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Question of Sabbath Observance Impedes Merger of Leading Jewish Groups in Poland

Negotiations- for a merger of the Central Jewish Committee and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Poland hit a snag today when the Central Committee declined to accept the principle of Sabbath observance, offered by the Chief Rabbinate, an affiliate of the Federation, as one of five points to be discussed during the current talks. The Committee, however, has accepted in principle the other four points. They are:

1. Kosher food shall be served in all Committee-sponsored kitchens; 2. Autonomy for all religious children’s homes shall the preserved; 3. Financial independence for the Federation; 4. Continuation of the “Talmud Torah” method in the country’s Jewish educational system.

A spokesman for the two organizations announced today that agreement had been reached on the question of restitution of Jewish communal real property; the exhumation of Jewish martyrs and their reburial in Jewish cemeteries; and the provision of adequate supervision for Jewish burial places. He pointed out that the purpose of the merger discussions is to set up a unified Jewish representative body.