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    At a ceremony in Budapest on Sunday (9 March) two rabbis were ordained at the same time.

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    GV Leading rabbis (Professors of the Institute for training of Rabbis) walk through hall of institute with the two graduates
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    SV Congregation
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    SV Professor Jackov Fischmann, Chief Rabbi of Moscow
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    SV The two candidates, Adolf Sajevitch from Soviet Union pictured on left, Laszlo Deutsch of Hungary on right
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    SV PAN Members of congregation
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    SV Dr Scheiber, rector and cantor, ordaining the two new rabbis
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    CU White-bearded member of congregation watches
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    SV PAN Members of congregation
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    SV Rabbi Fischmann and Dr Scheiber kiss new rabbis and present them with scrolls
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    Background: At a ceremony in Budapest on Sunday (9 March) two rabbis were ordained at the same time. One of them was from the Soviet Union's autonomous region for Jewish people in Birobijan, the other new rabbi was Hungarian. The leader of Moscow's Jewish community, Professor Jakov Fischmann, made a special visit to Hungary for the ceremony. Jewish students are sent to train as rabbis in Hungary with the approval of the Soviet government and they return home when they are qualified.

    SYNOPSIS: The ceremony took place at the Hungarian Rabbinical Seminary. It's the only training college for rabbis in eastern Europe and was founded 103 years ago. Eighty-thousand Jews live in Hungary which enjoys more religious freedom than many countries in the Warsaw Pact. There are many Jewish people in senior positions in the Communist Party and in the government. Teaching is said to be the only tyre of job from which Jewish people are firmly excluded.

    Professor Fischmann, from Moscow took part in the ceremonies. Af???lf Sajevitch the new Rabbi - pictured on the right - comes from Birobijan, the Soviet Union's Jewish autonomous region. There is a population of about two million Jews in the Soviet Union.

    Dr Sandor Scheiber, the director of the Seminary, has sent many pupils to follow their calling and most of them are free to emigrate to Israel or anywhere else in the world, but the majority of them choose to stay in Hungary. Hungary's Chief Rabbi has said his people have always spoken Hungarian rather than Yiddish and have always wanted to be educated as Hungarians. He said that before World War one Jewish people were treated as strangers, but now they were allowed to feel at home. They could be Hungarians in their country and Jewish in their synagogues.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7M5B5O4ZDRAHWCZMTDX43Y1UH
    Media URN:
    VLVA7M5B5O4ZDRAHWCZMTDX43Y1UH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1980
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    Unknown
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
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