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First Group of U.S. Jews Leaves for Israel to Settle in Orthodox Township

August 27, 1968
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A group of 85 individuals and 65 families, founders of the Kiryat Itri-Itri township, an American settlement in Jerusalem, left by plane yesterday for Israel as the vanguard of the expected 250 families who will settle there.

Rabbi Mordecai Kirshblum, associate head of the Immigration and Absorption Department of the Jewish Agency, said the township was being constructed by the Israel Torah Research Institute of New York City, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency in Israel, in Romema at the entrance to Jerusalem. Rabbi Mordecai Elefant, institute dean, said the total cost of the township, which he said was in the final stages of construction, would be more than 30 million Israeli pounds ($7.5 million).

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