Ort Conclave to Hear of Record Enrollment Outlook for 1977

A record breaking enrollment for 1977 of almost 75,000 students in ORT schools in Israel and 20 other countries throughout the world will be projected by Harold Friedman, national president, in his report to the 55th national conference of the American ORT Federation to be held here at the Hotel Americana Jan. 21-23.

In announcing this forecast, based on current trends, especially in Israel. Friedman will warn the 600 delegates expected at the convention that ORT’s spiraling financial needs keyed to growth of ORT services in practically all areas of operation, compounded by currency destabilizations, will trigger a massive rise in the 1977 budget. ORT spent approximately $48 million in 1976.

Admitting that he is talking about possible deficit financing, Friedman will report that “greater needs and an unpredictable but ever increasing inflation effecting every line item in the ORT budget will cause highly critical problems. We must build up income in ’77 to cover increased costs and the certainty that they will be even greater in ’78. I can see no predictable situation in the Jewish world where our work will be less necessary….”

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