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J. D. B. News Letter

December 30, 1928
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Anglo-Jewish Board of Deputies Urges Rabbinical Action on Divorce Problems By Our London Correspondent

The convening of an authoritative conference of Orthodox Rabbis to solve the problem of divorce and other problems affecting the position of Jewish women was urged by the Board of Jewish Deputies in a resolution adopted at its meeting here today, under the chairmanship of O. E. d’Avigdor Goldsmid, president.

After a discussion on the question of “Gett,” the Board adopted the following motion: “That this Board is of the opinion that, having regard to the divorce and other problems affecting the position of Jewish women, the London Beth Din should seriously consider the desirability of taking steps to secure the convening of an authoritative Conference of Orthodox Rabbis.”

On the occasion of the change of Government in Roumania there has been a friendly correspondence between the Joint Foreign Committee and leading members of the new Cabinet, says the report of the Joint Foreign Committee by the Board. M. Madgearu, on behalf of his colleagues, it states, has assured the Committee of its intention to realize the most harmonious relations with all the minorities in the kingdom.

The Committee is still in correspondence with the Roumanian Government on the subject of the decree relating to aliens which was promulgated in October.

Further correspondence has passed between the Committee on the one hand and the Foreign Office and the Secretary-General of the League of Nations on the other, relative to the restricted right of petition to the Council of the League enjoyed by national as distinct from international organizations. So far, the correspondence has proved hopeful. On November 15th, Sir Eric Drummond informed the Committee that while under the existing rules the petition of the Committee could not be presented to the Council, he was of the opinion that it raised points which could be usefully submitted to the Council, and he added, “this I intend to do at its forthcoming session.” The communications received from His Majesty’s Government on the same subject are equally encouraging.

The alleged persecution of Judaism in Russia which has been almost uninterruptedly before the Committee during the last three years was further considered. A confidential correspondence was laid before the Committee in which the best means of coming to the assistance of the Russian Jews was discussed. The question is full of difficulties and it is not yet possible for the Committee to make any definite statement as to the exact situation in Russia or the most appropriate remedial measures.

In view of the attention which has been called to the alleged sufferings of the Jews of the Yemen by the British and American press, the American Jewish Committee has proposed that steps shall be taken by the leading Jewish organizations to ascertain the exact truth and if necessary to secure protection for the victims. The Joint Foreign Committee has been very happy to fall in with his suggestion and it hopes very shortly to be in a position to announce a plan of action.

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