LONDON (Jan. 31)
The Jewish Colonization Association voted today to increase its contributions to the United Hias Service for transportation of Jewish emigrants from East Europe and North Africa to countries outside of Israel, and to the World ORT Union for Jewish vocational training in various countries.
At a meeting of its Administration Council, the JCA also approved grants for the agriculture faculty at Hebrew University, for the general budget of Mikveh Israel Agriculture School in Israel, Youth Aliyah, the plant genetics section of the Weizmann Institute, the scholarship fund of Israel for scholars and students at agricultural training establishments, the Alliance Israelite Universelle for its general education program and a specific grant for the Jerusalem Trade School.
The Council also approved an expansion of JCA participation in a project for three settlements of 50 farm units each in Israel after hearing a report by Dr. Eliahu Elath, an Israeli member of the Council, on a recent tour of inspection in western Galilee. There the JCA is collaborating with the Jewish Agency in setting up new farm settlements. He said good progress was being made in the construction of settlements and in land reclamation and rehabilitation work generally. He added it was hoped that the first farm units would be ready for occupancy by August.
Further progress or extension of other settlements in Israel which the JCA either founded or assisted in founding will be facilitated this year by JCA credits to finance construction projects and by helping the sons of colonists to be placed on farms of their own. The JCA also scheduled revolving funds for short-term farm loans for the erection of communal halls in such projects and related activities.
The JCA also will continue its programs in connection with the integration of immigrants in countries of reception, including France. Other JCA-supported programs to receive continued backing is Jewish social service in Belgium, loans, housing funds and cooperative building societies for immigrants to Australia, farm settlement and farm development loans for newcomers to Canada and to a loan institution in Toronto, Sir Henryd Avigdor-Goldsmid, Member of Parliament, was reelected JCA president. Rene Mayer of France and Max Gottschalk of Belgium were again named vice-presidents.