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  • Bulgarian Chief Rabbi Denies Sofia Synagogue is Converted into Museum

    Bulgaria’s Chief Rabbi Asher Hannanel today told an Israeli rabbi, in a telephone conversation between Jerusalem and Sofia, that the great synagogue at Sofia has not been converted into a museum, as previously reported. Rabbi Hannanel, who has been convicted by a Bulgarian court and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on allegations of “smuggling and… More ▸

  • Bulgaria’s Reluctance to Settle El Al Claims Regretted in Israel

    Foreign Minister Golda Meir today expressed regret over the fact that the Bulgarian Government had not jet settled the claims of the victims who lost their lives in the El Al aircraft shot down over Bulgaria in July 1955. Mrs. Meir was replying to a question in the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, as to what steps… More ▸

  • Bulgarian Chief Rabbi, Released on Bond, Speaks over Telephone to Israel

    Dr. Asher Hananel, Chief Rabbi of the Bulgarian Jewish community, told relatives here last night over long-distance telephone that his health was improving and that he was at home after being released on bond for reasons of health, following his sentencing to four-and-one-half years’ imprisonment bh Bulgarian authorities for allegedly "speculating and smuggling." The relatives,… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Urged to Permit Emigration of Convicted Chief Rabbi

    An appeal to the Bulgarian Government to permit Dr. Asher Hananel, Chief Rabbi of the Bulgarian Jewish community, to emigrate to Israel, was issued today by the National Religious Party. Rabbi Hananel was sentenced last week by a Sofia court to three-and-one-half years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of “speculating and smuggling,” and of having… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Converts the Only Remaining Synagogue in Sofia into Museum

    The only remaining synagogue in Sofia has been converted into a museum, it was reliably reported here today. The move was foreshadowed earlier this year when the Bulgarian Government asked Chief Rabbi Asher Hananel to petition the Government to close the synagogue because of alleged poor attendance at services. Rabbi Hananel, who refused the Government’s… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Asked to Clarify Mystery of Missing Chief Rabbi Hannanel

    An appeal to the Bulgarian Government to confirm or deny reports that Bulgarian Chief Rabbi Asher Hannanel had been jailed on charges of “maintaining contact with foreigners,” was made here today by Dr. Zvi Harkavy, a former director of a Jewish school in Sofia before World War II, and a close associate of Dr. Hannanel…. More ▸

  • Bulgaria’s Chief Rabbi Reported Arrested; Held Since Several Weeks Ago

    Bulgaria’s Chief Rabbi, Dr. Asher Hannanel, was arrested by Bulgarian authorities several weeks ago, according to reports reaching here today. The Bulgarian embassy here refused today to confirm or deny the reports of the arrest. The Chief Rabbis arrest was confirmed indirectly at Sofia when the Bulgarian Undersecretary for Religious Affairs attended services at the… More ▸

  • Maccabi Football Team to Sue Bulgarian Sport Club; Was Denied Visas

    The Maccabi football team will appeal to the International Football Association for $12,000 damages from the Lokomotive Sports Club in Sofia, Bulgaria, it was reported today. The appeal arises from Lokomotive’s breach of contract with Maccabi to be its host for a series of games this month in Bulgaria. The $12,000 claim is to cover… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Fails to Issue Promised Visas to Maccabi Football Team

    The Maccabi football team was marooned in Athens today after promised Bulgarian visas failed to arrive. The team was invited to play several games in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, and was told by the Bulgarian Legation in Tel Aviv that visas would reach the team in Athens. When the visas failed to arrive, a phone… More ▸

  • Israel Body Decides to Accept Bulgaria’s Compensation Offer

    A Ministerial economic committee decided today to accept a long-standing offer by Bulgaria to pay compensation of $8, 300 for each victim of a Bulgarian attack on an El Al plane in 1955 in which all 58 persons aboard were killed. The payments would be made to relatives of the victims. Israel originally demanded a… More ▸