National Parley of Rabbis, Communal Leaders Establishes New Communal Set-up in Rumania

A national conference of rabbis and representatives of the Orthodox, Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities of Rumania to discuss the application of communal by-laws formulated by a rabbinical conference last year and officially proclaimed by the government earlier this month took place here this weekend. The by-laws provide for the merging of all communities in each Rumanian city where Jews live into one organization with representatives of all groups participating.

The parley adopted a resolution today establishing Orthodox sections of the Jewish community of Bucharest, Timiscara, Arad Brasavo, Cluj, Satu Mare and Tragu Mares. Sephardic sections will be set up in Bucharest, Constanza, Timisoara, Ploesti and several other cities. The parley also pledged closer cooperation with the Jewish Democratic Committee. Speakers paid tribute to the present regime of Rumania for guaranteeing “liberty of conscience and equality of all religions under the constitution and the laws of the country.”

It was reported that over 13,000 unemployed Jews were provided with employment during the past year and that 91 vocational schools and centers had retrained over 2,400 adults and 2,700 children. Attempts by Zionists to turn schools into “training centers for emigration” had been defeated by the vigilance of the schools’ staffs and students, it was also reported. The Federation of Jewish Communities is concentrating on fighting tuberculosis among Jews, it was reported at the parley.

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