SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 27)
Hadassah, described as the single biggest contributor to Israel’s youth aliya program, raised $3,172,000 this year toward support of its 315 residential and all-day facilities which provide care annually for its 18,000 youth, Sylvia Doppelt, youth aliya chairperson, reported today at the Hadassah annual convention here, attended by 2,500 delegates and guests.
She also reported that as a special gift to youth aliya, at the conclusion of its 50th anniversary year, the Hadassah board voted an additional $250,000 for a new arts center in Israel. Doppelt said that there are many children in Israel who are “economically, culturally and socially deprived” children who do not know “the names of fruits, or of animals or of colors.”
She said youth aliya had to remedy such gaps and to do so, established its art education section 20 years ago. A fully developed program was greatly helped in 1983 when Hadassah donated two “art mobiles” to youth aliya facilities.
Doppelt said the arts section works out of six rooms in the youth aliya offices in Tel Aviv. Uri Gordon, world head of youth aliya, said the Hadassah gift would make possible the redesigning of the present quarters and development of studios and laboratories to prepare audio-visual materials and slide shows.