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March 11, 1960 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-03-11

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A Weekly Review

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Two Thirds of - Agadir Jews Perished;
Isra-el Invites :Survivors; Aid. Sent
by JDC;_ Litayitch School Restroyed

Ben-Gurion Urges
Exchange of Israeli,
U. S. Scholarships

Direct JTA Teletype Wires to The Jewish News

WALTHAM, Mass.—Israel's Prime Minister David
Ben-Gurion on Wednesday proposed a program of ex-
ehange of scholarships between Brandeis University
and other American schools and Israeli universities.
The Israel Prime Minister, Mrs. Ben-Gurion and
Avraham Harman, Israel Ambassador to the United
States, were guests of honor at an informal breakfast
tendered at Brandeis University here Wednesday at
which the Prime Minister made the'proposal.
Dr. Abram L. Sachar, the university's president,
greeted the guests on behalf of the 250 members of the
Jewish-sponsored university's board of trustees and
faculty. Dr. Sachar pointed out that Brandeis Univers-
ity- and the State of Israel were both founded in 1948.
- Recalling that Ben-Gurion had visited the univers-
fty in 1951, Dr. Sachar expressed gratification at the
fact that since that date "the State of Israel has grown
much stronger and is a symbol of the dignity of the
Jewish people."
Mr. and Mrs. Ben-Gurion also were greeted by
Abraham Feinberg, chairman of the university's board
of trustees, and Mayor Austin Rhodes of Waltham.
Thanking Brandeis for the reception, the Prime
Minister said: "I want to stress my wish that some of
your best students, when they graduate, will come to
work and live in Israel. I hope there will be an ex-
ehange of students between Brandeis and our univers-
ities and colleges. This exchange will bring nearer Is-
raeli Jewry and American Jewry, and I hope that other
American universities will follow suit."
Dr. Sachar, declaring that he was "willing to take
up the Prime Minister immediately" on the proposal
said there was no reason why an Israeli workshop for
Brandeis students could not be set up in the very near
Israel's "primary" requirements at this time called
for the tightening of security, bolstering of its political
position and expansion of its economy, Ben-Gurion
warned, adding that "these efforts will not succeed un-
less sustained by great spiritual dedication." He made
these statements in a 45-minute address before an au-
dience of 3,000 leading educators, diplomats and digni-
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The Jewish Agency has notified various authorities
maintaining contact with Morocco that Israel is ready to accept immediately all
Jewish survivors of last week's Agadir earthquake disaster.
Thousands of Israelis of Moroccan origin who have relatives in Agadir are
trying to obtain information on their kin through various indirect
channels since no direct contact with Morocco is possible from here. Morocco
broke off postal communications with Israel several months ago in compliance
with the Arab League's anti-Israel boycott.
Israel's willingness to receive all Jewish survivors of the Agadir earthquake
disaster was stressed by Yaacov Tsur, member of the Jewish Agency executive.
He termed as "inhuman" the fact that Moroccan Jews in Israel cannot contact
relatives in Agadir to ascertain their fate.
(Two-thirds of Agadir's Jewish population perished in the earthquake and
tidal wave, David Moryouffes, president of the Agadir Jewish community, stated
in Casablanca. He estimated that only 700 of 2,200 Jewish residents of the Mo-
roccan coastal town survived the disaster. He said he had lost his entire family.
He estimated that 80 percent of the houses in the Jewish section collapsed.)

JDC Continues to Send Assistance to Victims

The Joint . Distribution Committee is maintaining
constant touch with its overseas headquarters in Geneva on the developments in
Agadir and is sending aid to the survivors.

Dr. Nahum

Goldrnann, president of the World Jewish Congress, sent
message of sympathy
to King Mohammed of Morocco on the Agadir disaster.


also dispatched a $1,000 gift on behalf of the WJC to the Moroccan Red Cres-

cent. The American Council for Judaism Philanthropic Fund gave the Moroccan

Consulate in New York $1,000 for the victims of the disaster.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe in New York received information from Casablanca
that 70 pupils of the Lubavitcher school in Agadir had been killed in the disaster
and ten others critically injured. The school, which had an enrollment of 100 boys,
is completely destroyed.

Kindergarten, Alliance School Are Gutted

GENEVA, (JTA) — Some 1,500 of the 2,200 Jews who lived in .Agadir were
killed in the earthquake and tidal wave that smashed great sections of the Moroc-
can coastal town. The city's Jewish section and the Moslem quarter on the seaside -
which it adjoined were wiped out.
The JDC was the first volunteer agency to rush supplies to the survivors of
the stricken city. It shipped in food, clothing, shoes and blankets to the value of
four million Moroccan francs ($8,000). Henry Kirsch, JDC representative in Casa-
blanca, arranged the shipment of supplies after conferring with the Moroccan
authorities. The surviving Jews were attempting to make their way to Mogador
where many of them had lived originally. Others went to the town of Araudamt.
Efforts to identify the Jewish survivors have begun.
Jewish institutions in Agadir were almost all destroyed. One of the most
tragic incidents was the destruction of the Lubavitcher Yeshiva where 80 children
lived. Sixteen were taken from the debris. Four of them subsequently died of
their injuries. It was feared that the remaining 64 boys and their teachers might
still be buried in the ruins.
_ In Paris, the Alliance . Israelite received word that the Alliance school in
Agadir had been completely destroyed. One teacher and his family were reported
missing. It was believed that the rest of the school staff and the pupils were safe.
A kindergarten in Agadir maintained by the JDC
was razed by the quake. Two of the 100 children who
attended it were known to be dead. No information has
been obtained about the remainder. The kindergarten
was not in session when the quiake hit the city. Two of
the town's rabbis were known to be among the dead.
The French Embassy in Jerusalem promised to
make every effort to secure identification of the Jewish
Allied Jewish Campaign leaders expect contributions to the 1960 drive to
victims of the Agadir earthquake. Many of the Jews
reach the $3,000,000 mark when the campaign opens formally on March 21.
have families in Israel but as a result of the severance
of communications between Morocco and Israel,
Irwin I. Cohn, who has been reappointed chairman, having headed last
through Morocco's compliance with the Arab League's
year's drive, announced that Herbert H. Friedman, executive vice-chairman of the
anti-Israel boycott, the Moroccan Jews here have no
United Jewish Appeal, will be the guest speaker at the campaign's formal open-
direct means of communicating with their kin still in
ing, at dinner at 7 p.m., Monday, March 21,
the kingdom.

Max M. Fisher announced the appointment of Paul Zuckerman as campaign
JDC headquarters in Geneva also cabled King
co-chairman. Other campaign appointments made by Fisher, for this year's cam-
Muhammed of Morocco, offering aid in dealing with the
paign organization, include: Louis C. Blumberg, John E. Lurie and Abe Shiffman,
disaster. The JDC official personally rode into Agadir
vice-chairmen; Abraham Borman, treasurer; Tom Borman, chairman of the execu-
on the first truck bearing supplies provided by the JDC.
tive committee; Charles Gershenson and Hyman Safran, pre-campaign chairmen.
Prince Moulay Hassan, the Crown Prince, and his party,
All campaign divisions have planned special functions -to inspire continua-
who were in Agadir, cooperated with Kirsch in getting
tion of increased giving which has marked pre campaign contributions already
his supplies distributed.
Story of Detailed Campaign Activities on Page 3
Continued on Page 3

Allied Jewish 'Drive Expected to Reach
$3,000,000 on Its Formal Opening on
March 21; Increases Mark Early Giving

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