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Jewish Community in Zambia Reported Well Treated; Fears Intermarriage

Jews are treated better in Zambia, an African country that took the step from colony to independent nation only eight months ago, than in many highly developed countries, Dr. Morton I. Teicher, dean of Yeshiva University’s Wurz-weiler School of Social Work, reported today following his return from a visit to that country. He said however, that Zambia’s Jews fear that intermarriage could threaten their survival.

This fear, he said, stems from the smallness of the Jewish population in Zambia. Totaling only about 100 families in a country of 3, 500, 000. people, Dr. Teicher explained, Jews have little opportunity to mingle with other Jews. He noted that their professional skills were respected and that they were accorded absolute religious, cultural and political freedom.

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