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Wives of Jews in Holland Permitted to Select Their Synagogues

A 100-year concordat was signed here yesterday giving Jewish women the right to select their own synagogues. Husbands, Sephardic or Ashkenazi, may adopt the synagogue of their wives under the new agreement which will have to be ratified by Queen Juliana.

The concordat puts an end to an agreement concluded in 1810 between the Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews in the Netherlands which made the synagogue of the husband that of his wife and children. Thus wives of Sephardic husbands became members of Sephardic synagogues even though they were brought up in Ashkenazi families.