Riga (Nov. 17)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
What might he considered the most surprising report coming out of Russia in recent years has been received here to the efiect that the Soviet Government has put forth the plan for the establishment in Charkoff Ukraine. of a large Yeshiva. school for the training of rabbis, to serve the needs of the Jewish communities in the Union of Socialist Sovict Republies.
The initiation taken by the Sovict authorities in this matter has created a great sensation. According to the report, the Soviet authorities have called together a number of Ukrainian rabbis and startled them by the declaration of the government’s inicntion. The rabbis at first hesitated to accept the proposal, fearing it to be a provocation on the part of the Jewish Section of the Communist Party, which is most vigorously persecuting all those rabbis and laymen who are in any way connected with the effort to further religious instruction and Talmudic training in the Soviet Union.
It was more surprising since the Sovict officials did not explain the reason for the sudden change, and for the initiative taken by the government. The rabbis, however, have agreed to cooperate in the plan.