Mark 25th Anniversary of Patwa, Which Has Brought 40,000 Professionals to Israel
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Mark 25th Anniversary of Patwa, Which Has Brought 40,000 Professionals to Israel

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They pronounce it patois but it’s initials are PATWA–the acronym for Professional and Technical Workers Aliya. To Israel, PATWA has had enormous significance. And its value as a movement during the past 25 years was marked here at a quarter-century anniversary press conference.

Founded in London, PATWA has brought 40,000 British professionals to Israel as immigrants, many of whom are prominent today. Among them are Avraham Harman, current Hebrew University president; Walter Eytan, Israel’s Ambassador to France; and Dr. Eli Davis, professor of internal medicine at the Hadassah Hospital. They praised PATWA’s efforts yesterday. PATWA was incorporated into the Jewish Agency a few years after its establishment and offices were opened in the United States and other countries.

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