Soviet Government Allows First Conference of Jewish Religious Communities

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The holding of the first conference of Jewish religious representatives in the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics was permitted by the Soviet government and will take place in Leningrad on October 21.

Permission was granted by the government following a memorandum submitted to the authorities by the Kehillah of Leningrad which has taken the initiative in convoking the conference of all Jewish religious communities in the Union.

One hundred and seventy-nine delegates representing 110 Kehillahs will participate. The agenda of the conference includes questions pertaining to the establishment of Mikvehs, ritual baths; the purchase and care of cemeteries, the founding of Yeshivahs and maintenance for rabbis and synagogue officials. The conference will also consider the question of the Chedarim, the Jewish religious schools; the printing of religious books and the problem of Sabbath observance. A point of particular interest is the plan to create a Union of Kehillahs in Soviet Russia.

In granting permission to hold the conference the government excluded representatives of charitable agencies.

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