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Soviet Officials, Jews at Moscow Party; Celebrations in Many Capitals

Soviet Government leaders, including a number of Ministers, as well as about 40 leaders of the Jewish communities in Moscow and Kiev, came last night to the Israel Embassy at Moscow to help celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, according to news reports received here today. Jewish Telegraphic Agency dispatches from virtually all other countries around the world reported broad participation in Israel Independence Day receptions held at Israel’s Embassies or conducted by Zionist and other Jewish organizations in virtually all capitals.

Among the dispatches were reports of attendance by high governmental officials and state and municipal leaders at Israel Embassy receptions at Helsinki, Brussels, Vienna, Lisbon, Sydney in Australia and Johannesburg in South Africa, Bombay in India and Montreal in Canada, Guatemala City, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.

Even West Berlin participated in the celebration. The Zionist Organization of the former capital held an Independence Day rally at the new Jewish Community Center there.