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WZO Establishes Departments to Deal with Sephardi Communities. Youth

The World Zionist Executive has decided to establish a department for activating Sephardi and Oriental communities abroad in Zionist work and for coordinating the efforts to close the social gap in Israel.

The Executive also decided to establish a department to deal with the younger generation in Zionist federations abroad. Anxiety had been expressed by many Zionist leaders regarding the continuation of Zionist work once the present generation of leaders bow out. This department is to be headed by the Executive’s chairman, Louis Pincus, and will coordinate its activities with the Department of Organization and Information. During the coming year it will conduct a survey to ascertain the scope of the problem.

The department for Sephardi communities will be headed by Executive member Andre Narboni who represents the Sephardic on the Executive. Its director will be Mordechai Mevorach. Its task will be to coordinate the work of all the national and public bodies engaged in the specific problems of Orientals and Sephardic – mainly dealing with the social gap in Israel. The department will also be in touch with Sephardi communities in the diaspora.

The treasurer of the Executive, Leon Dulzin said that two-thirds of the entire expenditure of the Jewish Agency – as distinct from that of the World Zionist Organization – is devoted to projects connected with the Oriental and Sephardi community.

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