BRIGHTON, Mass., (JTA)-
The Jews of Russia were de-
scribed as living "in a spiritual
prison and in a cultural wilder-
ness" by an American rabbi
who recently returned from a
visit to European Jewish com-
Rabbi Joseph S. Shubow, ad-
ministrative vice-president of
the Zionist Organization of
America, also reported that
most Jews of Bulgaria had left
for Israel, and that there were
only 20,000 Jews left in Poland
of a pre-Hitler population of
3,500,000 Jews. The rabbi is the
spiritual leader of Temple Bnai
Rabbi Shubow said that the
religious life he found among
the Jews of Kiev and Moscow
"touches only a tiny minority
of the older generation. The
youth are virtually lost because
of the repressive measures ex-
ercised by the Communist
regime." Adding that there was
still "a faint flickering of cul-
tural life," the rabbi said that
"the religious zeal of the few
devotees can be beheld only
with wonderment and admira-
"The Jews of Kiev are much
more frightened than the Jews
in Moscow," he reported. "The
younger generation knows little
or nothing of Jewish religious
cultural life and values, and
seems to be rapidly assimilat-
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Russia Denies Jews Sanctified Burial; JFK Asked to Intervene
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish
the Vostrakovskoe Cemetery sit- the darkest periods of the mid-
uation, giving Jews the alterna- dle ages." He termed the Soviet
tive of burial in mixed ceme- policy the "cruelest refinement
teries or of cremation—which of inhuman persecution that they
is contrary to Jewish religious could devise." The Senator said
law—might be applied in other developments indicated need for
Russian cities where Jewish cem- a renewal of protests and mus-
eteries are becoming filled.
tering of world public opinion.
NEW YORK, (JTA) — The
WASHINGTON (JTA)—Citing Soviet Ambassador to the
restrictions imposed by the So- United States, Anatoly F. Dobry-
viet Union on Jewish burial in nin, was urged by the National
sanctified ground, Rep. Seymour Council of Young Israel to in-
Halpern, New York Republican, tervene with his government
asked President Kennedy to test to restore to Moscow Jews the
the "thaw" in American-Soviet right to be buried in a Jewish
relations by intervening to re- cemetery in accordance with
lieve rising anti-Jewish pressures Jewish religious burial rites.
in the USSR.
In a telegram to Dobrynin,
Halpern made known in the Rabbi David H. Hill, the coun-
House that he wrote to Kennedy cil's national president, said
with reference to constantly "consecrated burial is one of
mounting Soviet anti - Semitism the basic requirements of the
and the opportunity to alleviate Jewish religion." He asked that
PARIS (JTA) — The 12,000 el-Mizan in the Kabylia region, the situation because of the a special section of a new burial
Jews still living in Algeria were east of Algiers, where several "nuclear test ban treaty atmos- ground in Moscow be reserved
reported to be in a state of panic resistance groups were said to phere."
Halpern made it clear that he
as a result of the charges by be operating.
Algeria that Israel was involved
Razak Abdel Kader wrote a done in the free world to chal-
in an alleged conspiracy to over- book on the Arab-Israeli con- lenge anti - Jewish developments
throw the government of Prem- flict, published in Paris two in Russia. He said the denial of
ier Ahmed Ben Bella.
years ago, in which he traced burial rights indicated "the So-
The reports indicated that the origins of the Arab-Israeli viet authorities have refused to
virtually all of the remaining War and concluded that both let people live as believers in
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On New or Existing Homes
Jews were ready to emigrate, sides would benefit from mu- Judaism; and now they have
out of fear that the charge tual understanding. He report- gone so far as to actually deny
against Israel was prompted by edly spent one year working Jews the right even to a Jewish
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a "basic anti-Semitism" in the on an Israeli kibbutz while burial."
Ben Bella government, and by Palestine was still under the
Sen. Jacob K. Javits, New York
the Premier's wish to find a British Mandate, and experi- Republican, stated meanwhile in
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the kibbutz idea could be ap- mination in Russia denied a
basic privilege granted Jews "in
(In Jerusalem, a government plied to Algeria.
spokesman declined comment on
The book attracted consider-
the Algerian charges, asserting able attention because of Abdel
that Israel could not be expect- Kader's reputation as a person-
ed to react to every "absurd ality close to the FLN leader-
charge uttered or published." ship. Observers believed at the
The charge was considered so time that the book expressed the
bereft of substance as to pre- official FLN line on the Arab
dude even consideration of any Israel di4ute, but that the FLN
official Israel comment.)
was forced to reassess its judg-
Most of the Algerian Jews ment when Ben Bella became
were reported to fear that the the dominant force in the move-
anti-Israel charge portended ment. It was recalled here that,
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a government • clampdown in even before Ben Bella had risen
the near future on emigration. to the leadership of Algeria, he
They also feared tliat the re- had promised Egypt's Gamal
signation of Algeria's elder Abdel Nasser that he would
statesmen and parliamentary raise an army of 100,000 Al-
president, Ferhat Abbas, might gerians to help "liberate" Pales-
worsen the domestic situation. tine from Israeli rule.
The Algerian Jews were re-
In announcing the "Israeli
ported to have been deeply plot," Information Minister Be-
shocked by the statement of In- laouane and other officials
formation Minister Mouloud
stressed that Algeria's 6,500
laoune that most of the 10 ar- Jews—the remnant of the pre-
rested foreigners, charged with independence community o f
participation in the guerrilla 140,000—had nothing to fear.
network, led by Abdel Kader
(In New York, the National
Rezek, were "foreign Jews." The Broadcasting Company transmit-
Information Minister also said ted a report from its Algiers cor-
at the press conference that respondent, Paul Davis, to the
Abdel's wife was "a Polish effect that Israel had suddenly
become the chief target of Al-
This followed an announce- gerian press hostility.)
ment by Premier Ben Bella to
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the Union of Algerian Moslem
Judah Tour°, the American
Students that Razak Abdel Ka- Jewish philanthropist, who gave
der, a senior officer of the anti- a good deal of the money for the
French FLN, known for his pro- Bunker Hill monument, and who
Israel sympathies, had been ar- also was responsible for the be-
rested for leading an insurrec- ginning of the development of
tionary movement. The Premier the new Jerusalem. outside of
said Algerian gendarmes had the Old City, fought as a soldier
captured Abdel Kader's follow- under Andrew Jackson at New
ers after a pitched battle at Dra- Orleans.
LONDON — Fresh details on
reports that Jews in Moscow
were being refused permits to
give their departed a traditional
Jewish burial were received here
Tuesday from the Soviet capital.
The r e p or t s indicated that
while Moscow officials had allo-
cated a new site for a cemetery
because one of the biggest Mos-
cow cemeteries was full, the new
site has no place within it for
a Jewish cemetery section.
Earlier reports were confirmed
that the large general cemetery
on Vostrakovskoe Street, which
has within it a consecrated Jew-
ish burial ground, was full, as
was the Jewish section. It was
also reported that the fact that
the Jewish section has no more
room for graves was not announ-
ced in advance and there were
incidents when burial groups ar-
rived and were told on the spot
that there was no more room in
the Jewish section.
In some of the cases, the
mourners pursuaded officials to
permit burial but in the others,
burials had to take place in
mixed cemeteries where no spe-
cial sections exist for conse-
crated Jewish burials. Both sep-
arate and mixed cemeteries have
been the custom in Russia since
It was feared that the ruling in
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Ben Bella's Threat to Israel
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ZOA Leader Finds
Soviet Jews Live in
`Spiritual Prison '