French Government Represented at Annual Meeting of Alliance Israelite Universelle

French Government representatives and foreign diplomats attended the annual general meeting here of the Alliance Israelite Universelle, an organization that maintains a network of Jewish schools in North Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. They heard Eugene Weill, secretary-general of the Alliance, report that it was supporting 79 educational institutions with a total student body of 20,000. It was reported that preparations were under way for the celebration next year of the 100th anniversary of Mikveh Israel, the pioneer agricultural school in Israel which the Alliance founded.

Attending the meeting, under the chairmanship of Nobel Laureate Rene Cassin, were Israel’s Ambassador to France, Walter Eytan; France’s Ambassador to Israel, Francis Hure; representatives of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education; Dr. Moshe Avigdor, Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO; Chief Rabbi Jacob Kaplan of France and Chief Rabbi Meyer Jais of Paris.

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