NEW YORK (Dec. 28)
A blueprint for new organizational procedures, more intensive educational and cultural activities oriented to the younger elements of American Jewry, and social action programs dealing with vital questions affecting American, Jewish, and Israeli concerns was adopted by the National Advisory Board of Farband-Labor Zionist Order at its annual meeting here.
Among the resolutions passed by the three-day conclave were sharp protests against deferral of indemnification payments by the West German Government, and against the proposed infusion of highly sophisticated weapons including jets, missiles and related materiel by a British-American consortium to Saudi Arabia valued at $400,000,000. The delegates urged the United States to help combat disease, poverty, and illiteracy in the Middle East instead, and to seek to bring the Arab states and Israel to the peace table.
The National Advisory Board, the highest deliberation body in Farband, which meets once a year between the quadrennial conventions of the organization, studied plans for the new Louis Segal Cultural Center in New York. The delegates placed particular emphasis upon the development plans for Kiryat Segal, the new Farband community-in-formation in Israel which will bear the name of the late general secretary of the organization who was active in the leadership of the American Jewish community and in Israel projects.
In addition the convocation evaluated Farband activities and projects on the American scene and in Israel. The delegates also discussed new developments in American-Israeli relationships. Samuel Bonchek is president of the fraternal order which has a membership of more than 40,000 persons.