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Soviet Government Refuses to Allow Palestine Emigration Offices to Function in Russia

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The functioning of Palestine offices for the purpose of regulating the emigration of Jews from Soviet Russia to Palestine will not be permitted by the Soviet Government, the correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned here today from an authentic source.

The statute providing for the establishment of a society to regulate emigration from Russia to Palestine was not ratified. Although an official answer has not yet been received by the petitioners, the refusal is said to be definite. It was further learned that the petition for the establishment of a society for opening Hebrew schools and publishing Hebrew books and journals was similarly rejected.

The petitions to allow the establishment of a Palestine emigration society and for opening private Hebrew schools were submitted to the authorities by Professor David Schor, who is now in Palestine, and other Jewish leaders. When the petitions were submitted last year. facilities in these directions were promised. The proposed statutes passed several authorities without encountering any opposition and it was expected that they would be finally ratified by the Wzik, the Central Executive Committee of the government.

The conference of Kehillahs, which was scheduled to take place in Leningrad the middle of March, was also abandoned, because of unforeseen circumstances, it was learned here today.

Announcement was made in Rochester that close political friends are urging Representative Meyer Jacobstein to become a candidate for the Democratic Senatorial nomination next fall. and that Mr. Jacobstein is disposed to make the effort.

It was stated that Mr. Jacobstein has a good chance of being elected.

Maxwell Bodenheim, it was revealed. has been expelled from the Grub Street Club, a society of poets, because of a difference of opinion between him and members of the club.

Rabbi Stephen S. Wise’s daughter. Justine, is participating in the leadership of the millworkers strike in Passaic, N. J.

About a year ago Miss Wise who worked in the mills under an assumed name in order to conduct an investigation of the working conditions, charged that the operators manintained a blacklist of those to whom employment was to the employees in subjection.

Work on the new $150,000 snyagogue to replace the present Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Ala., has begun.

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