JERUSALEM (Jan. 15)
In two formal moves here today, Yosef Almogi was elected a member of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors and acting chairman of the Agency Executive. Later in the day he formally resigned as Mayor of Haifa, handing the seals of office to his deputy, veteran Laborite Yeruham Zeizel. The Board of Governors was convened in special session by its chairman Max Fisher of Detroit, to elect Almogi a member in place of the late Pinhas Sapir.
Fifteen of its 42 members attending, constituted a quorum. Fisher was not present, but two overseas members were: Sam Rothberg of Peoria, Ill., here as head of the Israel Bond mission, and Michel Topiol of Paris. After the Board of Governors met the Agency Executive convened under the chairmanship of Ezra Shapiro. The Jewish Agency Assembly, which convenes here in July, is empowered to elect Almogi chairman of the Agency Executive. In brief words of thanks, Almogi praised his opponent for the WZO chairmanship, Leon Dulzin, for having conducted a fair and decent election campaign and for the fine way in which he handed over the office of acting chairman.