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Jewish Communities in Constantinople District Hold First Conference in Eight Years to Consider Serio

After an interval of eight years, the Jewish Communities of Constantinople and its environs held their first Conference yesterday, with about 60 elected delegates present. The Conference was unable to meet before because of repeated difficulties put in the way by the authorities.

The reports presented on the financial and general position of the Jewish Communities and the Chief Rabbinate were all couched in the most pessimistic tone.

Dr. Gad Franco presided at the Conference, which elected a new Council of nine members to conduct the affairs of the Jewish Community and the Chief Rabbinate, and to represent the Jews of Constantinople and its environs to the outside authorities. The members of the Council are Messrs. H. G. Reisner, Joseph Niego, Henri Sorianu, Crespi, Barocas, Algrante, Farchi, Cordova, and Refik Habib.

The new Council has been instructed to take measures with a view to restoring the stability of the Jewish Community and the Chief Rabbinate.