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Orthodox Rabbis Support Soviet Jewish Emigration to the U.S.

The Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada demanded today that the “Israel government not interfere in America’s financial support for Russian Jews who emigrate to America” after leaving the Soviet Union. A resolution adopted at the closing session of the organization’s annual convention here insisted on the right of Soviet Jews to assistance wherever they choose to immigrate.

Other resolutions adopted by the 200 delegates included demands that Israel be governed by Torah law which will promote aliya among religious Jews” and that Premier Menachem Begin keep his promise to amend the Law of Return immediately so that only conversions according to halacha (religious law) are valid in Israel. Rabbi Simcha Elbert was unanimously elected chairman of the organization’s administrative committee.