Lithuanian Rabbis Voice Objection to Government Reorganization Project

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The plan of the Lithuanian Government to reorganize the structure of Jewish rengious organizations in the country was objected to by the Rabbinical body in a memorandum submitted to the Ministry of Education and Religion.

According to the plan of the Government incorporated in a bill which is to be submitted to Parliament, the status of the Rabbinate is changed. Instead of a centralized authority vested in the Rabbi of the town, the bill proposes that each Congregation elect its Rabbi for a period of three years. As the supreme religious body, the government wants to set up a commission consisting of three Rabbis, to be presided over by Rabbi Shapiro of Kovno.

The memorandum points out that this plan would deprive the Jewish religious leaders of their influence and effectiveness.

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