DENVER (Sep. 5)
Hadassah ended its four-day 59th annual convention here with the adoption of a series of resolutions and statements calling on the U.S. government to continue to press for forceful international action to outlaw terrorist crimes, to deny most-favored-nation status to the Soviet Union, to continue to support the concept that the way to lasting peace in the Middle East is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Arab states, and called on the Senate to ratify the genocide convention.
Florence S. Perlman, national treasurer, announced new quotas for Hadassah’s health, educational, rehabilitation and land reclamation services. The quotas in Israel are; Hadassah Medical Organization (Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center), $7 million; youth aliya (267 children’s villages and day centers caring for more than 12,000 annually), $2.1 million; Hadassah Israel Education Services (community college, Seligsberg-Brandeis Comprehensive High School and the Hadassah Vocational Guidance Institute), $1 million; and the Jewish National Fund, $700,000.
In the United States, Hadassah’s quota is $2,795,872. For youth activities which include Young Judea, Rashachar, year-course and summer in Israel programs, the quota is $800,000. Ruth Popkin, national youth activities chairman, reported that the youth activities will be expanded. These include year-round education and recreation for youths from the age of 8 to 25, eight summer camps in the U.S., a Scout exchange program with Israel, and the-year-course and summer in Israel programs for American youth.
Rose Goldman, national membership chairman, announced that Hadassah’s membership is now over 325,000. “When you consider that more women today have joined the work force than ever before and that more families are spreading out from the urban centers, this is a remarkable statistic,” she said. Mrs. Goldman also noted that the Hadassah membership is a young one, with the largest group in the 25-50 age range.
Five hundred housing units will be made available in Israeli development areas for young adults who cannot be accommodated in their parents’ moshavim for lack of land. Housing Minister Zeev Sharef stated yesterday in Jerusalem that the housing is being arranged in conjunction with the settlement institutions and the moshav movement. Sharef was addressing a regional conference of moshav members from the northern Negev.