Chilean Officials Pay Respects to Jewish Community on Yom Kippur

High ranking officials of the governing military junta paid their respects to the Jewish community here on Yom Kippur. Col. Pedro Ewing Hodar, representing President Augosto Pinochet, visited the services at the German-Jewish community synagogue. B’nei Yisroel, where Rabbi Angel Kreiman officiated. The Magen David Synagogue of the Sephardic community, headed by Rabbi Mauricio Pitchon, was visited by the Chief of Police, Gen. Cesar Mendosa Duran.

The two main synagogues and the eight smaller ones in this capital were filled to capacity on Yom Kippur. The congregants prayed for the prosperity of Chile and Israel and peace and justice for all humanity. Hodar accompanied by the naval aide of Defense Minister Gen. Bonilla, was invited to the altar by Rabbi Kreiman. He presented the regrets of Pinochet who was unable to attend because he was visiting the provinces. The Colonel and his aide were later received by Gil Sinay, president of the Jewish community; Adolfo Schnitzer, president of the B’nei Yisroel Society and Rabbi Kreiman.

At the Sephardic synagogue, the Police Chief was greeted by the president of the Sephardic community. Alberto Nois, and other community leaders. With his aide. Commandant Carlos Donoso, he followed the services and then spoke briefly, saying he was pleased that “the Jewish colony forms part of an important sector of the citizens who are cooperating with the plans and the labor of national reconstruction in Chile.”

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