORK (Aug. 5)
The United Jewish Appeal’s fifth annual Young Leadership Mission returned here today following an intensive 23-day survey of the Jewish immigration absorption needs in Israel and refugee aid programs in France, Austria and Greece which are aided by UJA funds.
The group was composed of 108 members from 32 communities. Members of the Mission, all in the 25-to-40 age bracket, were representatives of a body of some 9,000 young community leaders throughout the country taking part in an over-all Young Leadership program developed by the UJA as a permanent part of its campaign structure. Each Mission member paid his own way. The Mission was led by Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman, UJA executive vice-chairman. Chairman of this year’s Mission was Irwin S. Field, of Los Angeles.
Mission members saw at first hand the life-sustaining programs carried out by the Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel, the two major agencies of the United Jewish Appeal. In Europe, Mission members saw at first hand how UJA funds aided Jewish refugees at such points as Paris, Athens and Vienna. In Israel they spent 15 days studying the unusually heavy immigration now in its fifth consecutive year, and the concurrent problem of resettling and absorbing this mass immigration into the life and economy of the nation. They witnessed the arrival of new immigrants by ship and plane, and saw them settled in homes in newly-developed areas throughout the country.