Rabbi Rosen Appeals to Jewish Communities to Help Relieve Shortage of Religious Personnel in Rumania

Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen of Rumania has appealed to Israel and Jewish communities in other countries to furnish rabbis and ritual slaughterers on a temporary basis to help relieve the shortage of these religious functionaries in Rumania. Rabbi Rosen made the appeal in his report delivered at the annual congress of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Rumania held here last week. He said rabbis and other clergy should serve Rumanian Jewish communities for periods of two or three years as a Jewish public duty.

The congress of the Federation, which is headed by Rabbi Rosen, was attended by representatives of 68 Jewish communities representing Rumania’s 100,000 Jews. According to one report at the congress, 10 percent of Rumanian Jews are assisted by the Federation whose welfare programs are supported by the American Joint Distribution Committee. The Federation maintains kosher restaurants in nine communities which serve 2000 people a day, the report said. It also provides medical attention and housekeeping services for the infirm over and above the welfare services provided by the State.

The 30th anniversary of the Struma disaster in which 769 Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe to Palestine were drowned, was marked yesterday in the Choral Synagogue here. The services were attended by representatives of Jewish communities in Bucharest and other cities who later marched to the cemetery where a memorial monument has been erected to the Struma victims. The Struma sailed from a Rumanian port in 1942 and foundered in the Sea of Mamora enroute to Palestine.

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