Ben-gurion Will Be Guest of Honor at Closing Ceremonies of French UJA

Former Israeli Premier David Ben-Gurion will be guest of honor at closing ceremonies of the 1969 French United Jewish Appeal (UJA) campaign next month. Mr. Ben-Gurion, who is scheduled to arrive here Oct. 24, will address a meeting of major contributors and another of representatives of youth organizations. Mr. Ben-Gurion’s visit was announced by the co-presidents of the French UJA, Jean Rosenthal and Michel Topiol, who also announced that as of Sept. 1, the 1969 UJA campaign in France has equaled the total raised throughout 1968—over $5 million.

Mr. Ben-Gurion’s appearance will culminate a week of mass meetings and public gatherings which will mark this year’s campaign here. The week, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 20, will include an evening of 15 meetings to be held simultaneously in theaters and cinemas throughout Paris. A film produced by the Central Jewish Welfare Organization in France will be shown. There is speculation in the French press that Mr. Ben-Gurion may use the occasion of his visit to France to meet with former President Charles de Gaulle at the latter’s country retreat at Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises.

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