Roumanian Senate Passes Communities Law Opposed by Jewish Leaders

By a majority vote, the Roumanian Senate passed the government bill seeking to amend the law governing the status and organization of Jewish religious institutions and communities in Greater Roumania. This action was taken notwithstanding the continuous protests of Jewish leaders of all shades of opinion in the country. The Minister of the Interior. Vlad, defended the measure against the opposition.

According to the law passed, the cult is to be organized on the basis of religious communities and the orthodox and Espanol rituals. Each ritual has the right to form a separate community. Various rituals may organize a unified community. Only one community of the same ritual may function in any given locality. The synagogues have the right to acquire and own property under the control of the State and the community. The vote took place Saturday afternoon.

On Friday, a meeting of a joint committee, representing all Jewish parties in Roumania, formed for the purpose of combating the Jewish communities law, as the government seeks to impose it, decided to continue the protest, even though the chances of averting the enactment of the bill into a law seemed slight.

The Committee decided to ask the various boards of synagogues and institutions to hoist black flags over their buildings as long as the discussions concerning the proposed law will continue in Parliament. The holding of mass meetings of protest, and of a procession to the royal palace is contemplated. Mass meetings have already been held in Kishineff, Czernowitz, and Cluj. A delegation of rabbis is to call on Prime Minister Maniu to protest against the proposed law.

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