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Celebration ’87 Plans Announced

Celebration ’87, the 1987 United Jewish Appeal/Federation Campaign Opening Celebration, will take place in Israel from September 23-25 under the leadership of UJA national chairman Martin Stein and national vice chairman Julius Levy Jr., it was announced here.

Participants will be welcomed by President Chaim Herzog, and briefed by Premier Shimon Peres, and Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir, each of whom will provide analysis of recent Middle East events and discuss key issues affecting the Jewish State.

The highlights of Celebration ’87 include commemoration of the centennial of David Ben-Gurion’s birth during a dramatic sound and light show scheduled for the Hassenfeld Theater in Jerusalem. In a unique demonstration of solidarity, Celebration participants will join members of Project Renewal neighborhoods in a march from Ammunition Hill to the Western Wall. In addition, there will be opportunities to visit the programs supported by UJA/Federation Campaigns and observe the miraculous growth and development of American partnership with the people of Israel.

FOUR MISSIONS SCHEDULED

There will be four national Missions joining Celebration ’87: The President’s Mission to Europe and Israel under the leadership of national vice chairman Marvin Lender will take place from September 17-26, with pre-Missions to Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Copenhagen, and Israel.

Mission participants will meet immigrants from different countries at a private reception at the President’s residence. In a series of special workshops, subjects such as terrorism, the economy, and Israeli high-tech will be discussed by experts in the field. Mayor Teddy Kollek will lead the group in a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem.

The National Women’s Division Fall Leadership Mission to Amsterdam and Israel under the leadership of National Women’s Division chairman Judith Levy is scheduled for September 14-26. The Mission will explore Amsterdam’s rich Jewish heritage, visit the house where Anne Frank was hidden during the war and meet with members of Amsterdam’s vibrant Jewish community.

In Israel, the women will participate in the Campaign Opening Celebration, meet new immigrants at absorption centers and discuss common issues with Israelis from all walks of life.

WILL VISIT PROJECT RENEWAL NEIGHBORHOOD

The Community Leadership Mission under the leadership of national vice chairman Larry Jackier will take place from September 21 to October I. Highlights of the itinerary include meetings with Ethiopian immigrants, visits with residents of Project Renewal neighborhoods, discussions with teenagers enrolled in Youth Aliya programs and studies of the innovative activities of the Jewish Agency’s Rural Settlement Department.

The Business and Professional Women’s Leadership Mission to Poland and Israel under the leadership of Elaine Berke will take place from September 14 to 26. In Poland, the Mission will visit Mila 18 (headquarters bunker of the Jewish Fighters Organization) and the old Jewish Quarter of Cracow. A memorial service will be held at Auschwitz in honor of the martyrs who perished in the Holocaust.

In Israel the group will meet women in business, the arts, the professions, education and government. Mission participants will also meet Israeli living and working on new Galilee settlements, on Negev kibbutzim, and in the major cities of the country.

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