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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-05-31

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, May 31, 1968-15

Rabbi Levin's Traveling Companions
Announced by Novosti Press Agency

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The So-
viet Embassy last weekend issued a
Novosti press agency release here
providing details on the members
of the Jewish religious delegation
to visit the United States June 10
in fulfillment of a Soviet arrange-
ment with an anti-Zionist organi-
zation, the American Council for
Judaism.
The release was writen by Sam-
uel Rozin, Novosti correspondent,
and entitled "Visiting Co-Religion-
ists." It included an interview with
Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin, 74,
spiritual leader of the Moscow
Choral Synagogue.
Rozin quoted the rabbi as say-
ing that he was previously in-
vited abroad on a number of
occasions "and not only to the
United States. Unfortunately,
the state of my health made it
impossible to accept these kind
invitations. Recently, I under-
went an intricate operation . . .
my health has improved and I
have consented to accept this
invitation of the American Coun-
cil for Judaism." He said that
"in his leter inviting me, Mr.
BM Gottlieb, American Coun-
cil public relations director,
asked me to make a report on
a number of questions con-
cerning the situation of the Jew-
ish religion in the Soviet Union."
The release sought to give the
impression that Jews enjoy ade-
quate religious facilities in the
USSR. It stated that Rabbi Levin_
"simultaneously heads the Kol
Yakov Yeshiva, and many of his
pupils are now working as rabbis
and ritual slaughterers in various
cities of the Soviet Union." Ref-
erence was made to supplies of
matzo, prayerbooks and other
religious needs provided allegedly
to Russian Jewry.
Another member of the dele-
gation, Rabbi Israel Shvartsblat,
55, of Odessa, was identified as a
native of Lithuania who completed
yeshiva studies in 1935. Rabbi
Israel Bronfman, of Derbent, Dag-
hestan, was also identified as a
delegation member. The fourth
delegate is David Stiskin, cantor
of the Leningrad Synagogue.
Rabbi Levin will address a spe-
cial meeting of the Council for
Judaism June 13 in New York. A
council spokesman said that the
meeting would be the only one
under its auspices at which the
Moscow rabbi will speak. He said
the council had no information on
other plans for Rabbi Levin and
the three members of the Jewish
religious delegation who will ac-
company him.
Henry N. Rapaport, president
of the United Synagogue of
America, charged Monday that
Rabbi Levin had been allow
ed to accept an invitation to
come here "only when the spon-
sorship came from anti-Zionist
groups in America."
Rapaport told a regional confer-
ence of the United Synagogue in
Connecticut that
repeated written
and personal in-
vitations to Rabbi
Levin to attend
the international
Jewish confer-
) ences in Europe
/ and America had
been turned down
allegedly because
or Rabbi Levin's
ill health, He
also commented
on the fact that
Rapaport
the initial an-
nouncement of Rabbi Levin's visit
had bene made by a Soviet em-
bassy information officer rather
than by direct response from Rabbi
Levin.
He charged that "huge quanti-
ties" of Tora scrolls, Megillot, Tal-

mudic volumes and Judaic schol-
arly works were "rotting and de-
caying" in various parts of the
Soviet Union but, he said, Soviet
authorities had not accepted offers
by Jewish delegations to raise
funds for the restoration work re-
quired. Meanwhile, he said, the
Soviet Union was permitting "this
mass of cultural and religious
treasures to disintegrate."
The recently resigned executive
director of the anti-Zionist Amer-
ican Council for Judaism charged
Monday that the organization has
deliberately refused to concern
itself with the plight of Jews in
Communist and Arab countries.
Dr. Norton Mezvinsky said that
the Council's Philanthropic Fund,
which distributes over $100,000 an-
nually, might have been used to
help alleviate the plight of Jews in
Arab states following the Arab
abuse vented against them, after
the Six-Day War. Such a possibil-
ity, he said, existed becasue of the
'measure of influence which the
American Council has with the
Arabs. But the fund's executives
blocked such assistance because it
might have had "political over-
tones," he asserted.
Dr. Mezvinsky declared that
the idea of inviting Rabbi Yehu-
da Leib Levin of Moscow to the
United States was originally
conceived by himself and the
American' Council's public rela-
tions director, Bill Gottlieb.
The invitation, he said, was ex-
tended through official Soviet or-
gans, trough Richard Korn, the
council's president, denied such a
connection when the Soviet em-
bassy in Washington announced
the visit April 16.
Dr. Mezvinsky asserted that
Gottfried Neuberger, a Council
member and U.S: representative of
the ultra-Orthodox Neturei Karta
sect of Jerusalem, sought to dis-
place the council as visit sponsor
by charging in a letter to Rabbi
Levin that the Council was com-
prised of non-Sabbath observing
Jews. He said that when Neuberg-
er's effort failed the latter ar-
ranged with the council and the
Naturei Karta's American link,
known as the "Friends of Jerusa-
lem," to co-sponsor the visit.

864 Technion Graduates
Hailed by Moshe Dayan

HAIFA—"Last year you proved
the possibility of combining ac-
tive military service with aca-
demic studies. Now that you have
graduated, please continue in the
future to combine your scientific
work with the needs of Israel's
defense," said Minister of De-
fence Moshe Dayan in a telegram
to the 864 recipients of degrees and
diplomas at the annual graduation
ceremony on the campus of the
Technion—Israel Institute of Tech-
nology.
Two degrees were presented
posthumously to the families of
Matityahu Rosenzweig of the de-
partment of chemistry and Hannan
Kalev of the faculty of mechanical
engineering, who fell in action
since the Six-Day War.
This year, 17 students of the first
preparatory course for Sephardi
soldiers completed their studies
and received their bachelor of
science degrees. Two of them grad-
uated with honors—Avraham Ma-
zor of the department of chemical
engineering, who was born in
Syria, and Akiva David, who was
born in Egypt. The latter was
seriously wounded in the Six-Day
War, but despite physical disa-
bilities he excelled in his exami-
nations and was appointed assist-
ant in the faculty of mechanical
engineering.
Six foreign students received
masters degrees.

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