Jews in Iran Hold First Convention in Modern Times; Women Participate

The first convention of Iranian Jewry in modern times was an “important milestone” in the long history of the ancient history of the Jews in Persia, Prof. Arieh Tartakower, president of the Israel section of the World Jewish Congress, who participated in the parley, declared today.

There are some 85,000 Jews in Iran, Prof. Tartakower estimated. He noted that of 17,000 Jewish children in the community, 11,000 were receiving a Jewish education, chiefly through a school system supported by the Otzar Hatorah, an Orthodox organization. The WJC leader said that Persian Jewish women were emancipated and that many of them had participated in the convention of Iranian Jews.

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