NEW YORK (Oct. 18)
Financial help totaling 250,000 Israeli pounds ($83,000) was made available this year to American and Canadian settlers in Israel through a special General Zionist Fund, Samuel Daroff, president of the American Jewish League for Israel, reported here.
He told a meeting of the League’s board that the funds were provided through the Constructive Fund of the World Confederation of General Zionists. The League and Hadassah are American members of the Confederation. Mr. Daroff told the board that many American and Canadian newcomers did not meet the qualifications of the Jewish Agency or other agencies to get "vitally needed" loans to start a business or profession, or for mortgage loans for housing.
Mr. Daroff said also that, in 1967, more than 2,000 such Jews would settle in Israel. The board adopted unanimously a resolution urging the Fund to make available 1,500,000 Israeli pounds ($500,000) for such aid during 1967. Another resolution called for formation of a joint committee of the League, Hadassah and United States members of the World Confederation to study ways of increasing aid to the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, which disburses those grants. Among board members present at the meeting were Samuel Rothberg, Eleazar Lipsky, Ezra Shapiro, Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld and Robert Bernstein.