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Sephardic Communities Form World Federation to Promote Interest in Jewish Problems

Formation of a “World Federation of Sephardic Communities” with the aim of intensifying active participation of Sephardic Jews in world Jewish problems, and coordinating their cultural educational and economic efforts, was announced here today by Joseph M. Papo, executive director of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America.

This step marks the successful culmination of deliberations initiated in November, 1941, by the late Dr. Nissim J. Ovadia, founder and Chief Rabbi of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America. Headquarters of the new organization will be in New York City. The federation will represent Sephardic groups from the following countries, Algeria, Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Holland, Italy, Morocec, Palestine, Tunisia, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. A temporary governing body of fifteen was elected, Meaded by Simon S. Nessim, Elias Castel and Isaac Shalom.