15 Soviet Jews Arrive in Chicago

Fifteen Soviet Jews from Odessa arrived at O’Hare Field here yesterday to make their homes in Chicago under the aegis of agencies sponsored by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. Their arrival was made possible by the parole provisions of the U.S. Immigration Act.

The Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Chicago acted as guarantor and will provide initial housing and absorption for the new immigrants. The JFCS together with other Jewish Federation agencies will assist the immigrants in finding jobs, schools, medical attention and other needs. The 15 Soviet Jews were brought to Chicago by the United Hias Service.

At the welcoming ceremony, Robert. L. Adler, president of the Jewish United Fund, speaking for himself; Hamilton M. Loch Jr. chairman of the board of JUF; Alvin, V. Cohn. 1974 JUF general chairman, and Raymond Epstein, 1973 general chairman, said:

“What a wonderful way to begin the New Year. We hope our brethren from the Soviet Union will find new peace and meaning in our country and our community. Our joy at greeting the 15 new immigrants is tempered by the disheartening and almost incredulous news from Austria these past few days. Yesterday morning, the JUF’s public affairs committee through its chairman Maynard I. Wishner sent wires to Austrian officials which stated in part ‘in the name of 37 Jewish organizations in Metropolitan Chicago we urge you to reassert Austria’s commitment to human freedom.”

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