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Jewish Agency Assembly Begins

Delegates from some 40 countries are here to attend the opening ceremonies tonight of the seventh Assembly of the Jewish Agency. The five-day gathering will concentrate on a joint government-Jewish Agency five year plan for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of slum areas.

The opening tonight will be attended by President Yitzhak Navon. Senior Cabinet ministers headed by Deputy Premier Yigael Yadin, will attend other proceedings and Premier Menahem Begin is to address the Assembly at its closing session Thursday night. This assembly will be the first since the 1977 elections that brought Likud into power in the government and in Zionist institutions.

It will formally name Leon Dulzin chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive. Dulzin was elected chairman of the World Zionist Organization Executive at the World Zionist Congress here last February and has been serving as acting chairman of the Jewish Agency. He is presently in New York recuperating from ulcer surgery.

This afternoon, many of the delegates visited the Western Wall to express solidarity with the families of imprisoned Soviet Jewish activists who have been protesting there.

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