Report Jewish Chapter of Caje Has Not Been Formed in the USSR

Sheldon Benjamin, interim chairperson of the Coalition for Alternatives in Jewish Education (CAJE), said here that the report last month that 40 Jewish teachers in the Soviet Union had formed a CAJE chapter resulted from an impression that may have been erroneously conveyed at a session of the CAJE fourth annual conference at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Benjamin noted that what was discussed was not the formation of a chapter comprising 40 Jewish teachers but that 40 Jewish teachers were invited to become honorary members of CAJE and to attend the CAJE conference Aug. 23-28. The teachers, all refusniks, could not attend because they were not able to get permission from Soviet authorities.

Individual messages of greeting and support were sent to the conference from the principal of Moscow’s unofficial Jewish kindergarten and from Lev Ulanovsky, one of Moscow’s leading unofficial Jewish teachers. The original report appeared in the Daily News Bulletin Aug. 30.

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