Conflict in Italian Jewish Community Settled; Council Elected, Activities Planned

A long-standing conflict in the Jewish community was settled today when the congress of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities reached a compromise agreement on the composition of its council and laid plans for continuation of the union’s activities. A single list of candidates was submitted for the council elections, excluding the more extremist adherents of the “traditionalists” and the assimilationist.

Naval Commander Federigo Jarach, president of the Milan Jewish Community, was reelected president of the union. Advocate Bruno Ascoli of Rome was named vice-president. Chief Rabbi David Prato was selected as a member of the council despite his well-known Zionist views. It is expected that the extremist assimilationist Committee of Italians of the Jewish Faith founded in Florence will soon be dissolved.

The congress unanimously agreed to continue the union’s activities on the basis of the law of Oct. 30, 1930, governing Jewish communities. Agreement was also reached on the future development of Jewish cultural and philanthropic institutions. Regarding Zionism, the Union decided to comply with the requirements of the italian Government. The congress sent telegrams of loyalty to King Victor Emmanuel, the Duke of Aosta, Viceroy of Ethiopia; Premier Benito Mussolini, and Achille Starace, secretary of the Fascist Party.

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