Cezech Jewish Communal Structure to Be Changed; New Emphasis on Welfare, Rehabilitation

The organization of the Jewish communities of bohemia-Moravia will be overhauled soon to do away with overlapping functions and to place additional emphasis on the social welfare, medical and rehabilitation features of communal service institutions, Dr. Emil Ungar, newly-elected executive chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities of Bohemia-Moravia, today told the Jewish telegraphic Agency. Dr. Ungar is also director of the Ministry of Public Health.

The new chairman declared that the Jewish communities will enlist the aid of the OSE Union in developing its program of preventative medicine and social welfare and will call on the ORT’s long experience to aid in the rehabilitation of the Jewish population of Czechoslovakia. The Council will also care for all synagogues and will support the religious activities of the Orthodox community. In addition, it will operate the Prague Jewish Museum and will extend Jewish cultural activities in all fields.

As an affiliate of the World Jewish Congress, the Council will establish closer contact with Jewish communities throughout the world, Dr. Ungar said. He expressed the hope that Prague would become the center of Congress activity in Eastern Europe. He also hailed the Czech Government’s position on Palestine as expressed by Jan Masaryk at Lake Success lest year.

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