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Jewish Religion Vanishing in France; Paris Jews Plan to Establish a Kehillah

Religious leaders of French Jewry, at a three-day conference here, emphasized that Judaism is holding its ground in Paris, but is vanishing at an alarming rate elsewhere in France.

Negotiations with various Jewish groups for the establishment of a Kehillah in Paris are progressing satisfactorily, Marc Jarblum, one of the leaders of the Jewish community in France, reported. He said that “the formation of such a central body would be of the utmost importance if the present anarchy in French Jewish communal life is to be ended.”

Mr. Jarblum stated that the new Kehillah would act on behalf of the East European Yiddish-speaking Jews as a parallel organization to the Jewish consistory. He described the latter as a representative body of a “rather assimilated” type of French Jew. The Kehillah will be set up on the basis of direct elections. The Communist-dominated Union of Jewish Societies will also be represented, he reported.