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Central Representative Body of Jewish Communities in Tunisia Dissolved

The Council of Jewish Communities of Tunis, central representative body of 70,000 members of Jewish communities in Tunisia, has been disbanded, it was reported here today. The Council has been replaced by a “Central Jewish Consistoire” which is empowered to deal only with religious affairs.

The authorities have named Rabbi M. Cohen, a little known member of the Jewish community, as Chief Rabbi to succeed the late Chief Rabbi David Dombaron. His appointment and the very limited powers to which the Consistoire is restricted is considered in Paris Jewish circles an indication that the Tunisian Government has embarked on a policy of limiting the Jewish communities to religious activities.