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Skulener Rebbe Arrives in New York; Released from Rumanian Jail

Rabbi Eliezer Zisu Portogal, the Skulener Rebbe, who was arrested last year by Rumanian authorities for aiding and maintaining homeless Jewish children, arrived here today to settle in the United States. Rabbi Portogal will assume the post of spiritual leader of a Brooklyn congregation.

The 62-year-old rabbi was released and allowed to emigrate with his family from Rumania after the intervention of United Nations Undersecretary for Special Political Affairs C. V. Narashimhan. The State Department, at the request of Jewish religious leaders here, had granted special immigration visas to the rabbi and his family.

The United Hias Service arranged for Rabbi Portogal’s transportation to the United States from Rumania and European cities of transit. He is being assisted by the New York Association for New Americans in establishing himself and his family in Brooklyn.