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tions where the courses will
be conducted. The list of
pledgers also appears in the
catalog.
Claude Schochet and
Sharon Hart are the MAKOR
committee chairmen. Their
committee includes: Bernice
Berlin, Gilbert Borman,
Harvey Bronstein, Dr. Ken-
neth Chelst, Joseph B. Col-
ten, Barbara Cook, Michael
Eizelman, Joseph Epel,
Rhona Fidler, Dr. Nancy Gad-
Harf, Rabbi William Ger-
shon, Patricia Gusman,

Edythe Jackier, Nancy
Kaplan, Linda Lee, Judy
Silberg Loebl, Sherri
Lumberg, Susan Miller, Rab-
bi Norman Roman, Neil
Satovsky, Jack Schon, Marvin
Shwedel, Jessie Stern, Renee
Wohl and Rabbi Paul Yedwab.
Michael Feldman is chairman
of the Leadership Develop-
ment Committee.
For information about
MAKOR or where to get a
catalog, call the Leadership
Development Department at
Federation, 965-3939.

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Soviet Jewish Emigres
Jam Israel's Systems

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The in-
flux of Soviet immigrants is
taxing Ben-Gurion Airport's
facilities to the maximum
and putting severe strains
on Absorption Ministry per-
sonnel responsible for pro-
cessing the newcomers.
With charter planes from
various points in Eastern
Europe landing every few
minutes, day and night,
clerks and officials have to
cope with endless lines of
people waiting to be
registered.
An estimated 7,000 immi-
grants from the Soviet
Union arrived during the
three-day period beginning
the night of Dec. 20 and en-
ding the night of Dec. 23.
Each arrival has to be
issued identity papers and
health insurance documents
and receives an initial pay-
ment of a grant from the
government subsidizing the
first year in the country.
In addition, the newcomers
have to be sent on their way
to temporary shelters,
unless they have relatives or
friends to stay with.
A computer print-out
prepared by the Absorption
Ministry showed that of the
initial 3,337 olim who land-
ed over the weekend, 1,670
opted for or were sent to Tel
Aviv and the central region,
and 1,157 went to Haifa and
northern Israel.
Only 287 chose the
Jerusalem area, and 223
went to Beersheba and the
Negev.
The ministry also released
data on the occupations and
ages of the arriving Soviet
Jews.
The 487 immigrants who
were sent to Haifa Dec. 20
and 21 included 84 retired
people, 66 engineers, 17
physicians, seven musicians,
two shoemakers and a tailor.
The others were spouses and

dependents, including 63
elementary school pupils.
A breakdown by age show-
ed that 101 of the 487 immi-
grants were 60 years or
older, and 133 were 16 or
younger. The oldest arrival
was an 86-year-old woman.
At Ben-Gurion, mean-
while, work space is becom-
ing increasingly cramped as
the newcomers' belongings
pile up. Hand luggage and
personal effects carried on
the planes are piled 10 tiers
high, leaving only narrow
walk-ways between the
mounds.
Nearby storage areas are
bulging with unaccom-
panied baggage, wooden or
canvas carry-alls, furniture
and household effects in
giant shipping crates.
Sometimes these items re-
main unclaimed for months
until the owners have found
permanent housing.
The overcrowding at the
airport may, in fact, get
worse, if the chairman of the
Jewish Agency Executive
has his way. Simcha Dinitz,
who also chairs the World
Zionist Organization Exec-
utive, told its leaders that
the Jewish Agency is de-
veloping a plan to accelerate
immigration from the Soviet
Union.
He told WZO leaders he
wants to increase the ability
of transit stations in Eastern
Europe to handle more than
50,000 new immigrants a
month. The number of
Soviet immigrants passing
through the transit centers
in December is expected to
reach 30,000 by the end of
the month.
The Jewish Agency pays
the full cost of transporting
the immigrants to Israel and
a portion of the initial ab-
sorption grant they are
given during their first year
in Israel.



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