Britain and Commonwealth Chief Rabbi, Dr. Immanuel Jakobovits, left for Moscow on Monday ( 15?
Britain and Commonwealth Chief Rabbi, Dr. Immanuel Jakobovits, left for Moscow on Monday ( 15 December) for a nine-day visit which he hopes will achieve freer Communication between Soviet Jews and their counterparts in the West.
Dr. Jokobovits, making the highest-level contact between Soviet and British Jewish communities for more than half a century, will be the guest of Mr. Mikhail Tendeitnik, chairman of Moscow's Jewish community and officially recognised by Soviet authorities.
Bur Dr. Jakobovits, while stressing that his mission is not political, has said he hoped to hold discussions with prominent "Refuseniks" -- Jews who have been denied permission to emigrate from the Soviet Union to Israel.
In particular, he said he hoped to attend scientific seminars organised in Moscow by Two Jewish professors. These are designed for Jewish academics who have lost their jobs after applying to go to Israel and who want to keep up their specialised knowledge.
Mr. Tandeitnik has said that Dr. Jakobovits would be free to meet anyone he wants but added "If he meets the so-called Refuseniks, you will understand that it will have to be in his free time, since we do not maintain contact with them."
He said the Chief Rabbi would have a full official programme and said he hoped the visit would bring a formal exchange agreement, "since such peaceful communication is always of use.
On Sunday , the day before his departure, Dr. Jakobovits spoke to visnews reporter, Norman Lebrecht about the purpose of his visit ... and what he hoped it would achieve. Part of this interview appears on film a transcript follows below: SYNOPSIS: Britain's Chief Rabbi, doctor Immanuel Jakobovits left London on Monday for a nine-day visit to Moscow.
One of the reasons behind his trip is to establish freer contact between Soviet Jews and their counterparts in the Western world. Visnews reporter, Norman Lebrecht, talked to Doctor Jakobovits on Sunday.