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  • Five Jewish Schools Open in Soviet Union and Hungary

    Five new Jewish schools opened in Eastern Europe this week, three of them in the Soviet Union and two in Hungary. The Soviet Union’s new schools opened in Leningrad; Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania; and Tallinn, Estonia. The Jewish Agency has provided curricula and teachers for the schools, including programs for Hebrew, Zionist studies, Jewish history and… More ▸

  • Gulf Crisis to Dominate Summit, but Soviet Jewry Won’t Be Ignored

    While the Persian Gulf crisis will likely dominate discussions Sunday between President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the issue of Soviet Jewry will not be forgotten during the one-day summit meeting in Helsinki, Finland. “We expect our concerns to be raised at some point during their talks,” said Mark Levin, associate executive director of… More ▸

  • Shamir to Study Soviet Plan for International Conference

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said Tuesday that Israel would study a Soviet proposal to convene an international conference on the Middle East, when it received details of the plan. Shamir, speaking during a visit to a school in Jerusalem, was reacting to reports that Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze had broached the idea of such… More ▸

  • With over 17,000 from Soviet Union, August Aliyah is Highest in 39 Years

    A total of 17,484 Soviet Jews immigrated to Israel in August, and another 1,300 immigrants arrived from other countries, in what is believed to be the largest monthly immigration to Israel in 39 years. Information on the number of Soviet Jews who arrived in the United States last month is not yet available, but is… More ▸

  • 800 Soviet Jews Now in East Germany, Thousands More Applying in Moscow

    Some 800 Soviet Jews have arrived in East Germany since the beginning of the year and want to stay there permanently, according to Klaus Pritzkuleit, an official of the East German government office that deals with newcomers. Pritzkuleit said most Soviet Jews who have decided to settle in Germany prefer East Germany, because they find… More ▸

  • Progress Reported in Cases of Longtime Soviet Refuseniks

    Longtime refuseniks whose names have graced the pages of Jewish newspapers and been the subject of State Department talks with Soviet officials are seeing major changes in their lives as glasnost and perestroika continue to alter the face of Soviet Jewry. Irina Voronkevich, a 78-year-old retired biologist refused permission to emigrate since March 1981 because… More ▸

  • Private Groups Accused of Trying to Indoctrinate Soviet Immigrants

    A former refusenik who immigrated to Israel in 1987 after serving three years in a Siberian labor camp has complained that ideological and political groups are trying to indoctrinate the Soviet olim who have arrived in recent months. Yuli Edelshtein, an English teacher who manages a camp for Soviet Jewish youth, charged Tuesday that religious… More ▸

  • Old Soviet Map Leads to Confusion

    A recently arrived family of immigrants from the Soviet Union refused to accept an apartment in Acre, a city on Haifa Bay, because they were convinced it was outside Israel’s borders, Ma’ariv reported. The family, from Donetsk, in the Ukraine, got their information from a 1947 atlas published by the Soviet government survey department. The… More ▸

  • Soviet Editor Says He Supports Those Opposing Palestinian State

    A visiting Soviet editor who supports the policies of President Mikhail Gorbachev says he fully accepts Israel’s position opposing a Palestinian state. Anatoly Golovkov, associate editor of the influential Soviet weekly Ogonyok, emerged from a 90-minute meeting with Ariel Sharon, Likud minister of housing, convinced that a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza… More ▸

  • Leading Israeli Rabbis Worried over Non-jewish Soviet Olim

    Two of Israel’s leading Orthodox rabbis have spoken out against dangers which they see inherent in the large number of non-Jews intermingled with the Soviet immigrants. Rabbi Eliezer Schach, head of the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak and spiritual head of Degel Hatorah, told an audience of thousands Sunday night that some 20 percent of… More ▸