22—Friday, July 12, 1968
THE DETROIT. JEWISH NEWS
Existence of Jewish Life Told
by Leaders in Communist Lands
Moscow Rabbi Challenged on Claim
There Are 85 USSR Ordained Rabbis
NEW YORK (JTA) — The
American Jewish Conference on
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
mutually exclusive and this is gen- Soviet Jewry expressed a differ-
to The Jewish News)
ence of opinion with Rabbi Yehuda
GENEVA — Four Jewish com- erally acknowledged not only by Leib Levin and the Soviet mission
munity leaders from Communist
to the United Nations on certain
countries reported here Monday and our people. We Jews of Ro- conditions of Soviet Jewry. "We
that Jewish life and Judaism can mania have no fear at all of being were very pleased that Rabbi
exist and even thrive in those accused of dual loyalties." Ro - Levin and Cantor David Stiskin
lands despite their political or- mania is the only Communist bloc (of Leningrad) . were given per-
. ientation and totally secular out- country that did not break diplo - -mission to come to the United
look. They indicated that strenu- matic relations with Israel follow - States and that they were • so
ous efforts are being made, in ing the June 1967 Arab-Israel war -warmly received by the U.S. Jew-
some cases with government sup- and the two countries maintain ish community," Rabbi Israel
port, to revive Judaism among strong trade relations.
Miller, head of the conference,
Dr. Max Nussbaum, chairman commented. "At the same time,
the younger generation in commu-
nities that were • almost destroyed of the American section of the we are concerned about a nega-
WJCongress, told the Jewish tive element which might blur the
by the Nazi holocaust.
Telegraphic Agency later that plight of Soviet Jewry."
The speakers addressed the
Rabbi Levin, before leaving for
governing council of the World he was "very impressed with the
Jewish Congress which convened unique approach of the Roman- Montreal July 1 en route home,
ian government to religious said there were 85 seminary-
Monday for meetings that ran
including of course, Ro- trained and ordained rabbis func-
through July 11. One of them,
tioning in the Soviet Union. Rabbi
Frantisek S. Fuchs, president of
Dr. Nussbaum was a membe r Miller said that, according to the
the Federation of Jewish Commu-
nities of Bohemia and Moravia, of the WJCongress delegation tha t conference's information, there
told the gathering that religions attended celebrations in Buch _ are three or perhaps four practic-
can exist in Czechoslovakia if they arest to mark the 20th anniversary ing, '9 r d a i n e d rabbis for the
2,500,000 Jews in European Russia.
of Rabbi Rosen's ministry.
"If there are 82 others in cen-
The governing council of the
"The government supports us,
tral Asia or smaller communities,
to be sure," he said. "But we
they may be practicing but not
are a sadly depleted community. a resolution asserting that "a ordained or ordained but not prac-
Out of 15,000 children in There-
without regard to differing pol- ticing. Or they may be the rabbis
sienstadt (the wartime Nazi con-
itical social and economic sys- of Oriental communities," he said.
centration camps) only 100 came
"But this does not solve the prob-
back. But now we have a new
lem of such communities as Kiev
generation of which we are very
edutation and life in two widely which has several hundred thou-
proud. We teach them the Jew-
sand Jews and no rabbis, or Mos-
separated countries — Iran and
ish faith and Jewish ethics. Our
cow which has 500,000 Jews and
children are not really religious
were given by delegates.
but they -feel their Jewishness
I The conference also replied to
very deeply and this goes for
The informants were Moshe Ker- a statistical analysis, provided by
children of mixed marriages as. manian of the Central Jewish Com- the Soviet mission, on Russian
well," Fuchs said.
munity of Iran, who addressed the Jews in higher education, science,
Dr. Benjamin Eichler, president council in Hebrew, and Dr. Teddy research, technology and industrial
of the Federation of Jewish Com- Schneider, president of the South management, which purports to
munities of Slovakia, agreed that African Jewish Board of Deputies. indicate that Jews are proportion-
"Jews can exist as Jews in our Both said the anti-Semitic manifes- ally well represented with respect
country" although there are no tations in their countries were
denominational schools. "But we minor and were discouraged by
give our children a Jewish educa- the authorities.
tion through our own resources
Kermainian reported "great
and we have spoken out against progress" in education in Iran
assimilation." Dr. Eichler said and said "we are rather proud
that 20 young boys and girls of of it." He noted that of a Jew-
the Jewish community are present- ish population of 8,000 there are
ly working on Kibutzim in Israel
1,400 Jewish students which is
for the summer. ,
10 times the ratio for the coup-
Bernard G. Richards, head of
Dr. L. Kadelburg, president - try as a whole. He said that the Jewish Information Bureau in
of the Jewish Communities of
400 - Iranian Jews were now New York, is the compiler of the
Yugoslavia, declared that "we
studying at Israeli university vital material written by A. L.
are not the last of our genera-
whereas it was previously the
tion of Yugoslav Jews. There
habit to-go to American or Euro-
will be continuity, and I'm glad
pean universities. He said that
to say that the attitude of our
the Shah and the government
government to - Middle Eastern
"continued in the great tradition
politics has not affected the pos-
of Cyrus" to consider Iranian
ition of Yugoslav Jews in any
Jews completely Persian and
were both fair and just to Jew-
Dr. Moses Rosen, chief rabbi ish communal needs.
of Romania, asserted that "love of
Nevertheless, he said Aliya (im-
Zion and authentic and devoted
citizenship of Romania are not migration) has never ceased and
there were now 8,000 Iranian Jews
' in Israel which is equal to the
entire Jewish population of Iran.
Dr. Schneider said that South
African Jews had always been ar-
dent Zionists and remained so.
Hebrew was spreading, he said,
adding that a major task confront-
ing the community was Jewish
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to other elements of the Russian
population in these fields.
"About Jews in these fields—
this is not really the major prob-
lem of Jews in the Soviet Union,"
Rabbi Miller said. "It falls into
the category of 'some of my best
friends are Jews.' Our major con-
cern is suffocation of Jewish cul-
ture and religion, and therefore
just bringing out statistics about
how many Jews are in colleges
and in the various fields does not
respond to the major charge,"
Rabbi Miller contended.
The Congress for Jewish Cul-
ture disputed a statement by Rabbi
Levin that there was no official
anti-Semitism in Russia and that
Soviet Jews enjoyed the same
rights as all other ethnic minor-
ities there. The executive board of
the Congress said in a statement
that "Jews have been blatantly
excepted from the cultural rights
granted all othesr nationalities in
the USSR. We categorically deny
the official explanations of the
Soviet representatives. They are
false and dishonest. The fact that
Chief Rabbi Levin is repeating
all the official explanations of the
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