Meir, Vance, Dinitz Will Be Principal Speakers at the CJF General Assembly
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Meir, Vance, Dinitz Will Be Principal Speakers at the CJF General Assembly

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Former Israeli Premier, Golda Meir, U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance and Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Simcha Dinitz will be among the featured speakers at the 46th General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) Nov. 9-13 in Dallas, Texas.

In addition, Jerold C. Hoffberger, CJF president, Leonard R. Strelitz, United Jewish Appeal general chairman, and David de Rothschild, treasurer of the Fonds Social Juif Unifie of France, will also address the more than 2000 leaders representing the 215 Jewish Federations in the United States and Canada.

Mrs. Meir will address a special session of the Assembly on Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Grand Ballroom of the Dallas Hilton. Her appearance comes almost 30 years after her first participation in a CJF General Assembly in 1948 shortly after the State of Israel was officially established. Her talk to the 1948 General Assembly in Chicago marked the start of an emergency fund-raising trip to the U.S. which Mrs. Meir undertook on behalf of the new nation.


Vance will address the CJF Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Grand Ballroom of the Dallas Sheraton. He expected to discuss the Carter Administration’s efforts to help achieve peace in the Middle East. Two nights later, on Saturday, Nov. 12, Dinitz will review his nation’s views on a Geneva conference and the quest for peace. Dinitz will be the featured speaker at the General Assembly Banquet in the Grand Ballroom of the Dallas Sheraton. De Rothschild and Strelitz will address the same session.

CJF President Jerold C. Hoffberger will open the General Assembly proceedings Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, by delivering the keynote address at the first of six plenary sessions.

Official Assembly action scheduled for these meetings will include peace in the Middle East; the rights and resettlement of Soviet Jews; effective implementation of the recent anti-boycott legislation; the rights of Syrian Jews; the United Nations and Israel; development of greater financial resources by Federations; the needs of the aging; outreach by Jewish Federations to satellite communities; and energy conservation by Federations and agencies.

In addition, more than 70 workshops will deal with subjects including leadership development, endowment funds, Federation-synagogue relations, Jewish education, women’s communal services, public relations and college youth and faculty, among others.

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