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Soviet Embassy Forwards American Rabbinical Request for Visas

The Soviet Embassy in Washington today announced that the request made by the Rabbinical Council of America for permission to send a delegation of rabbis to visit Jews in Russia was forwarded to Moscow yesterday for consideration.

A spokesman for the Soviet Embassy acknowledged that the formal application reached the Washington Embassy Monday. But no further comments were made on the possible response of the Soviet Government.

Rabbi David B. Hollander, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, visited the Soviet Embassy here last Thursday and made known that the Orthodox leaders, in seeking a visit to Russia, wish only to re-establish religious ties with the Russian Jews. It is understood the Council hopes to send a delegation of three to five rabbis.