The originators of the plan to establish in Soviet Russia a Red “Living Synagogue” declare their principles in the text of their application submitted to the central government. The document reads as follows:
“During the past revolutionary period, the Jewish proletariat have been deprived of the possibility of carrying on free political discussion in the prayer-houses. Every expression of free thought has met with strong opposition on the part of the religious minded fanatics.
“We find it our duty to call the attention of the Soviet Government to that condition in Jewish life in Soviet Russia. We beg, therefore, in the name of the Jewish proletariat, to be granted permission, as soon as possible, to open a Jewish Sovietist “Living Synagogue” for the purpose of giving the Jewish workers an opportunity to understand the idea of Communism.”
These religious ambitions of some pious Communists in Poltava are causing many comments in Jewish circles, and are beginning generally ridiculed.
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