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Major UJA Donors Find Themselves on a Bumpy Ride in Jerusalem Hills

One-hundred-and-fifty major United Jewish Appeal donors are in Israel on the three-day annual Prime Minister’s Mission.

The group was transported to Jerusalem Monday at the start of the visit in unconventional style, aboard command cars on the unpaved “Burma Road.” The road was carved out of the hills in 1948 to circumvent the marauding Arab bands who had prevented supplies from reaching Jerusalem. The group’s somewhat uncomfortable journey served to illustrate one of the main themes of the Mission — Israel’s struggle for independence.

The Mission members, who were taken straight from a supersonic Concord to their spruced-up command cars at the nearby former British police fortress at Latrun, will be visiting modern military installations as well. But, according to UJA president Stanley Horowitz, a large part of the program will entail visiting UJA funded projects run by the Jewish Agency and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.