JERUSALEM (Apr. 8)
The Romanian office of the Jewish Agency for Israel, shut down during 40 years of Communist rule, was reopened Sunday in Bucharest.
The ceremonies were attended by the country’s chief rabbi, Moses Rosen, who affixed a mezuzah to the doorpost.
The office was officially reopened by Simcha Dinitz, chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executives, in the presence of representatives of Romania’s Jewish community.
About 50,000 immigrants passed through Bucharest during the past year, most of them Soviet Jews immigrating to Israel.
Dinitz expressed the hope that it would also become “warm house” providing educational services for those of Romania’s 20,000 Jews planning to emigrate and that Bucharest would continue to serve as a transit center for Soviet Jews going to Israel.