National Committee for Labor Israel to Launch $11 Million Campaign

Plans for the launching of an $11 million campaign here in 1968 as part of the $50 million Histadrut health, education and welfare program in Israel, were formulated here today at the quarterly meeting of the National Committee for Labor Israel. Dr. Sol Stein, executive director of the National Committee for Labor Israel, said $6 million in cash will be sought through the Israel Histadrut campaign, while $5 million will be raised in long-term commitments through the American Histadrut Development Foundation.

Histadrut’s $50 million health, education and welfare program in Israel, he reported, included the following:

Five new hospitals and 60 clinics, costing $16.5 million; three new colleges in Haifa, Beersheba and Jerusalem, costing $10 million; 16 new vocational schools, costing $8 million, doubling the present vocational school system; a $6.3 million two-year plan for expansion of facilities for older persons and for orphans.

Also $4 million for rehabilitation of Arab workers; $3 million for construction of community, medical educational and cultural facilities in Jerusalem, including the former “Old City” section of the capital; and $2,200,000 to increase Histadrut’s scholarship fund.

Dr. Stein also disclosed plans for a four-year program to accelerate the activities of the American Histadrut Cultural Exchange Institute, activities of the American Trade Union Council for Histadrut, summer youth programs in Israel, and other projects. Charles H. Zimmerman, board chairman, announced that the national committee’s annual convention will be held in New York, November 23-26. Yeruham Meshel, head of the trade union department of Histadrut in Israel, reported on conditions in Israel and Histadrut plans to expand cooperative ventures.

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