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Americans Planning to Emigrate to Israel Take Steps on Jobs, Housing

May 21, 1968
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Some 400 Americans planning to emigrate to Israel gathered here yesterday in an all-day aliyah (immigration) conference and moved to set up the mechanisms by which they could better secure Jobs and housing in Israel. The meeting was the first annual conference of the five-month-old Association of Americans and Canadians for Aliyah (AACA), an American-based aliyah organization established to assist Americans who plan to settle in Israel within three years in finding employment and other needs related to their absorption.

Conference participants recommended that an employment office in Israel be set up to help service the American membership of the AACA. The office would make regular surveys of the job situation and publish a monthly help wanted list. Another proposal calls for a commission to study the housing situation in Israel.

Greetings were delivered by Rabbi Israel Miller, chairman of the American Zionist Council, and Mrs. Rose Halprin, chairman of the American Section of the Jewish Agency. The AACA is affiliated with the latter two organizations. Mrs. Charlotte Jacobson, president of Hadassah, who appeared at the conference, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Israeli authorities “should desist from making promises to prospective olim (immigrants), promises they cannot fulfill.”

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