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Roumania Prohibits Entry of J. T. A. Bulletins in Any Language

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The entry and circulation of the Bulletin of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in any language has been prohbited in Roumania, according to the “Buletinul de Import-Export” No. 24, which published the text of a circular issued by the General Direction of Customs No. 165466. No reason is given for the prohibition.

The circular states: On the ground of a communication from the Police Direction and the General Sigurantza, on the intervention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we ask you to prohibit the entry and circulation in this country of the Bulletins of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in any language. You will in consequence take all measures which you consider necessary. The circular is signed by Director Ch. T. Cristea and Chief of Service Vas. C. Vrana.

Jacob Landau, managing director of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, in commenting upon the despatch of the order issued by the Roumanian authorities declared:

“The order of the Roumanian authorities comes as a complete surprise. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency at all times has been anxious to present the Jewish developments in Roumania accurately and objectively. It has always striven to give both sides of the question and has in every circumstance demonstrated an earnest desire at fair reporting of the facts.

“This was conclusively proven by the fact that despite the Jewish Telegraphic Agency being seriously impeded in the gathering of Jewish news in Roumania by the limitations imposed by the censorship which still exists there, the Agency has at all times been ready to present the official point of view of the government, whenever it placed its own interpretation on the events. The files of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency service disclose a great number of official Roumanian government statements, denials and counter denials.

“The step of the Roumanian authorities is still more surprising in view of the fact that some time ago George Crefaiano. Roumanian Minister to the United States, when he heard that I might visit Roumania during my European trip, handed me a personally written letter in which he recommended me most warmly to Prince Dmitri Ghika of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, at the same time praising most emphatically the fairness of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency service.

“The action would be understandable while not excusable if the Roumanian government had further tightened the censorship on Jewish news from Roumania, but the placing of an embargo on Jewish news from all over the world is indeed not only a puzzle, but seems rather a harsh and unjustifiable measure inflicted upon the Jews of Roumania who are thus isolated from the stream of Jewish life everywhere.”

The Israel Friedlaender classes with centers in various sections of New York City will begin registration on Wednesday evening, September 26.

The Friedlnender classes form the Extension Department of the Teachers Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and offer a series of courses that aim to give Jewish young men and women a liberal Jewish education. The courses include elementary and advanced Hebrew. Jewish history, the Bible, Talmud, Palestine, Jewish songs and melodies, Jewish customs and ceremonies, Pedagogy and Jewish club leadership. Those who successfully complete the course in club leadership are awarded a certificate entitling them to act as leaders of Jewish boys and xirls’ clubs. Those who complete the course in Pedagogy are awarded a certificate entitlin them to teach Sunday School.

The centers where registration will be held are 34 Stayesant. at. Sept. 26. Octo. I and Oct. 15, Bronx Y. M. H. A., 1511 Falton ave. Sept. 26 and Oct. 1. Y. W. H. A. 31 West 110th St. Sept. 27 and Oct. 2. Y. M. H. As 14th ave: and 50th st., Brooklyn. Sept. 27, Oct. 2. Registation begins at 8 p.m.

A campaign to raise $100,000 for the equipment of the new Jewish Sanitarium for Incurables now completed at E. Forty-ninth Street and Rutland Avenues, Brooklyn is to be launched, according to an announcement by Chaiman of the Building Committee for the sanitarinm. The building, which will be dedicated on Oct. 14, will cost $250,000, Mr. Blumberg stated.

The seven wards and twelve private rooms, will house 325 beds.

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