JERUSALEM (Sep. 18)
Leon Dulzin, chairman of the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency Executives, spoke of “review and renewal” in a Rosh Hashanah message to the Jewish people in Israel and abroad released here today. He declared: “We are celebrating the jubilee anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Agency 50 years ago in Zurich…established to fulfill the aspirations of the Jewish people awakened by the emergence of modern Zionism.”
However, Dulzin observed, “We witness growing hostility in the world at large toward Israel and the Jewish people as a whole. These facts seem improbable in light of the constructive changes taking place in the Mideast between Israel and Egypt. They indicate that the struggle of modern Zionism for the historic and inalienable rights of the Jewish people to national sovereignty is still being waged.”
Dulzin asserted that “the Jewish Agency continues its historic task of ingathering the exiles and settlement of the land.” He anticipated “a substantial increase in aliya from all parts of the world” in the new year.
In that connection, he declared: “Our struggle for the freedom of Soviet Jewry continues unabated….It is their courage and stamina that give us faith in the success of our endeavors …. It is there fore that we are increasingly disturbed by the percentage of dropouts among our Russian brethren. Their growing numbers represent the greatest threat to those Jews in the Soviet Union who want to come to Israel.”
Dulzin spoke of “Project Renewal, a program of physical and social rehabilitation aimed at total integration into Israeli society of earlier immigrants who are never fully absorbed,” and reminded overseas Jewry that “the social and humanitarian programs of the Jewish Agency are mode possible through your response to the world-wide campaigns of the United Jewish Appeal and Karen Hayesod.”