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Argentine President Praises Federation of Jewish Communities

Messages of greeting from President Jorge Rafael Videla and President Ephraim Katzir of Israel were read to 300 delegates attending the three-day Silver Jubilee Convention of Argentine Jewish Communities. The deliberations focussed on such topics as social assistance, Jewish education, cultural and welfare activities.

Videla congratulated the Federation of Jewish Communities of Argentina on its 25th anniversary. He said “The government, conscious of the value and importance of the significant role played by the hard-working and productive Argentine Jewish community, sincerely joins in celebrating its silver jubilee.”

Speakers at the convention included Israeli Ambassador Ram Nirgad, who stressed the need for unity among the Jewish people; Dr. Nehemias Resnizsky, president of the DAIA; July Kneit, president of the Buenos Aires Jewish community and of the federation; and Dr. Mario Gorenstein who spoke of the work done by the 125 organized Jewish communities in the country.

He noted that 45 primary and secondary Jewish schools functioned in Buenos Aires and 27 in the rest of the country in addition to several institutions of higher learning and rabbinical seminaries. Gorenstein said that these communities take pride not only in their specifically Jewish tasks but in their contributions to technology, science, the arts, industry and business. First of all, their vocation is to live in a peaceful society, he said.

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