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International Bond Conference to Pay Memorial Tribute to Sapir

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More than 600 Jewish leaders from the United States and Canada meeting tomorrow here at the International Fall Leadership Planning Conference of the Israel Bond Organization, will pay a special tribute to the memory of Pinhas Sapir, the Israeli leader who died last week, it was announced by Sam Rothberg, general chairman, Rothberg, Louis H. Boyar, honorary chairman and Michael Arnon, president of the Israel Bond Organization, represented the Bond Organization at the funeral services for Sapir in Jerusalem last Thursday.

In announcing the tribute to the pioneer leader in the creation of the State of Israel, Rothberg emphasized that “a close day-to-day relationship existed between the Bond Organization and Sapir during the twelve years he served as Israel’s Minister of Finance.” It was during this period from 1968 to 1974, Rothberg said, “that the Israel Bond campaign, inspired and stimulated by Pinhas Sapir’s forceful leadership, achieved its greatest growth as a source of large-scale funds for Israel’s economic development.”

The international conference, convened for the purpose of inaugurating the Israel Bond campaign for the fall, will have as its principal speaker, Ambassador Chaim Herzog in his first public appearance since assuming the post of head of Israel’s delegation at the United Nations.

‘BALLOTS’ FOR ISRAEL

Addressing one of the first sessions of the weekend conference, Rabbi Leon Kronish, of Miami, national campaign co-chairman and chairman of the Israel Bond rabbinic cabinet, is scheduled to report that a record number of 1100 synagogues will participate in the High Holiday program in which congregants will be enlisted in a nationwide “vote for a strong Israel.” He said their Bond subscriptions will be recorded as “ballots” in demonstrating American and Canadian Jewry’s solidarity with the people of Israel in the present critical period of peace negotiations.

In addition, the first phase of the fall drive will also be marked by intensive effort in the general business community. Arnon declared that an increased number of banks, business corporations, and trade unions will be approached for the purchase of Israel Bonds as their answer to the Arab boycott and blacklist aimed at firms which do business with Israel.

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