JERUSALEM (Jan. 6)
The Jewish Agency Executive adopted a record $375 million budget for fiscal 1969 — $55 million greater than the 1968 budget. The new fiscal year will begin on April 1. Aryeh L. Dulcin, the Jewish Agency treasurer who submitted the budget at a meeting of the Executive yesterday, said it was based on anticipated increases in income from the 1969 Emergency Fund campaign for Israel which he hoped would yield more than the 1968 campaign.
The larger budget for fiscal 1969 anticipates an increase in immigration. Last year 30,941 new immigrants arrived; at last 35,000 are expected this year. The Jewish Agency’s director-general, Moshe Rivlin, said that figure was a conservative estimate.
The largest item on the new budget is immigrant absorption and housing, followed by agricultural settlement, youth aliyah, youth and chalutz training, organization and information, education and culture and Torah education and culture in the Diaspora. About $13 million will be earmarked to pay old debts dating from the early 1950s when mass immigration was at its peak.
According to reports submitted to the Executive, total immigration from the United States and Canada in 1968 was 5,090 compared to 2,402 in 1967. The Jewish Agency brought 3,876 students to Israel in 1967 and the same number in 1968 of whom 3,300 registered upon arrival as immigrants.