TORONTO (Oct. 16)
In an effort to create community support of aliya and in order to increase Jewish immigration to Israel, an all-Canada aliya conference will take place here Sunday at the Airport Hilton Hotel. The objectives of the all-day session are to stimulate interest and activity of aliya on all levels in the Jewish community, and to dramatize the need for and support of aliya as a priority of Canadian Jews.
Gordon Brown, a prominent Canadian Zionist leader and chairman of the conference said of the event, “I believe that with combined efforts and by pooling our resources, we may be able to chart a course for innovative approaches to aliya from Canada,” With the cooperation of the Canadian Zionist Federation, Brown has drawn to the conference leaders from all over Canada representing a wide range of Jewish and Zionist interests. Prof. Yehuda Bauer, head of the institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will be featured as Sunday’s keynote speaker, addressing the delegates on the importance of aliya for the future survival of the Jewish State.
Brown is a past president of the United Israel Appeal of Canada and of the Allied Jewish Community Services of Montreal. He was also a former member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and chairman of the combined Jewish Appeal in Montreal.
The work of the Aliya Council would supplement and assist the regional Israel Aliya Center emissaries in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Similar regional aliya councils have already been established in Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia and Cleveland, and future conferences will be conducted in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Seattle and Los Angeles.