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British Jews Discuss Value of Sending Delegations to Soviet Union

June 19, 1956
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The value of Jewish organizations seeking permission to send delegations to Soviet Union to study Jewish life there was discussed here last night at a meeting of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Barnett Janner, president, spoke in favor of such action. However, Dr. Abraham Cohen, former president, advised caution. He said that to send a delegation to Russia without assurances on the part of the Soviet Government of absolutely free contact with Russian Jewry could do more harm than good.

Another member of the Board suggested that if a Board delegation emerged from the USSR with an unfavorable report, it might seriously threaten the position of any Soviet Jews with whom the delegation had conferred.

Meanwhile, the Board approved a resolution welcoming arrangements for the regular exchange of information and views on world Jewish problems between Jewish organizations. At the same time, the Board refused to accept proposals for the Board’s entry into an international Jewish body which would affect the independence of the Board.

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