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U.S. Orthodox Jewish Groups Invited to Hold Conference in Rumania

Dr. Moses Rosen, Chief Rabbi of Rumania, tonight invited leaders of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and of the Rabbinical Council of America to hold the next conference of world Orthodox Jewish religious leaders in Rumania.

Addressing the dinner session of the 68th anniversary national biennial convention of the UOJCA Dr. Rosen also asked that his invitation be transmitted to the Conference of European Rabbis and to the associated religious national organizations with which the UOJCA and the Rabbinical Council of America are affiliated.

Dr. Rosen, who is also president of the Federation of Rumanian Jewish Communities, invited the rabbinic and lay leaders to meet in February, 1967, in Bucharest. He stressed that such a conference in Rumania would be important in bringing about a closer association and understanding between the Jewish communities in the West and those in Eastern Europe. Convention sources indicated that Dr. Rosen’s invitation would be approved at the convention’s final plenary session on Sunday.

“The participation of important rabbinic and synagogue leaders in the deliberations of this conference will go a long way towards establishing a healthy spiritual bridge between the Jewish communities of East and West,” Dr. Rosen told the convention. He said that Eastern Jewry must be hosts as well as guests. “The Jewish community in Rumania,” he emphasized, “is an integral part of the world Jewish community, recognizing its role and responsibilities in the religious affairs of Jewish people everywhere. While rooted in the Rumanian Socialist Republic, it is freely developing an independent Jewish religious and cultural life within the framework of the Rumanian Socialist society.”

He pointed out that the conference “could help ease the tensions of the cold war. In this way, Jews in different parts of the world might well be instrumental in carrying out the Jewish religious mission of bringing peace to mankind.” He described the religious freedoms accorded Jews in Rumania, and expressed hope that the convention would “ensure the continued prestige of Torah Judaism and promote the cause of peace throughout the world.”

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