Tel Aviv (Oct. 20)
About 350 American Jewish community leaders comprising a United Jewish Appeal study mission currently in Israel, led by UJA General Chairman Edward Ginsberg of Cleveland, were at Lydda Airport this morning to welcome 450 immigrants arriving from the Soviet Union and other countries and to witness how Israeli Absorption Ministry officials process them and send them on to their new homes. The three jets that landed came from Vienna with Russian Jews and from France, India and Iran. They brought one of the largest number of newcomers to land in a single day but the processing went smoothly and the olim were soon on their way to flats in various cities and towns. Hillel Ashkenazi, director general of the Absorption Ministry, said the composition of Russian immigration is changing. The families arriving are larger than before and contain fewer academicians and more children.