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Asks Recognition of Yiddish As Language of Instruction

February 14, 1924
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“Universal” reports that Rabbi Zirelson has submitted to the Minister of Education a memorandum demanding in behalf of the Bessarabian Jews, the inclusion of Hebrew or Yiddish as a language of instruction for Jews in public and high schools. The memorandum further demands that the Talmud Yishevas be permitted to continue as schools recognized by the Government. Another request is that instruction in Jewish schools be permitted on Sunday so that there might be no need for attendance by Jewish pupils in the State schools on Saturdays and Jewish holidays. Still another request is that Jewish religion and history be included in the curricula of all public and high schools. The teachers for these subjects would be chosen by the Kehillah and would have an equal standing with other secular teachers and would be paid by the State or government. The memorandum reproached the Government for not supporting Jewish schools up to now.

“Universul”, the organ of the War Minister, makes a strong anti-Semitic attack against Zirelson’s demands, declaring them to be absurd and dangerous in view of Bessarabia’s geographic position.

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