Commencement of the impressive exhibition "The World of Shake-
speare" at the Art Institute, marking the 400th anniversary of
Shakespeare's birth, draws attention to the influence of Hebrew
Scriptures on The Bard's works . . . Excerpts from Shakespeare's plays
illustrate the point in the illuminating article on Page 5 of this issue.
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Matzoth Situation Worsens in
USSR; Ban Was Not Rescinded
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LONDON—The situation on matzo baking in Soviet Russia has not changed for the better this year, despite impressions in some
Western newspapers that it had, according to information received here Tuesday from sources described as absolutely reliable. Those sources
indicated that, if anything, the situation had worsened since Passover Eve 1963.
The ban on matzo baking has actually not been rescinded. A Russian Jew who wants to obtain matzo for his own use cannot do so freely, as
he could a few years ago. The government bakeries did not for the third year in a row bake matzoth for the coming Passover as had been
reported, and there is no flour available for Jews who might be able to bake the wafers in their homes. Flour is not on sale in the shops.
Last year, a Jewish group outside Moscow was allowed to bake and distribute a small quantity of matzo. This created the impression that
private baking was permissable, but this group did not receive permission to bake matzo this year.
Even in Tiflis, the authorities have refused to provide flour, and this ancient Jewish community will be dependent for the first time in its
history on supplies from abroad.
The report from Moscow that Jews would be able to bring their own flour and bake matzo for themselves on private premises does not
mean this is actually likely to happen, according to the reports received here, because there is no flour to be had.
This means that Soviet Jews will be even more dependent on supplies from abroad than they were last year.
Jews who do not belong to synagogues and yet want matzo for Passover will be excluded from any arrangements that the synagogues
might be able to make for their own members.
In - a few small towns in Georgia, such as Cicass, Kulashi, Sukumi and Kutais, it may be possible to bake some matzoth locally, but these
will be sufficient only for local Jews, and there will not be any surpluses for Jews outside those towns.
Members of the Central Synagogue in Moscow were told by their spiritual leader, Chief Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin, that they must bring
their own flour to have matzoth baked for them this month for Passover, it was reported here from Moscow.
The worshippers were told to bring the flour to the synagogue. They were not told where the matzoth will be baked, but were advised by
the rabbi that they could later pick up the matzoth in the synagogue. Because of the shortage this year in flour in the Soviet Union, the problem of
securing flour for matzoth is serious, the report from Moscow said, estimating that there are today about 30,000 "practicing" Jews in the Soviet
Allied Campaign Gets Into High
Gear With Total of $2,762,000
Israel May Ease Ban on Divorces
Granted by Conservative Rabbis;
Election for Chief Rabbi Tuesday
Allied Jewish Campaign leaders from several divisions were heartened Tuesday
night by the announcement, made by Isidore Sobeloff, the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion's executive vice president, that the total already raised in the drive has
reached the sum of $2,762,000.
While the campaign officially is scheduled to open on April '7, all divisions
are active to reach their prospective contributors, and many hundreds of workers
are proceeding to make the community contacts to achieve this year's goal of a
minimum of $5,000,000.
The announcement of the present status of the drive was made at the dinner
meeting arranged jointly by the real estate and mechanical trades divisions.
Leaders in other divisions were among the 350 guests at the gathering, which
was inspired by an eloquent address by Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Abba S.
The Israeli leader described the transformations that have taken place in
the world affecting Israel's status in the 1960s as contrasted with thie 1950s, and
admonished his audience to understand Israel's unique burdens which involve the
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JERUSALEM—Belief that a settlement acceptable to all concerned would
be found concerning the refusal of the Israeli rabbinate to recognize Jewish
divorces granted by American Conservative rabbis was voiced Tuesday by Dr.
Zorach Warhaftig, Israel's religious affairs minister.
The Rabbinical Assembly of America, representing the Conservative Rabbinate,
disclosed last month it had engaged Gideon Hausner, former Israeli attorney
general, to examine the possibility of legal action on the issue. The rabbinical
group said it intended to force the issue to a conclusion.
Dr. Warhaftig said that he would take the issue up with the new Chief Rab-
binate which he said would be elected next Tuesday. He said the Sephardi Chief
Rabbi, Yitzhak Nissim, and Tel Aviv's Chief Rabbi, Issar Untermann, were the
Another candidate is believed to be Rabbi Sholem Goren, chief chaplain of
Israel's armed forces.
Israel has had no chief Ashkenazi rabbi since the death of the late Rabbi
Isaac Halevi Herzog, in 1959. Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim is expected to be• re-elected
Chief Sephardic Rabbi without opposition.
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Safran Elected President of Federation
Hyman Safran, for the past five years a vice president of the organization, has been elected president of the Jewish Welfare
Active in Jewish and general community service and religious organizational activity. Safran is president of the Safran
Printing Co. He succeeds Max M. Fisher, who completed five years in the office and who has been named chairman of the
executive committee, a position previously held by Chief Judge Theodore Levin, of the United States District Court of Eastern
Other officers chosen were: Jack 0. Lefton, Louis Tabashnik and Paul Zuckerman, vice presidents; Isidore Sobeloff,
executive vice president and secretary; Jacob A. Citrin, treasurer. The following were elected to the executive committee as
members-at-large: Mrs. Theodore Bargman, Charles H. Gershenson, Irwin Green, Louis LaMed, Erwin S. Simon, Phillip Stollman,
George M. Stutz, A. Alfred Taubman and Stanley J. Winkelman. Honorary members include Mrs. Joseph H. Ehrlich, Abe Srere
and Judge Levin.
Other members of the executive committee by virtue of office or committee chairmanship include Samuel S. Greenberg,
chairman, community relations division; Mandell L. Berman, education division chairman; Alan E. Schwartz, health and welfare
division chairman; Max M. Shaye; Max J. Zivian, United Jewish Charities; and Mrs. Phillip R. Marcuse, Women's Division
Past president of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Safran serves on the board of Sinai Hospital and on the executive committee
of the Jewish Community Council. He has served on the state board of the Jewish War Veterans and as a director of the Printing
Industry of America, besides holding several JWF leadership positions.