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Leaders in Hungary Told to Adjust Themselves to Changes in Jewish Communal Life

Hungarian Jewish leaders were told today that while the Jewish community of Hungary will have full religious freedom, the principle of a free church in a free state embodied in the new Hungarian constitution will require greater financial sacrifice by Hungarian Jews if they wish to maintain their religious and cultural institutions.

Addressing the annual general meeting of the pest Jewish community, Lajos Stockler, its president, warned that religious education in Hungary will also have to undergo changes. He added that delegates to the community organization representing new-dissolved Zionist organizations, and constituting one-third of the membership, would have to give new pledges to work “along community lines.” (All Zionist organizations in Hungary were “voluntarily” dissolved last year.)

According to Mr. Stockier, Hungarian Jewish organizations will continue to work with foreign Jewish organizations but not with “hostile groups who arc Joining the enemy camp.” It was announced today that Dr. Endre Gellert, inspector of Jewish schools who was responsible for their Hebrew programs, has resigned. This was taken to indicate that the teaching of Hebrew will be discontinued here.

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