Canadian Zionist Federation to ‘adopt Kiryat Shemona

The Canadian Zionist Federation will “adopt” Kiryat Shemona, the Upper Galilee township that has suffered severely from terrorist assaults and Syrian shelling during the Yom Kippur War, it was reported here. Dr. M. Kronitz, chairman of the Federation which has its headquarters in Montreal, disclosed the plan to Moshe Gilboa, information director of the World Zionist Organization and associate director general of the Jewish Agency’s Organization and Information Department, who returned last week from a visit to North America.

According to Gilboa, the CZF will encourage contacts between Canadian Zionists and Kiryat Shemona residents, the exchange of school children and an exchange of visits between Canadian Zionists and people of Kiryat Shemona. Material aid to the hard-pressed town is also under consideration, Gilboa said.

He said a central information office will be set up in Canada and lecturers from Israel will pay frequent visits to Canadian Jewish communities as part of an information drive to be coordinated by a special committee of the CZF. Gilboa also reported that a Zionist information center will be established in Chicago. He said he reached an agreement with Reform bodies in the U.S. that affiliated with the WZO this year for an extensive information drive in their communities.

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