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75,000 Jews in Soviet Georgia

September 10, 1924
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There are 75,000 Jews now resident in the Soviet Republic of Georgia, the J.T.A. representative here is informed by the Jewish travellers who have just arrived here from Georgia. 5,000 of these are Persinn Jews. Practically the whole of the Jewish population in Georgia engages in commerce and comparatively is well-to-do. Relations between the Sephardic and Askenazic communities are strained. The Jewish population of both communities, however, are strictly orthodox and the children are educated on orthodox lines.

Not long ago, several local Jewish communal, workers issued a Hebrew Journal under the name “Maccabee” devoted to Jewish National and Zionist questions. The local Jewish Communists contended that the name “Maccabee” held counter-revolutionary associations and demanded that it should be changed to “Working Class Jews.” Thepublishers refused to change the name of the journal, stating that they did not belong to the working class but to the trading class. The result was that the paper was suppressed.

On the 20th of Tammuz a memorial service for Dr. Theodore Herzl was held in the Great Synagogue in Tiflis.

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