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Bus for Jewish Elderly

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Paced by the Washington Region of the Women’s American ORT, five Jewish groups are raising; funds to purchase a bus for use by the area’s estimated 8000 Jewish elderly poor known to be in need of aid. There are some 120,000 Jews in the Greater Washington area. A survey showed that the most crucial need for the area’s elderly Jews is adequate transportation, according to Mrs. Gay Goden, president of ORT’s Washington Region. The Jewish Social Service Agency of Greater Washington will conduct the bus service.

Besides ORT, organizations in the campaign include the B’nai B’rith Women, the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary, Mizrachi and Pioneer Women. A pilot project for providing free bus service to physically and mentally impaired elderly has been underway for more than a year in the Bronx where a bus is stationed at Montefiore Hospital.

United Hias Service, the worldwide Jewish migration agency, reported that 12 Jewish emigrants, comprising three family units from the Soviet Union, arrived at Kennedy Airport last week They were reunited with relatives in Brooklyn, N.Y and Pittsburgh. Five of the new arrivals entered this country through the parole authority of the U.S. Attorney General.

The number of Dutch tourists to Israel increased from 17,000 in 1971, to 21,000 in 1972, the Israeli tourist office announced today in Amsterdam.

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