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Soviet Action on Matzoth Assailed by American Jewish Groups

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The American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry charged here today that the Soviet Government’s continuing ban on the public baking and sale of matzoh would make it virtually impossible for Soviet Jews to observe Passover.

The Conference was created earlier this month by 24 major national Jewish organizations. It will meet at the Hotel Willard in Washington on April 5 and 6 to adopt a long-range program, of national and international scope, to deal with what American Jewish leaders have termed the “deteriorating status of Jews and Judaism in the USSR.” The two-day meeting in Washington will hear from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldber U. S. Senators Jacob K. Javits of New York and Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut, and other prominent figures.

Rabbi Solomon Sharfman, spokesman for the Conference and chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Synagogue Council of America, reported that the Synagogue Council alone has shipped 2,000 10-pound parcels to the leaders of the Jewish religious community of the Soviet Union.

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