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So. African Government to Keep Register of All Vacancies for Rabbis

March 3, 1966
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

The Department of the Interior has asked the South African Jewish Board of Deputies to submit a complete schedule of all posts in the republic for rabbis, ministers, Hebrew teachers and shochtim, together with the names of present incumbents and existing vacancies. The Board has supplied the facts required.

The Department has emphasized that all vacancies for such posts must be advertised. Before permitting the entry of candidates from overseas, documentary evidence must be produced, showing not only that the vacancy has been advertised, but also that no suitable candidates already in South Africa are available for appointment.

Reporting these facts to the monthly meeting of Deputies in Johannesburg, Maurice Porter, chairman of the Board, said it was important that congregations and other bodies concerned should adhere strictly to the regulations, otherwise they may suffer delays and embarrassment in securing visas for the admission of new incumbents.

The new procedure follows difficulties that have arisen when persons have come from overseas as ministers and teachers, and have subsequently left their posts to enter other employment, where different procedures apply to new immigrants. The Government has always facilitated the entry of rabbis and other officials required by the Jewish community for religious duties.

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