Ben-gurion Arrives in U.S. Today; 400 Jewish Leaders to Welcome Him

More than 400 Jewish lay and religious leaders, representing 50 national Jewish organizations, will meet David Ben-Gurion, former Prime Minister of Israel, at Kennedy International Airport upon his arrival here tomorrow for a three-week stay in the United States, where Jewish communities will celebrate his 80th birthday.

The invitation to Mr. Ben-Gurion to come to the United States was extended by the United Jewish Appeal and the “Public Committee for the Celebration of the 80th Birthday of David Ben-Gurion” of which Max M. Fisher, general chairman of the UJA is also chairman. The Committee is composed of Jewish organizations representing every shade of opinion in the Jewish community.

Mr. Ben-Gurion will visit five major cities on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal’s 1967 national campaign. They are Philadelphia, on March 6; Los Angeles, March 8; Chicago, March 11; New York, March 13; and Boston, March 19. He will also address the Israel Bond Organization’s Annual Banquet at the Fontainebleu Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. on March 4. In each of these cities, Mr. Ben-Gurion will also meet with Jewish leaders on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal’s Israel Education Fund which is conducting a capital fund program to build and equip schools, libraries and youth centers in Israel.

While here, Mr. Ben-Gurion will be the guest of college students and faculty members at the following institutions of higher learning: Hebrew Union College –Jewish Institute of Religion, Jewish Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University and New York University, in New York City; Dropsie and Gratz Colleges in Philadelphia; the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations of the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles; the University of Illinois and other universities in the Chicago area; and in Boston, the Boston Hebrew College, Harvard University, Brandeis University and Boston University.

In New York, Mr. Ben-Gurion will receive the Herbert H. Lehman Memorial Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Achievement at the Inaugural Dinner of the United Jewish Appeal at which Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller will be one of the principal speakers. The award was established by the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York in the form of a bronze medallion. One of its previous recipients was Edward M. M. Warburg, New York UJA president.

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