NEW YORK (Oct. 12)
About 215 Jewish leaders from 40 communities in the United States left their homes this weekend for the 11th annual United Jewish Appeal Study Mission in Europe and Israel, which will open with a conference in Rome tomorrow. The group comprises the largest study mission ever conducted by the UJA.
Max M. Fisher, of Detroit, general chairman of the UJA and mission leader, said that the Rome session would last four days. After that, most of the participants will fly to Israel for a 12-day tour of the entire country, during which they will confer with virtually every leader of the Israel Government and inspect the various large-scale enterprises in Israel for the absorption and housing of Jewish immigrants.
Some members of the group went to Copenhagen before proceeding to Israel, to be guests of honor at a reception to be given tomorrow in the Danish capital by Crown Princess Margareth, Regent of Denmark. This group included donors to the costs of constructing a $1,000,000 new school in Jerusalem, to be named the Denmark School, as a tribute to the Danish people’s efforts in saving nearly all of Danish Jewry during the Nazi occupation. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the school will be held in Jerusalem next week. The school is to be built under the auspices of the UJA-Israel Education Fund, of which Charles J. Bensley is president.
As a result of the mission’s studies, Mr. Fisher said, a report will be presented at the UJA’s annual, national conference, to be held in New York in December, at which plans will be mapped for the 1966 UJA campaign.