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Central Body of European Jewish Communities Formally Incorporated

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The formal incorporation of the Standing Conference of European Jewish Community Services as a duly recognized international non-governmental organization under the laws of Switzerland, was announced here today by Dr. Astorre Mayer, chairman of the Standing Conference and president of the Jewish community of Milan.

Among some new developments cited by Dr. Mayer was a report from Claude Kelman of Paris, vice-president of the Fonds Social Juif Unifie and representative for France in the Standing Conference, on a new influx of Jews from Tunisia into France.

Noting Mr. Kelman’s view that this was only a beginning and that it would take on the proportion of “a mass movement, ” Dr. Mayer said that “since this comes at a time when the French community is still struggling to provide needed facilities and services for 110,000 Algerian Jews who came to France in 1962, the French Jews fear that, if it continues, they will need more help from world Jewry.”

Dr. Mayer also reported that a new Jewish community center was being built in Skoplje, Yugoslavia, to replace the one destroyed in the 1963 earthquake which destroyed that city. He said the Standing Conference raised $14, 000 for the new center which will be named for the late Dr. Albert Vajs, Yugoslav Jewish leader and prominent figure in world Jewry.

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