Max Erissler, President of Jewish National Fund, Dies in Miami
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Max Erissler, President of Jewish National Fund, Dies in Miami

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Max Bressler, president of the Jewish National Fund of America and former president of the Zionist Organization of America, died suddenly here last night after suffering a heart attack. He was 54 years old.

Born in the Ukraine, Mr. Bressler migrated to the United States in 1921. He was a member of the national cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal and of the executive board of the Bureau of Jewish Education in Chicago where he lived. He was also a member of the World Zionist Actions Committee.

He served as president of the ZOA from 1960-62 and was elected JNF president in 1963 and reelected in 1965. He was slated to retire from his JNF post next August after heading the pilgrimage to Israel to dedicate the John F. Kennedy Monument and Peace Forest, a project which he initiated. Funeral services will be held in Chicago on Friday.

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