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First Conference of Latin American Organization in Israel Slated for January

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The first conference of Latin American Jewish Organizations to be held in Israel will convene in Jerusalem from Jan. 27-31, 1969, it was announced here today. According to Michael Graiver, executive secretary for the parley, its purposes will be to stimulate Jewish immigration and tourism from Latin America to Israel and to increase Israeli exports to Latin American countries.

Mr. Graiver said that last year the rate of aliyah (immigration) from Latin America was only about 150 a month — a small number compared to other countries. He said that of 40,000 to 50,000 Latin American Jews who travel to Europe each year as tourists, only about 4,000 extend their journeys to Israel. He also noted that Israel’s exports to Latin America during the first six months of 1968 amounted to only $3.5 million against imports of $8 million.

In Buenos Aires, Joseph Klarman, head of the Jewish Agency’s Youth Aliyah Department, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he had instructed the department’s representative in Vienna to offer to children and young refugees from Czechoslovakia maximum assistance for emigration to Israel and their speedy absorption in Youth Aliyah institutions there. Dr. Klarman is currently visiting Latin American centers.

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