UJA Reports 25 Percent Increase in Pledges

The United Jewish Appeal has recorded a 23 percent increase in pledges toward its 1986 target of $745 million, the largest ever for a single year, UJA chairman Alex Grass told the Jewish Agency Assembly meeting here today.

Grass said about $48 million has already been raised to fund “Operation Moses”, the immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

Leon Dulzin, chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executives, reported that Project Renewal, the rehabilitation of slum neighborhoods, should be completed in this decade. He said the Jewish Agency would allocate about $1 million this year for the vocational training of youngsters in development towns.

Jewish Agency Treasurer Akiva Lewinsky told the Assembly that in the last five years the Agency has invested about $300 million in welfare and educational projects. He said a special effort was made to improve the quality of life in Galilee settlements. The Agency allocations were supplemented by government funds. Lewinsky said that this year the Jewish Agency would put more stress on developing existing settlements than building new ones.

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