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Jewish Agency Session Opens in Jerusalem; $107,000,000 Budget Proposed

January 6, 1967
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A four-day plenary session of the Jewish Agency opened here today to be followed by sessions of the Zionist Actions Committee, the highest ruling Zionist body between World Zionist Congresses.

The main item on the agenda of the Jewish Agency session is approval of a budget for the next fiscal year. A proposal of the Jerusalem section of the Jewish Agency calls for a budget of $107,000,000 which is 12 percent less than in any of the last years.

The World Zionist Organization Committee on Reorganization, which has been considering changes in the structure of the world Zionist movement, completed its sessions here last night with a number of basic reorganization proposals. The Committee was named by the last World Zionist Congress.

One of the proposals recommends that in every country where Zionist groups are functioning there should be one national Zionist organization to include all these groups. Another recommendation calls for allowing individuals to join Zionist organizations without belonging to a particular Zionist group. Another proposes that any Jewish group supporting the Zionist program could join the Zionist Organization. The latter proposal would make possible the broadening of the WZO beyond its present party structure. Still another recommendation urges that a special framework, embracing all Zionist youth organizations, be set up in each country.

The reorganization proposals will be submitted to regional committees of the WZO and will be summed up next summer. The last World Zionist Congress empowered the Actions Committee to complete changes in the structure of the WZO Constitution. The committee plans to bring its proposals for adoption to the session of the Zionist Actions Committee in January, 1968.

The reorganization committee, made up of leading Zionist figures throughout the world, includes Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the WZO, Aryeh Pincus, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive; Zvi Lurie, head of the Jewish Agency organization department and J. Tsur, chairman of the World Zionist Actions Committee.

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