NEWARK (Feb. 3)
A project to have every one of New Jersey’s 400,000 Jews and their non-Jewish friends each mail on March 17 a one-pound box of matzoh to Soviet Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynin in Washington for distribution to Soviet Jews has been announced by the New Jersey Regional Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.
Regional Director Robert C. Kohler told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “We’ve accepted this Jewish symbol of freedom to give an indication of our solidarity with the plight of Soviet Jews–the ones that are in jail as well as those who are prisoners and captives in that they are not permitted to emigrate to Israel.”
Kohler said that if Dobrynin refused to accept the matzot, in order not to waste food, “we’ve arranged for New Jersey truckers to deliver the matzot to orphanages, old age homes and hospitals in the Washington-Baltimore area.” He added that if the Soviet Union is willing to accept the matzot but does not have the means to deliver it to Soviet Jews before the seders, “I am sure we can arrange for distribution by jet aircraft marked ‘Free the prisoners–Let my people go.'”