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Gives Roumanian Official View on Communities Law

Communication to the Editor

Sir:

An official statement received today by cable from Bucharest, brings new explanations in regard to the law concerning the organization of Jewish communities, a matter which some of the American newspapers still continue to discuss.

This statement explains, especially to the Jewish organizations in this country, that by the modification of the religious law, the Jewish communities are given the liberty to organize themselves according to rites, in the same fashion as in other countries – including the United States. This modification has been approved by many Jewish groups in Roumania.

Following discussions in Parliament, the Government has granted important concessions demanded by the Jews.

Emil D. Fagure, Jewish Congressman, has suggested that the Jewish religious communities be consulted before decreeing the statutes governing the application of the new law. The suggestion has been adopted. This action has appeased the Jewish population.

It should be emphasized that the new law does not compel the Jews to organize themselves in several separate communities in any one locality; this is more a question of their liberty and right to do so, if they themselves want to.

Premier Maniu’s statement, published by the Bucharest newspapers, announces that the decisions of a special congress of the Jewish communities will be taken into consideration before drafting the final statutes governing the application of the law.

I. ROSENTHAL, Technical Counselor to the Roumanian Legation.

New York, Aug. 6, 1929.

A dinner in honor of Israel Unterberg, President of the Jewish Education Association, who has just returned from abroad, will be given by Mr. and Mrs. Jonah J. Goldstein at their summer home in Neponsit, L. I. on August 20. Mr. Unterberg will be welcomed back to the country by his friends and associates of the Jewish Education Association. The dinner will be followed by a regular meeting of the Executive Committee of the Association.

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