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Political Parties Urged to Protest Against Soviet Anti-semitism

The Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an interfaith organization devoted to alerting world opinion to the plight of Soviet Jewry, today called on the major political parties of New York State to join the world-wide protest against anti-Jewish discrimination in the Soviet Union. In letters to platform committee chairmen of the Democratic, Liberal and Republican parties, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, of Congregation Zichron Ephraim, head of the foundation, asked that these parties “join the international and interdenominational resolution to ameliorate religious and cultural restrictions against Jews in Russia.”

The situation of Russian Jewry will also be brought to the attention of American Jews during the High Holy Day season by means of a “Declaration of Rights for Soviet Jewry, ” which will be posted in synagogues and Jewish community centers during the week between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The declaration is being sponsored by the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry, an association of 25 national Jewish organizations.