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Jews in Turkey Permitted to Elect Chief Rabbi by Popular Ballot

The President of Turkey has signed a bill permitting the Jews of Turkey to hold an election for the position of Chief Rabbi, the Chief Rabbinate’s office here has been informed.

The Rabbinate immediately began preparations for the elections to fill the post which has been vacant for 21 years. In the past a Religious Council named a candidate who had to be approved by the Turkish Government before he could assume office. After the last Chief Rabbi died in 1931 no candidate was approved by the government. The new law replaces this system with a popular election within the Jewish community.