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Soviet Relief Freighter is First to Dock in Israel in 21 Years

The first Soviet flagship to call at an Israeli port since 1967 is scheduled to sail from Ashdod Feb. 14, carrying relief supplies for Armenian earthquake victims.

The cargo will consist of some 1,550 cartons of food, clothing and medicine contributed by “The people of Israel to the people of Armenia.”

It will be landed at a Black Sea port for transshipment to the area devastated by an earthquake Dec. 7.

The relief effort was organized by Israeli peace advocate Abie Nathan, with financial assistance from the American Jewish World Service and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

According to Nathan, dozens of Israeli families contributed clothing, coffee, sugar, jam, soap, disinfectants and about 30 tons of flour.

Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, American Jewish World Services board member, served as liaison coordinator with Nathan, AJWS and JDC.

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