Jewish Autonomous Council in Esthonia Opens Session; Foreign Minister Speaks

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

The first Jewish Cultural Autonomous Council in Esthonia opened its session here today. Representatives of all the Jewish organizations in the country, members of the Government and many other distinguished visitors were present.

The session was opened by the Chairman of the Central Election Committee, Dr. Clampus, who in his speech said that Esthonia was the first State in the world to give autonomy to its minorities and especially to the Jewish minority. In the name of the Jewish minority he thanked the Esthonian Government, the Esthonian Parliament and Esthonian democracy.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressing the Assembly on behalf the Government, said that the Esthonian people could freely develop and build up their cultural life as they wished. He congratulated the Jewish minority on this auspicious occasion and hoped that the work of the first Jewish Cultural Council would be successful.

Dr. Clampus then read messages of greeting received from the President of Esthonia, the Esthonian Parliament, the Minister of the Interior, and from Jewish organizations and representatives in the neighboring countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Finland.

The first session was entirely formal. The second session at which the business of the Council will be discussed will be held in two weeks.

SPECIAL MEETING OF UNION EXECUTIVE NEXT SUNDAY

A special meeting of the Executive Board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations will be held on Sunday, June 27th, at the Hotel Astor, New York, to consider the report of the Budget Committee for the work of the organization and its affiliated bodies during the current year.

Mr. Ludwig Vogelstein, chairman of the Executive Board, will preside, and Mr. David A. Brown, chairman of the Board of Finance, will present a report on the budget and discuss the finances of the Union.

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