Rabbi Levin Impressed With Reception in U.S.;
Hopes Americans 'Altered Notions of Russia'
guaranteed in the &Met Constitu-
tion. It urged that Russian Jews
be allowed to live their lives as
they wished and to transmit their
language, literature, tradition and
historic culture to their children.
Although the' resolution was a
strong indictment of Soviet treat-
ment of the Jews, it was regarded
by some participants as moderate.
Sympathizers of Cuba's Fidel Cas-
tro demanded a much stronger
The editorial, which welcomed
the Jews benefit from it.
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Rabbi Hechtman revealed that the convening of a Latin American
warmly and with tremendous in-
terest. I deem it unnecessary to Cantor Stiskin told him that he conference of intellectuals here
dwell on the unseemly behavior of does not make his living as a today to consider the Soviet anti-
a handful of hooligans at a mass hazzan in Leningrad but rather Jewish policies, sharply criticized
meeting in Hunters College. You as an engineer in a government the Soviet regime for having in-
troduced charges of "economic
should have seen 2,000 New York factory there.
Rabbi Levin said that he had crimes" against Jews. It stressed
Jews greeting our delegation on
their feet that night..I should also a rather limited idea of Jewish that protests against the Soviet THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
like to point out, esteemed parish. life in the United States gathered anti-Jewish policies were most ap-
Friday, July 12, 1968-7
ioners, that many in America, I from Jewish visitors to his syna- propriate today since this is Inter-
hope, have changed their notions gogue—and that many came with
of the Soviet Union after they had cameras which they used during it welcomed the initiative of intel-
services, and drove up in lim- lectual elementi in condemning
heard what we had to say.
"Various people asked whether ousines. He said he was amazed Soviet anti-Jewish "cultural geno-
there was anti-Semitism in - the to see the vitality of Jewish life cide."
A conference of leading Latin
Soviet Union. It was obvious that in the 'U.S. and that he had known
the Americans had a poor knowl- only what it was like 50 years American intellectuals and writ-
edge of our life, our rights, our ago, Rabbi Hechtman said. Rabbi ers on the plight of Jews in
opportunities, of the real state of
affairs. I made it clear that in couraged to hope that Russian the adoption of a resolution de-
the Soviet Union, by virtue of its Jewish youth would help to make manding that the Soviet govern-
NO FALSE PROMISES — JUST GOOD DEALS
humane character, by virtue of its Russian life equally vital in com- ment grant Jews the, same cul-
tural and religious freedoms
"WE SELL BECAUSE OF OUR REPUTATION"
social system, there are no condi- ing- years.
enjoyed by other ethnic groups
The American Council for
tions for anti-Semitism, for per-
Judaism, the anti-Zionist organ-
in the USSR and that it honor
secuting some nationality or other.
the _ Dee. 3, 1966 pledge by
I repeated everywhere that we ization which had originally in-
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Premier Alexei Kosygin in Paris
had to pray to God and to exert vited Rabbi Levin and Cantor
that Russian Jews would be
our efforts for the strengthening Sitiskin, made public a letter
permitted to emigrate to be re-
of the friendship between the peo- from Rabbi Levin expressing his
united with their families abroad.
ples of our two countries, to "sincere thanks" for "making
uphold the cause of world peace." it possible for me to have a
The conference, which opened. IBM
(Cantor David Stiskin said that wonderful dialogue with the last Thursday, brought together
the Americans gave a very good Urge Jewish community of 48 intellectuals from eight Latin
reception to the film on a divine America."
American countries, among them
Rabbi Levin wrote that for him- a former president of Guatemala,
service in the Moscow Choral
Synagogue which the delegation self and for Cantor Stiskin, it was leading academicians and editors
showed in the United States. "an inspiring and stimulating ex- and directors of some of the con-
"This truthful story about the re- perience" and expressed the hope tinent's foremost newspapers and
ligious activities of the Jewish that "Almighty God make it possi- periodicals. It was the first gather-
believers in the USSR was an eye- ble to visit you a second time ing of its kind in Latin America
opener to many," Stiskin said. and have the opportunity again devoted to the condition of Soviet
"I am sure," he went on, "that our to embrace American Jews." Rabbi Jewry and drew participants whose
trip would be conducive to a better Levin wrote further that he would political philosophies ranged from
understanding between us and our report to his congregants what he the conservative to the extreme
had seen of American Jewish life. left-wing. Its impact an the ortho-
coreligionists in America.")
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MONTREAL (JTA)—During his my heart: the hope that the demned the gathering as an "anti-
Montreal visit, which ended July 3, spiritual bond which united our Communist, Zionist provocation."
Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin of two communities will grow strong-
The resolution demanded that
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Soviet Jewish citizens their rights
pray) registered with the Soviet and countries."
authorities. He was asked about Rabbis to Visit Russia,
them at a meeting with the leader- - Czechoslovakia, Romania
NEW YORK (JTA)—A delega-
ship of the Canadian Jewish Con-
tion of 15 American rabbis, mem-
Also asked about the number of bers of the Rabbinical Assembly,
rabbis in the Soviet Union, he said will visit the Soviet Union, as well
he had no way of knowing since as Czechoslovakia and Romania,
there is no central Jewish rabbi- later this month. It will be the
nical body, according to Rabbi first such visit by a Rabbinical
Isaac L. Hechtman, executive di- Assembly delegation. Rabbi Wolfe
rector of the Montreal Jewish Kelman, executive vice-president
Community Council (Vaad Hair). of the association of Conservative
Rabbi Levin and Cantor David rabbis, who will head the delega-
Stiskin of Leningrad left Montreal tion, said the rabbis have received
July 3 on a Soviet Aeroflot air- visas from Soviet authorities for
liner for the 10-hour, trip back the visit. They will spend 10 days
in the Soviet Union, visiting
Rabbi Hechtman, who provided Moscow and Leningrad, and two
JTA with details of the Levin- or three days each in Prague and
Stiskin Montreal visit, related that Bucharest.
They will make the visit from
Rabbi Levin was also asked why
there_ is no central Jewish religious London, where they will attend
body in the Soviet Union com- the conference of the World Coun-
parable to such bodies permitted cil of Synagogues July 15-18;
other religions: Rabbi • Hechtman Rabbi Kelman said. They plan to
said that Rabbi Levin replied that arrive in Leningrad on July 18.
Soviet authorities have told him Their visit also will be the first
that since Russia is officially an by an American delegation since
atheistic country and the Jewish the first visit to the United
community there had no central States by Rabbi Yehuda Leib
body even before the- Russian Levin of Moscow and Cantor David
Revolution, the government can- David Stiskin of Leningrad.
In Syracuse, the Upstate Coun-
not be- expected' to allow one now.
A public meeting held at the cil of Youth for Soviet Jewry
Beth Zion Synagogue, second larg- began July 3 a camaign to
est in Montreal, was jammed, secure 100,000 signatures on a
Rabbi Hechtman said. There were petition calling for removal of
1,500 inside and another 1,200 religious and cultural discrimina-
outside, by police estimate, that tion against Jews of the Soviet
could not get in. Rabbi Levin drew ,Union. Five thousand copies of
the biggest applause there, Rabbi the petition were being distributed
Hechtman said, when he said, throughout the area. The signa -
"May God help us to hear .good tid- tures will be presented to the
ings from you, and you from us." Soviet Embassy in Washington,
He told the audience that he Dec. _ 10, International Human .
could not speak in the name of the Rights Day.
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there_is peace, he reportedly said, its children in its avm. langttage.
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