MUNICH (Jul. 15)
The Baarian Jewish Association, central body of Jewish communities in the province of Bavaria, set up this week-end a board of arbitration to investigate conditions within the member Munich Jewish Community.
The Association, meanwhile, refused to accept the decision of the Munich community’s executive, seceding from the Association. The parent body claimed that the Munich executive was not legally constituted. The appointment of the arbitration unit followed a court decision which recently ruled that the German Government could not intervene because the Bonn constitution separates church and state, but which pointed out that the statutes of the Association itself provided for relief through arbitration procedures.
The Association’s action took place at its annual meeting. An organization report by president Heinz Meier revealed that 13 communities with an overall membership of 3,400 were banded together in the federation. Almost all of the 400 children in the communities, he said, were receiving a Jewish education. He reported progress in religious and cultural activities, including the establishment of Jewish libraries in various cities. He noted that the Federal and Bavarian governments had appropriated 250,000 marks (approx. $62,500) for the rehabilitation of Jewish cemeteries in Bavaria.