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Yugoslav Govt. Encourages Secular Education in Jewish Schools

The Yugoslave Government has adopted a policy of “neutralization” with regard to the schools of the Jewish community, Prof. Albert Vajs, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Yugoslavia, told the JTA here today.

Although the exercise of the Jewish religion will not be hindered in any way, and religious instruction will be permitted in the Jewish schools, the Government will encourage a secular education program there.

Prof. Vajs said that what was intended in the Jewish schools was not an antireligious, but a non-religious program.

The Yugoslav leader said there are now 6,500 Jews in Yugoslavia, comprising 35 communities. Emigration from Yugoslavia to Israel, he declared, is not restricted, but few Jews are taking advantage of the opportunity to leave the country.