Yeshiva Group Allowed to Leave Lithuania for U.S.
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Yeshiva Group Allowed to Leave Lithuania for U.S.

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The Soviet authorities have authorized transfer to the United States of the Slobodka yeshiva with its entire staff and student body and is permitting continuation of lectures pending arrangements for their departure. A general affidavit received for the yeshiva from New York is considered insufficient by the American authorities in Moscow, who demand individual affidavits.

When the planned transfer became known in Lithuania, many young Jews tried to join the yeshiva, but the Soviet authorities recognise as members of the yeshiva only those who were teachers or students when the country was incorporated in the Soviet Union. It is not known whether other Lithuanian yeshivas, such as the Telsi, Kelm, Keidani and Poanevea, will be allowed to continue their activities or emigrate.

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