Report Soviet Government Making Flour Available for Passover Matzos

The chairman of Moscow’s religious Jewish community, Ephraim Kaplun, also the new chairman of the Moscow synagogue, reported that the Soviet government has made available to the Jewish community 200,000 pounds of flour for matzos, according to Rabbi Pinchas Teitz of Elizabeth, N.J, He said Kaplun told him in a telephone conversation that matzos are being baked on the synagogue premises and that they are working day and night shifts.

Rabbi Teitz also said that in another telephone conversation, Moshe Litunski, chairman of the Leningrad synagogue, told him that 100,000 pounds of flour was made available to the Leningrad Jewish community. The matzos, he said, were being baked in the synagogue. Litunski said he considered the gift of flour a “good gesture,” especially in view of the fact that Russia this year is suffering from a wheat shortage and was forced to purchase wheat from the United States and on the world market.

Kaplun also reported that a kosher butcher shop was opened in the yard of the Moscow synagogue and that kosher meat was made available for those who want it. Such facilities have not existed before, he reported.

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