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Rumanian Chief Rabbi Meets with Bush to Brief Him on Rumanian Jewry

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Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen of Rumania met with Vice President George Bush at the White House yesterday to give him a detailed briefing on the condition of Rumania’s Jewish community. Rosen, who was invited by Bush for that purpose, reportedly told the Vice President that there has been no change in the Rumanian government’s liberal policy toward its Jewish citizens.

He said the Jewish community retains the right to full cultural and religious expression. Aliya to Israel was continuing without any new impediments. President Nicolae Ceausescu of Rumania, had, at their last meeting, vigorously condemned anti-Semitism which he equated with the evils of fascism, the Chief Rabbi said.

Bush, for his part, said he was anxious to have the Chief Rabbi continue to report periodically on conditions in Rumania to the Administration. He asked Rosen to convey his best wishes to President Ceausescu.

Rosen, a member of the Governing Board of the World Jewish Congress and president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Rumania, arrived in the U.S. this week to confer with the American Jewish leadership and participate in the annual convention of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). He met privately with WJC president Edgar Bronfman. He also had lengthy discussions with top State Department officials.

Israel Singer, executive director of the WJC, said in New York that the WJC “will continue to monitor the situation as it affects one of our most important member communities in East Europe,” the Rumanian Jewish community.

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