TEL AVIV (Nov. 20)
Aryeh L. Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency and head of its aliyah (immigration) department, told a press conference today he was going to the United States on Friday to try to complete establishment of an over-all Zionist Federation. He said he would seek to broaden the scope of the Jewish Agency by inclusion of many organizations that contribute to Israel but are not represented in Zionist councils. Both projects represent the implementation of decisions reached by the 27th World Zionist Congress held in Jerusalem last June.
Mr. Pincus stressed the importance of including in the Jewish Agency the leaders of fund-raising campaigns for Israel and of the welfare funds that contribute to those campaigns. He said another stage in the Jewish Agency’s expansion will be inclusion of such organizations as B’nai B’rith and various religious blocs in order to rally as many pro-Israel groups as possible under a single roof.
Mr. Pincus said the Jewish Agency and the Israel Government would invite 200 campaign leaders in the U.S. to a discussion of Israel’s needs in education, housing, welfare and culture and the primary problem of immigration. He said another meeting, set for Jan. 9, to be attended by Jewish leaders from abroad, would be a “spiritual confrontation” and dialogue between Israel and diaspora Jewry. He announced that the Jewish Agency has started a campaign on American campuses to involve Jewish students in Israel interests as a means of blocking assimilation. He said special academic emissaries and Israeli students on American campuses were cooperating. Mr. Pincus said it was important that aliyah (immigration) from the U.S. and Canada increase 100 percent in the next three years and immigration from France 300 percent.