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First University Study Mission of U.J.A. Leaves for Survey of Jewish Needs Abroad

A group of 26 college and university students left Kennedy International Airport today on the first lap of a two months survey of Jewish life and welfare programs supported by the United Jewish Appeal in Europe and Israel. This is the first University Study Mission to be organized by the UJA. Its members are in the 18 to 24 age bracket and were chosen for qualities of leadership on the campus and for leadership potential in their home communities. The group members will pay their own way on the tour.

The plan for a University Study Mission was originated early in the year by Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman, UJA executive vice-chairman, as a logical follow-up of the UJA’s highly successful annual Young Leadership Missions, the first of which he led in 1961. Heading the group is Rabbi Zelig S. Chinitz of New York, national director of special services of the UJA.

In Europe, the group will spend its first month in France, Switzerland. Germany, Austria and Greece, arriving in Israel for its second month on July 13. They will return to the United State on August 16. They will visit all the major cities of Israel, as well as new immigrant settlement towns, farm cooperatives and archeological excavations. The group will focus its study on the problems and needs of young immigrants who are being aided in their settlement by funds from the United Jewish Appeal.

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