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Delegation of Six American Orthodox Rabbis Permitted to Visit Russia

The Rabbinical Council of America, an organization of Orthodox rabbis, announced today that it has received word from the Soviet Embassy in Washington that it can send a delegation of six rabbis to visit the Soviet Union to study Jewish religious life there.

Applications for visas were made last July and the visit was first projected about a year and a half ago, Rabbi David Hollander, president of the Council, revealed. This is the first time in the history of the Soviet Union that permission has been granted for an official rabbinic delegation to visit the country.