Jeruslem Post reported
9 January 1991
“Spiritual attaches? mooted for Jews in Soviet Union
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira has appealed to Religious Affairs Minister Avner Shaki to send “rabbinical emissaries? to the Soviet Union to begin the process of “spiritual absorption” of prospective immigrants.
Shapira also asked that such emissaries be endowed with the diplomatic status of “rabbinical attaches.” They would seek to solve some of the more pressing halachic problems, such as proof of Judaism, marrive and divorce, before the immigrants actually arrive here, where solution of their personal halachic problems may become more complex due to the distance from their areas of origin.
The Jerusalem Post has also learned that Shaki is to demand that the aliya cabinet provide funding for the creation of “conversion classes? for the non-Jewish immigrants.