United Israel Appeal and State Department Sign Contract to Provide Funds for Soviet Jews to Return to Israel

April 1, 1973


The signing of this contract provided $31 million for Soviet Jews emigrating to Israel. The mood in the room was light-hearted, and when Max Fisher signed the contract, Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine remarked: "That's the smallest check Max has signed this year."
Left to Right (seated): Gottlieb Hammer (Executive Vice Chairman, UIA); Melvin Dubinsky (President and Board Chairman of UIA); Frank Kellogg (Special Assistant to the Secretary of State) Left to Right (standing): Simcha Dinitz (Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.); Leonard Garment (Special Consultant to President Nixon); Walter Stoessel, Jr. (Assistant Secretary for European Affairs); Joseph Sisco (Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs); Marshall Wright (Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations); Max M. Fisher (Chairman, Jewish Agency Board of Governors).
Credit: Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

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