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Jewish Leaders Call Dr. Lapidus

A group of executives from 40 small cities around the country, attending an institute sponsored by the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds and the National Jewish Welfare Board, placed a call to Dr. Victor Lapidus, a well-known Moscow activist. Robert E. Segal, community consultant for the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, and Charles Olshansky, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Newport News, Va., spoke to Dr. Lapidus. He and members of his family have been refused visas to emigrate to Israel on several occasions during the past year.

The group sent Dr. Lapidus regards from his brother, Valerie, currently on the faculty of Haifa-Technion in Israel, who recently visited a number of small cities in the U.S. as part of a speaking tour. Ways to aid Soviet Jewry were discussed by Segal and Mark Talisman, administrative assistant to Congressman Charles A. Vanik (D.Ohio) during a session on community relations earlier in the institute, in which Jerry Goodman, executive director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, also participated.

The West German Foreign Office gave a cautious reception to news from Baghdad that Iraq was ready in principle to resume diplomatic relations with Bonn. Relations were broken off in 1965 when Bonn and Israel established diplomatic ties.