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Rumania Will Establish Five Schools for Training of Rabbis and Religious Servants

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The Romanian Government will establish five schools for the training of rabbis and Jewish religious servants, a decree published in the Official Gazetto announces.

The schools will be organized on the basis of the law regulating religious affairs. Under this law, the state must provide for the training of ministers of all the recognized religions in the country. The program of the schools will be worked out by the Supreme Rabbinical Council to be established under the new by-laws for the centralization of the work of the Jewish communities in Rumania.

The study of the Romanian and Russian languages, as well as Rumanian law, will be included in the curriculum, the decree states. Two of the schools will have a five-year course for those who wish to become rabbis, two other schools will be of the “Yeshivah type” and will turn out “dayanim” who will have to undergo four years of training. The fifth school will have a three-year program and will train minor religious officials. All graduates will be qualified to accept positions with Jewish communities throughout the country. Their appointment is subject to approval of the Supreme Rabbinical Council, the decree stipulates.

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