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Chinese Authorities Grant Harbin Kehillah Legal Status

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The statute of the Jewish Communal Board of Harbin was ratified by the Chinese authorities following a delay of two years.

The authorities insisted upon eliminating from the statute all paragraphs relating to the secular cultural activities, social and relief work of the Kehillah. The Chinese authorities consented to permit the functioning of the Kehillah only on condition that it deal with religious and charitable activities, the registration of births, marriages and deaths of the Jewish population, and the imposition of taxes upon Jews for the maintenance of religious institutions.