Jacob Birnbaum

  • Position on Rumania Clarified

    Dr. Jacob Birnbaum, national director of the Center for Russian and East European Jewry, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that he was not seeking to block the extension of most favored nation (MFN) trade status to Rumania when he urged American Jews last week to support letters circulating in both houses of Congress warning… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Urged to Take New Initiative on Rumanian Jewry

    Organizations comprising the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations are being asked to take new initiatives on Rumanian Jewish emigration before the July 27 Senate hearings on the renewal of most-favored-nation status for Rumania. Such renewal is dependent on Congressional determination whether Rumania is making satisfactory progress toward freer emigration under the Jackson… More ▸

  • Presidents Conference Supports Extension of Rumania’s Mfn Status

    Jack Spitzer, president of B’nai B’rith International, told a Congressional panel yesterday that the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations supports another one-year approval of most favored nation (MFN) status for Rumania in view of its record on Jewish emigration. But he said continued close scrutiny was necessary, as well as changes in… More ▸

  • Expert on East Europe Opposes Mfn for Rumania

    An expert on Eastern Europe told Congressmen yesterday that “Rumania has made no fundamental improvement in emigration since last summer’s public guarantees to American Jewish organizations” and there fore most favored-nation trade status should not be extended to that country for another year. Opposition to MFN status for Rumania was expressed by Jacob Birnbaum, national… More ▸

  • Senate Unit Seeks to Determine Rumania’s Position on Emigration

    The Senate Finance subcommittee on international trade is seeking to find what guarantees the Rumanian government has given to the United States on emigration in order to continue to be eligible for U.S. most-favored-nation trade benefits. The subcommittee, headed by Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D.Conn.), went into executive session today on the first day of the… More ▸

  • Caution Urged for ‘understanding’ with Rumania on Emigration

    Jacob Birnbaum, national director of the Center for Russian and East European Jewry, urged “great caution” on the issue of Jewish emigration from Rumania in light of that country’s “poor record” since 1975. Birnbaum, who noted that the Center has been instrumental in obtaining the emigration of a substantial number of Romanian Jews in recent… More ▸

  • Rumanian Emigration Policy Scored

    A spokesman for Eastern European Jewry charged Rumania today with engaging in “a cruel, comprehensive and calculated system to limit emigration to the absolute minimum” and urged that the United States not renew its waiver of the 1974 Foreign Trade Act restrictions with respect to trade with that country. The accusation was made by Jacob… More ▸

  • Trade with Rumania

    The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has sent to Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D.Conn.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s subcommittee on international trade, recommendations for eliminating existing obstacles to Rumanian Jewish emigration to Israel, it was reported here today. The recommendations supplement testimony given before the subcommittee on June 27 by William… More ▸