NEW YORK (Oct. 8)
One year after the Yom Kippur War, more than 200 American Jewish leaders from communities across the United States will visit Israel Oct. 14-21, as participate in the 1975 United Jewish Appeal Study Conference, Paul Zuckerman, UJA general chairman announced yesterday.
The eight-day fact-finding mission is charged with studying in depth the social and economic aftermath of the October 1973 war as it relates to the urgent needs of UJA-sponsored humanitarian programs in Israel. Mission members will visit a number of Israeli development towns, a new immigrant hostel, children’s workshops, plus various other UJA funded projects.
Conference participants are scheduled to be briefed by Jewish Agency officials, and to meet with Israeli dignitaries including: Premier Yitzhak Rabin. President Ephraim Katzir. Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Yigal Allon, Defense Minister Shimon Peres. Finance Minister Yehoshua Rabinowitz, Jewish Agency Chairman, Pinhas Sapir, Golda Meir and Moshe Dayan. High-lights of the mission include visits to Maalot, Kiryat Shemona and Safed; a special ceremony, at the Western Wall; a presentation on Sephardic Jewry; and a program honoring the 60th anniversary of the Joint Distribution Committee.
“No time could be more appropriate for this select group of American Jewish leadership to visit Israel and demonstrate the unity of our people.” Zuckerman stated. “This year’s Study Conference has been carefully planned to enable each participant to learn first-hand the extent of the human crisis the people of Israel face at this hour…it promises to be an experience that will continue to solidify the inspired leadership necessary for the success of our critical 1975 campaign.”
Prior to the Study Conference in Israel, some 70 mission members will also participate in three sub-missions to Rumania, Iran and Poland, to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish history and the conditions of the Jewish people in Eastern Europe.