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Few Italian Jews Participate in Jewish Communal Affairs, Meeting Told

The failure of Jewish youth and the Jewish public generally to participate in organized Jewish activities was criticized at a meeting here over the weekend of Italian Jewish community and organizational representatives. The meeting was organized by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities to discuss international Jewish cooperation at the institutional and service level.

Participants were told that less than ten percent of the Jewish population votes in community elections here. Speakers noted that better coordination was needed within the Italian Jewish community before cooperation between Jewish bodies in Italy and those in other European countries can become fruitful. The international cooperation sought is in education, health services and press institutions.