British Jewry Discusses ‘further Action’ on Soviet Policy on Jews

Proposals for “further action” for the amelioration of the position of Soviet Jewry “in the light of present circumstances and of possible developments” were discussed here today at a meeting that included representatives of virtually every section of British Jewry.

The meeting was convened by Sol Teff, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who had invited the other organizations to consult with the Board’s foreign affairs committee “to consider further the position of Soviet Jewry. ” The meeting noted with concern “the denial to the Jewish community in the USSR of facilities accorded to other groups within the Soviet Union, and the plight of those Jews in the USSR who are not enabled to be reunited with their families in Israel or elsewhere.”

In addition to members of the Board’s foreign affairs committee, those attending the session included representatives of the Chief Rabbinate, the office of the Haham, Agudath Israel, the Anglo-Jewish Association, B’nai B’rith, the Jewish Youth Organizations’ secretaries committee, the World Sephardi Federation, the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the Zionist Federation of Great Britain.

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