18,000 New Yorkers Fill Madison Square Garden at Chanukah Festival
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18,000 New Yorkers Fill Madison Square Garden at Chanukah Festival

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A capacity audience of more than 18,000 New Yorkers filled Madison Square Garden this evening to attend the Chanukah Festival for Israel Bonds. The event was a culminating highlight of the 1965 campaign in Greater New York to raise $20,000,000 through the sale of Israel bonds to advance the economic development of Israel.

To accommodate a majority of 1965 Israel bond buyers, a second and third performance of the Chanukah Festival will be held on Monday evenings, December 20 and January 3 in Madison Square Garden. Admission is free to those who purchase Israel bonds for the current year.

William Goldfine, campaign chairman of the New York City Israel bond drive, told the audience that Israel bond funds helped to advance every phase of Israel’s economy, including the expansion of industry, the building of roads, harbors and railways, the construction of irrigation pipelines, the expansion of agricultural production and the exploitation of mineral resources.

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