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October 28, 1988 - Image 127

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-10-28

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Woman Rabbi
In S. America

New York (JTA) — The
Associacao Religiosa Israelita
synagogue in Rio de Janeiro
welcomed Rabbi Margaret
Meyer as the first woman rab-
bi to speak from the bimah in
Latin America.
In her sermon, Meyer, of
Temple Beth Sholom in Mid-
dletown, Ohio, told the 1,000
Jews in attendance, "That I
am able to stand here with
you in this service shows how
far we have come. But the
struggle for women's rights in
Judaism yet has ground to
Meyer's visit this summer,
accompanied by her husband,
Professor Michael Meyer, a
noted historian, was spon-
sored by the World Union for
Progressive Judaism, the um-
brella organization of inter-
national Reform Jewry.
Of the 500,000 mostly unaf-
filiated Jews in Latin
America, an increasing
number are joining non-
Orthodox synagogues, accor-
ding to Rabbi Clifford
Kulwin, international affairs
director for the World Union.
Four new Reform congrega-
tions, with World Union spon-
sorship, have been establish-
ed in Latin America in the
past three years.

Jews Compete
For Position

Brussels (JTA) — The
35,000 member Brussels
Jewish community is having
trouble electing a new presi-
dent to replace the incum-
bent, Markus Pardes, who has
The problem is, there's a
For the first time since the
creation in 1967 of the Coor-
dinating Committee of
Belgian Jewish Organiza-
tions, the community body,
there ig more than one can-
didate in the running.


Jerusalem (JTA) — A
general economic slowdown
in Israel continued during the
third quarter of the year, the
Bank of Israel, the country's
central bank, announced
Although employment rose,
industrial output was down,
there were fewer sales to the
local market and a steady rise
in exports ended. The con-
struction and hotel industries
also reported a drop in

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