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Dr. Goldmann Sees Moscow Re-appraising Its Policy on Soviet Jews

The World Jewish Congress here issued a statement today in the name of its president Dr. Nahum Goldmann, indicating satisfaction with the promises made by the Soviet authorities to Moscow’s Chief Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin to permit the printing of 10,000 Jewish prayer books and to facilitate the residence in Moscow of a number of young Jews who want to be trained for the rabbinate.

“The promises,” declared the WJC, “indicate that the Soviet authorities are becoming increasingly aware of the need to re-examine their policy in regard to the Jewish community in the Soviet Union. Dr. Goldmann hopes that this reconsideration will, in the near future, permit the Jewish community in the Soviet Union to enjoy the same rights and facilities which are granted to other national and religious groups in the USSR.”