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U.S. Jews Ask Russia to Permit Jewish Emigration from Bessarabia

The National Council for Bessarabian Jews in America, holding its fifth national conference at the Hotel Woodstock here, heard a plea for the free emigration of Jews from Bessarabia to Israel. Speaking to 150 delegates at the conference, Leip Kuperstein, member of the Tel Aviv Labor Council, declared that the 30,000 former Bessarabian Jews now in Israel “were anxious about the fate of their kinsmen behind the Iron Curtain and would do all in their power to receive the 50,000 Jews yet in Bessarabia, to find new homes in Israel.” He emphasized that “many families have been split in two, and they must be reunited.”

Morris Liebman, president of the National Council, reported that his organization had contributed funds during the past ten years toward establishment of residential quarters for immigrants at Holon, a suburb of Tel Aviv. During 1958, he announced, the 25 chapters of the National Council will raise $100,000 for a new housing project and a synagogue at Holon, to be built in cooperation with Histadrut, the Israel labor federation.

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