European Rabbis Decide Against Jewish Attendance at Ecumenical Council

The two day meeting of the Conference of European Rabbis closed here today with a decision against participation in the Ecumenical Council called by the Vatican for next October. The rabbis also took notice of Vatican proposals for calendar reform and considered methods of “counteracting the dangers implicit in the reform to the fixity of the Sabbath. “

The delegates also pondered the position of French Jewry in regard to the large influx of refugees from North Africa. They agreed that French Jewry was unable to deal with the situation without outside help. Chief Rabbi Jacob Kaplan led a discussion on means of giving such help to French Jewry.

Participants included the Chief Rabbis of Britain, Holland, Switzerland, Italy and France and representatives from West Germany. Rabbi Samson Weiss, executive vice-president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, also participated. The rabbis decided to hold their next conference in Basle next spring.

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