Record Migration Activity Seen by Hias This Year

A record 27; 500 Jewish refugees will require and receive migration and resettlement aid from HIAS in 1979, it was reported yesterday at the 95th annual meeting of the organization. Carl Glick, president, noted that this projected volume of activity, involving mainly Soviet Jews, will be double last year’s and greater by far than in any year during the past quarter of a century.

Edwin Shapiro, a New York businessman, was elected president of HIAS at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors that followed. Glick, who served in that capacity for six years was named honorary president.

Gaynor Jacobson, executive vice-president told the HIAS members that to meet the challenge posed by the substantially increased movement from the Soviet Union, it will be necessary for the American Jewish community to participate for beyond its 1978 involvement in the reception and resettlement of Jewish immigrants. Some 160 organized Jewish communities are currently cooperating in the resettlement program, Jacobson reported Close to one-half of all Jewish arrivals in this country choose to stay in the Greater New York area, where they receive necessary resettlement aid from the New York Association for New Americans.

Also at the annual meeting, the Rev. Zvi Hirsch Masliansky Award was presented to the HIAS Council of Organizations on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The Ann S. Petluck Memorial Awards were presented to Igor Brener of Chicago and Alexander D. Gelman of New York City.

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