Jewish Groups Map 'Operation Exodus"
to Confront Russians at Conclave
CHICAGO (JTA) — Soviet dele- frontation with the Soviet dele-
gates to the Pugwash conference gates "Operation E x o d u s" be-
at Lake Geneva, Wis. will be con- cause the plea to the Soviet gov-
fronted Sunday by the Jewish ernment is the same as Moses
community of metropolitan Chi- brought before Pharaoh: "Let our
cago in "Operation Exodus," it people go!" Dredze said. He
was announced by Dr. Paul Hur- added the council objected to four
witz and Mitchell Dredze, co- principal aspects of the persecu-
chairmen of the Community Coun- tion - of Jews by the Soviet govern-
cil of Jewish Organizations.
ment: Refusal to allow Russian
Dr. Hurwitz said the CCJO, rep- Jews to emigrate to Israel; im-
resenting 41 major Jewish organ- prisonment and torture of Jews in
izations, will hold "Operation secret; denial of rights to oper-
Exodus" to protest continuing per- ate religious schools and to have
religious books and publications;
secution of Jews in the USSR.
and anti-Jewish campaigns in the
"The 18 Soviet delegates to the Soviet press.
Pugwash conference and the other
"The oppressed Jews of the
delegates as well, must be made
aware of the continuing persecu- USSR must know that the world
not forgotten them," Dr. Hur-
tion of Jews by the Soviet govern-
ment." Dr. Hurwitz emphasized witz declared. "We hope the Sov-
will listen to
that the CCJO does not oppose the
conference or other forms of in- our plea and carry it home with
ternational cooperation and cultural
Rabbi David Polish of Beth
exchanges with the Soviet Union.
Emet Synagogue, Evanston, said,
"We support the conference "The repression of Soviet Jewry
and we welcome the foreign visi- is part of the world wide conspir-
tors to our country," he stated. acy to undermine the Jewish
"We want the Soviet delegates people everywhere as well as in
State of Israel. American
to see how a free society oper- the
Jews have no alternative but to
ates. We invite them to meet recognize that an attack on Soviet
with us and especially to see our Jewry is also an attack on us."
religious and educational insti-
tutions. But we do want the
delegates to know that we are
deeply concerned about the fate
of 3,000,000 Jews in the USSR."
The theme of the Pugwash con-
ference is "Peace and Interna-
tional Cooperation: a Program
for the Seventies."
The council has named its con-
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Moscow Chief Rabbi Levin
at Celebration in Yugoslavia
BELGRADE (JTA)— Moscow's
chief rabbi, - Yehuda L. Levin,
made one of his rare trips outside
of the Soviet Union as head of a
seven-member delegation of Rus-
sian Jewish religious and lay lead-
ers who attended the 60th birth-
day celebration here Sept. 2 of Dr.
Lavoslav Kadelburg, president of
the Federation of Jewish Com-
munities of Yugoslavia.
The delegation was welcomed
by Milo Jovitshevitsch, president
of the federation's religious af-
fairs commission. Also attending
the banquet was Chief Rabbi
Moses Rosen of Romania and rep-
resentatives from Hungary, West-
ern Europe and Israel.
The only American at the event
was Rabbi Arthur Schneier of
New York's Park East Synagogue,
who is president of the Appeal of
Conscience Foundation, an inter-
Rabbi Schneier came to Bel-
grade from Romania which he
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