Shazar Arrives in New York Today; Top Leaders to Meet Him at Airport
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Shazar Arrives in New York Today; Top Leaders to Meet Him at Airport

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More than 100 top leaders of all major Jewish organizations will meet Israel’s President Zalman Shazar at John F. Kennedy Airport upon his arrival here at 7:30 in the morning tomorrow from his six-week state visits to Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. Children from Jewish schools will present flowers to Mr. and Mrs. Shazar upon their landing at the airport in the early morning hour.

Representatives of the State Department, of the Governor’s office and of New York Mayor John V. Lindsay will also be at the airport to greet the arriving President of Israel. From the airfield, the President and his official party will be taken by an official motorcade to the Plaza Hotel here, where he will stay during his visit to New York.

(From Brazil it was reported today by the correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that President Shazar and his party will be leaving tonight on a Brazilian airplane for New York. Mr. Shazar was invested today in Rio de Janeiro as an honorary citizen of the State of Guanabara, the province that includes Rio. )


Tomorrow’s schedule calls for President Shazar to devote most of his time, in his hotel suite, to conferences with Israel’s leading representatives in the United States. These are Ambassador Avraham Harman, Israel’s envoy to Washington; Ambassador Michael S. Comay, Israel’s permanent representative at the United Nations; and Michael Arnon, Consul-General in New York.

Friday morning will be given over to a series of visits to President Shazar at his hotel suite by representatives of a number of Jewish organizations, including the Synagogue Council of America and the New York Board of Rabbis. At noon Friday, Mayor Lindsay will tender an official luncheon for President Shazar at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

On Sunday, the President will be visited by representatives of other Jewish organizations, including the American Zionist Council and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. Sunday afternoon, he will greet members of the staffs of the various Israeli missions in New York at the headquarters of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Shortly after noon, on Monday, the Israeli President will visit the United Nations. There, he will be greeted by Secretary-General U Thant, and will be the guest of honor at a luncheon to be tendered for him by Mr. Thant. He will also greet the Israelis who are on the staff of the United Nations Secretariat, several of whom hold high posts in the Secretariat. Later he will meet with leaders of the American Jewish Committee.

Monday night, Mr. and Mrs. Shazar will be guests of honor at a dinner to be given for them at the Plaza Hotel by the United Jewish Appeal. State and city leaders who will attend the UJA tribute to President Shazar include Governor Nelson D. Rockefeller, U.S. Senators Jacob K. Javits and Robert F. Kennedy, Comptroller Arthur Levitt, Attorney-General Louis J. Lefkowitz and City Council president Frank D. O’Connor.

The next day, President and Mrs. Shazar leave for Washington where they will be guests of President Lyndon B. Johnson who will entertain them at a dinner in the White House that night. The Shazars will stay at Blair House, the official government residence for distinguished foreign visitors, and return to Israel from Washington on August 3.

Max M. Fisher, general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, said in a statement today that “American Jewish leaders welcome the opportunity to pay tribute to the leader of a state which, in 18 short years, has established itself as a leading democracy in the Middle East and in the family of free nations.”

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