NEW YORK (Jun. 18)
“The telling sacrifices Israelis make for their culture and art” are the best indication of Israel’s will to survive, it was asserted by William Mazer, president of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, which finances and coordinates U.S.-Israeli cultural projects. Mr. Mazer reported Tuesday to the foundation’s officers and board that the foundation’s Sharett Fund for Young Artists raised $57,340 this year, compared with $17,200 last year. Among the year’s projects cited by Mr. Mazer were the granting of more than 300 music and art scholarships to young Israelis; the creation of a Vocal Department at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem; and the establishment of “Culture-for-the-People” and concert programs. Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli ambassador to the United States, urged the foundation to maintain its cultural projects, which he called vital to his nation’s spirit. Sir Isaac Wolfson of London was one of five newly elected board members. Sol M. Linowitz, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States, was one of three elected to the advisory board. Violinist Isaac Stern is chairman of the board.