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Amsterdam Jews Offer Loan to Ailing Jewish Newspaper

The Central Committee of The Netherlands Ashkenazik Congregation has agreed to provide a 40,000 guilder ($16,000) interest-free loan to the Dutch Jewish weekly Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad to help it out of its financial difficulties. The paper is running an 80,000 guilder ($32,000) deficit this year and has recently applied to The Netherlands government for a subsidy usually granted publications in severe financial straits. The NIW is the last surviving Dutch Jewish weekly. It has 4000 subscribers of whom 1700 live in the Amsterdam area.