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U.S. Jewish Groups Decide to Act Against Soviet Discrimination

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Leaders of national Jewish religious and community organizations have decided to set up an emergency ad hoc committee to deal with combatting discrimination against Jews in the Soviet Union. Announcement of the decision was made here today, following a closed-door meeting held yesterday at the headquarters of the Synagogue Council of America in New York.

Participating in the meeting were representatives of lay and rabbinical organizations from the Reform, Orthodox and Conservative movements affiliated with the Council, as well as representatives of the American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, Hillel Foundation, Jewish Labor Committee, National Community Relations Advisory Council, B’nai B’rith, National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish War Veterans of the United States and the National Council of Young Israel.

Rabbi Uri Miller, president of the Synagogue Council, told the meeting that the Council has “tried everything” in the last two years to counteract Soviet discrimination against the Jewish community in the USSR, but with no success.

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