NEW YORK (Feb. 8)
An update by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry now puts the total number of Jews leaving the Soviet Union on Israeli visas in January at 2,796.
Of those emigrants, 205, or 7.3 percent, went to Israel.
The January figure is 24 percent less than December’s total of 3,652. However, if the January rate is maintained or increased for the rest of the year, more than 33,000 Jews will leave the Soviet Union in 1989. Nearly 19,000 Jews left the Soviet Union last year.
Last week, the National Conference reported that 2,725 had left the Soviet Union in January.