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Chilean Jewish Community Aiding Nation

The organized Jewish community of Chile has taken steps to participate in a national campaign conducted by the military junta to reconstruct the country. A number of Jewish organizations have issued a public appeal to its members to contribute to this effort. These groups include; Circulo Israelita, Kehila Askenazi, Bne Israel (German Jews), Estadio Israelita Maccabi, Mazse (Hungarian Jews), the Sephardic community and the Committee of Ladies. In addition to appealing to members as individuals, each of these organizations will also contribute to the campaign.

Meanwhile, Jewish institutions continue to function unhampered and communal activities are in full swing, it was reported by Dr. Gil Sinay, president of the Representative Committee of Chilean Jews. He also reported that General Jose Berdichevsky, who was chief of Chilean military aviation in the Southern Region during the administration of President Salvador Allende Gossens, is currently “the number four” officer in the Chilean Air Force. Berdichevsky attended yizkor services on Yom Kippur in the temple in Santiago. Among the great many people attending the Yom Kippur service were two representatives of the junta.

Burt Lancaster and Anthony Quayle, filming in Israel with a Biblical script, have refused to leave because of the war and filming continues.

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