U.S. Orthodox Rabbis Urge More Pressure on USSR Jewish Issue
Reporting on their visit and pletely exhausted; permission for
meetings with Soviet Jewish lead- parents to arrange for religious
ers, Rabbi Israel Miller, president instruction of their children; and
of the Orthodox rabbinical group, permission for Jews to rejoin
who headed the delegation, said their families in other countries.
The delegation called for the
that the most urgent needs in-
creation of a "central Jewish
cluded the setting aside of new
council or agency to coordinate
land for Jewish cemeteries in
the activities of synagogue and
Moscow and Leningrad, where
rabbinic functions" and for per-
Jewish burial grounds are corn-
mission to be granted Soviet
rabbinic leaders to attend rab-
binical conventions and convoca-
tions in other countries. The
Rabbinical Council had invited
Moscow Chief Rabbi Yehuda
Levin to attend the organ-
ization's annual convention next
Delegations from Michigan com- Geisser, executive director.
The National Vigil of Prayer
munities, including Detroit, Flint
Noting that the Jewish commu-
and other cities are being mobi-
nity in Moscow had now been
lized for participation in the four-
giVen permission to bake matzo
day National Eternal Light Vigil Then the delegations will march for Passover, Rabbi Miller urged
in Washington starting Sunday. It to the Soviet Embassy to present that this right be extended to other
will be a convocation protest petitions bearing signatures from Jewish communities in the Soviet
against the anti-Jewish discrimina- throughout the country protesting Union. He also called for the
Soviet oppression of its 3,000,000
tions in Russia.
establishment of Jewish theologi-
Dr. Samuel Krohn, president of Jews.
cal seminaries in other Soviet
the Jewish Community Council,
cities besides Moscow.
will head the local delegation tize and enlist widespread public
Asserting that there were "signs
from Zionist, congregational, fra- concern for the plight of Jews in on the horizon that the govern-
the Soviet Union, who are syste- mental authorities of Russia are
ternal and other groups.
A delegation from the Flint matically deprived of the means sensitive to the outpouring of
Jewish Community Council will of cultural and religious survival. criticisms from the Western world
and are removing some curbs
consist of Dr. and Mrs. Saul S.
which had been placed upon Jew-
Gorne, Michael A. Pelavin, chair-
ish citizens," Rabbi Miller said
man of the Council's community
that the "Russians react to these
voices of protest when they are
convinced there is no political
motivation behind these expres-
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sions of dissatisfaction."
Citing the easing of the Soviet
SER O V F E
policy toward religion, shown in
the recently issued map showing
the locations of Moscow's churches
and synagogue, Rabbi Miller said
James Roosevelt, U.S. ambas-
sador-designate to the Economic that Soviet Jewry would "also be
and Social Council at the United the beneficiaries of such change."
He noted that "in sharp con-
Nations (left), and civil rights
trast to the dearth of young
leader Bayard Rustin will be
people at synagogue services in
speakers at the National Eternal
such major cities as Moscow,
Light Vigil in Washington.
Leningrad and Kiev, where the
worshippers were in their 60s
Locally, signatures will be secured or older, we were pleasantly
in Flint's churches this Sunday, surprised to find several hun-
through . the cooperation of the dred young, middle aged and
Greater Flint Council of Churches. elderly people at the daily serv-
Mayor • Harry K. Cull of Flint ice in Tbilsi (Tiflis). We were
has issued a proclamation con- impressed with the vitality of
demning the religious and cul- Jewish life in the Georgian
tural persecutiOn being inflicted Republic."
Rabbi Miller said that the meas-
upon Soviet Jewry.
A film, "The Price of Silence," ures announced at the time of the
narrated by Edward G. Robinson, delegation's visit, including per-
dealing with Soviet Anti-Semitism, mission to print 10,000 Hebrew
will be shown on WJRT, Channel prayerbooks and the reopening of
12, Flint, this Saturday, beginning the Moscow Rabbinical Seminary
211 S. SAGINAW, PONTIAC/LI . 9-6161
to 30 students, "represent only
at 10:30 p.m.
the beginning of change which, we
hope, will result in the normaliza-
tion of life for the entire Jewish
community of Russia."
Rabbi Miller called for support
of the Eternal Light Vigil meet-
ing to be held in Washington
Sunday, noting that "this is the
type of responsible demonstra-
tion which can be effective!'
Referring to recent changes in
the structure of the Soviet econ-
omy which introduced many ele-
ments of capitalism and private
enterprise, Rabbi Miller expressed
the hope that "these changes will
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dren in accordance with their
ancestral beliefs. The fact that
conditions vary within Russia
strengthens our hope that such a
change can be effected."
NEW YORK (JTA) —A delega- I
Von of nine rabbis of the Rab-
binical Council of America, who
visited the Soviet Union this sum-
mer, called for immediate meas-
ures to ease the plight of Soviet
Jewry which, they declared, "re-
mains grave and must be the
continuing concern and responsi-
bility of the entire free world."
Delegations from All Faiths to Meet
in Washington to Protest USSR Bias
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