Hadassah Adopts $9.9 Million Budget, Votes to Sponsor New Youth Movement

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, adopted today at its 53rd annual convention here a goal of $9,898,500 for its 1967-68 programs in Israel and budgeted $1,629,074 for its United States program. The 2,000 delegates also reelected Mrs. Mortimer Jacobson to a fourth one-year term as president.

The Israeli programs goal included $6,000,000 for the Hadassah medical organization. $2,300,000 for Youth Aliyah, $700,000 for the Jewish National Fund, $650,000 for its vocational education program, and $100,000 for Hadassah supplies.

In another action, the delegates agreed to sponsor Young Judea and to create a new and expanded Zionist youth movement in this country. Mrs. Jacobson said that the new Hadassah youth movement would include boys and girls, and young men and women, from nine to 25 years. She said it was being launched with a membership base of 15,000, made up of members of Young Judea and Junior Hadassah. She also reported that a third group for young adults from 18 to 25 was being organized and would have its founding convention in November. She said Junior Hadassah members and Young Judean graduates in the 18 to 25 age category would form the nucleus of the third group.

Asserting that only one-third of some 1,000,000 Jewish young people were affiliated with Jewish youth groups, she said the new group would be aimed at “the unaffiliated and uncommitted” and would not compete with existing American Jewish youth groups. She added that the new group would offer a wide range of seminars and year around club activities, including summer group programs in this country and summer institutes and year around study courses in Israel, as well as scholarship programs for study in Israel.

She stated that the new youth group would have an initial budget of $500,000 to be provided by Hadassah. Young Judea formally asked for Hadassah sponsorship because of the scheduled dissolution of the American Zionist Youth Commission through which Hadassah, in partnership with the Zionist Organization of America, had sponsored Young Judea since 1941.

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