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British Minister Meets with Chareidim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A delegation of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew CongregationÉ met with the Home Secretary the Right Hon. Jack Straw to appraise him of the growing size and activities of the chareidi community in the U.K.

The delegation included Councilor Joe Lobenstein M.B.E., Vice President of the Union and chairman of its External Affairs Committee, and two leading Executive members, Rabbi Abraham Pinter, Principal of the Yesodei Hatorah School, and Mr. Winston Held.

The Home Secretary who was accompanied by senior civil servants welcomed the opportunity to review a wide range of concerns to the Jewish Community in general, and the Orthodox section in particular.

The delegation was gratified to note the Minister's knowledge of the Jewish Community and particularly his immediate willingness to ensure that the Union will, in the future, be consulted at the earliest possible stage when Jewish interests are concerned.

Among the issues discussed was race relations, communal security, matters arising from medical advance, post mortems, the disadvantages of double British Summer Time and the forthcoming Holocaust Day.

"We are a growing community and feel more and more we should stand on our own feet, and should see government ministers from time to time," said Mr. Lobenstein.

 

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