Casablanca Jewish Community Reports Heavier Social Welfare Caseload

Despite departures of Jews from Casablanca, the Casablanca Jewish Committee has disclosed that the social welfare work of its institutions is still urgently needed.

The disclosure was made in an appeal for contributions from the Jewish population to enable the committee to meet its budget. The committee said that 842 families, comprising 3,000 men, women and children, are dependent entirely on the committee, entailing a communal expenditure annually of 88,000,000 Moroccan francs ($176,000). The total outlay of the committee in 1965 was 190,000,000 francs ($380,000).

During the past six months, the committee has been reduced from 20 to 13 members, because of resignations. There was some indication that Casablanca Jewry was not giving full support to the smaller committee as not sufficiently representative.

In another development here, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture had made a grant to Victor Malka, Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent, to enable him to write a history of the Jews in Morocco since Morocco became independent. The book will be published in the next few months.

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