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Rabbinical School in Hungary to Expand; Will Train Communal Functionaries

A decision to add a department to the Rabbinical Training Seminary here to prepare students to serve as teachers and religious functionaries was taken as a result of the closing down of the Jewish Teachers Training College.

It is expected that the new department will benefit the smaller communities primarily since these depend on communal functionaries — working under the direction and supervision of the district chief rabbi — to perform the necessary religious functions in the community. These functionaries are now being called on to perform religious and educational duties and, therefore, require more training than hitherto.

Officials of the Rabbinical Seminary are contemplating approaching leaders of Rumanian Jewry with an invitation that they send their rabbinical students to the Seminary here. It is pointed out here that graduates of the institution are now serving in leading rabbinical posts in Austria, Germany, Chile, Israel and the United States.