JERUSALEM (Sep. 21)
A number of resolutions designed to strengthen the upcoming 1977 campaign were passed yesterday at the closing of the European conference of Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal in Lausanne, Switzerland. This was reported to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency by Keren Hayesod’s head office in Jerusalem.
Participating were more than 200 delegates from 11 countries, including France, Britain, Switzerland, West Germany, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Monaco. The conference called upon Jewish communities to intensify fund-raising efforts, in order to provide the income for the $502 million budget of the Jewish Agency for the current fiscal year.
The conference opened Saturday night with a message by Yosef Almogi, chairman of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency Executives, who stressed the pivotal role of Keren Hayesod in Jewish communities throughout the diaspora. “We live in an era of risks and opportunities.” he told the delegates. “The choice between them, and our hopes for the future, depend on you, and the Jewish communities which you represent.”
the European conference, the first in seven years, was the major event in conjunction with the launching of next year’s campaign. Other resolutions dealt with the need to strengthen the involvement of young leadership and women’s divisions in campaign work, to develop mass campaign activities designed to reach the broad Jewish population, and to increase the number of study missions visiting Israel.
The resolutions also reiterated the centrality of the overall campaign for Israel’s human and social needs, in accordance with the recent general assembly of the Jewish Agency.