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September 18, 1970 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-09-18

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Moscow Jews Appeal to Brothers
to Save Them; 2nd Note Goes to UN

ests of the Jewish ethnic minority.
We declare that forceful assimila-
tion is the same thing as geno-
cide."
In Cleveland, the Jewish Com-
munity Federation said Wednesday
that it was planning a "construc-
tive protest" against Soviet treat-
ment of Jews when the Moiseyev
Dance Company appears here this
weekend. Under guidance of the
federation's community relations
That letter, and another address- committee, some 100 protesters
ed to the delegates at the United will distribute pamphlets to pat-
Nations General Assembly, was rons. (A similar protest was to be
distributed to Western newsmen held in Detroit Thursday night,
Tuesday. Both letters complained with heavy participation by youth
of harassment and arrests of some groups.)
Sidney Zilber, CRC chairman,
Jews in other cities in recent
said the pamphlets will extend a
months and of house searches and
welcome to the Soviet ballet
confiscations of books of Jewish
members but will also note that
nature. They also complained that
what the audience will be shown
they were not permitted to live a
"is but one side of the Russian
full cultural and religious life in
Russia or to emigrate to their story. There is another side, a
side seldom seen, sordid, in-
"spiritual homeland, Israel."
humane and oppressive. The
The letter to the UN was signed
by 77 Jews, most of whom also story of oppression ef the Jewisb
minority."
signed the first letter.
The pamphlet charges that "To
The signatories channeled the
be
a Jew in the Soviet Union is to
letters through foreign newsmen
because, they. claimed; they had be subject to special repressive
treatment,"
and it cites prohibi-
no hope of delivery to the UN
thri•igh the mails. One letter tions on Jewish education, religious
reps-ted the arrest of 28 Jews observance and culture in the So
in connection with a reported viet Union. Zilber said the CRC
aircraft hijacking attempt at also will seek a meeting with
Leningrad last June 15. Soviet Moiseyev troupe leaders.
He said petitions would be cir-
authorities have confirmed the
culated at each of the three week
Incident but have said nothing
end
Moiseyev performances to be
sheet arrests ar searches.
sent to the Soviet ambassador in
According to reports from Mos- Washington "seeking release of
cow, the number of Jews allowed the 28 Jews who have been arrest-
to emigrate has declined in recent ed and permission for them to
months to a "handful."
leave so they can rejoin their
There' is no free emigration for families."
any SS-viet citizens, but applicants
In Fontana, Wis., the 120 dele-
are treated on an individual basis, gates to the international Pugwash

LONDON (JTA) — Soviet Jews
have complained openly that they
are the only ethnic group in the
USSR "who are ordered in plain
terms, to assimilate, to dissolve, to
disappear among other peoples."
The charge was contained in a
letter signed by 83 Moscow Jews
appealing to "brother Jews" to
unite "to save their brothers and
sisters from the destruction that
threatens them."

and some have been allowed to conference on "Peace and Inter
leave if their departure was not national Cooperation" were urged
considered contrary to Soviet inter- "to take into your own hands and
ests. Until recently, about 200 Jews hearts the oppression of the Soviet
a month were permitted to leave Jews."
The letter to "brother Jews"
The appeal was delivered by a

-

complained that "The Soviet Union
has long been without any kind of
public organizations that could in
some measure represent the inter-

delegation of Jewish community
leaders from Illinois and Wisconsin
as 1,000 persons demonstrated in a
downpour of rain outside the hotel

Zeitlin Heads Quarterly Editorial Body

PHIL.4DELPHIA=After serving their doctorates as graduates of
a seditor-in-chief of the Jewish Dropsie University.
The quarterly, which was the
Solomon Zeitlin will continue his first Jewish scholarly publication
association as chairman of the new in English, wa; originated in Eng-
editorial board. A publication of land in October, 1888, by I. Abra-
Dropsie University, the quarterly hams and G. G. Montefiore. After
is considered the outstanding schol- 20 years, its publication was termi-
arly magazine in the world pub- nated in July, 1908.,At that time,
lished in the English language. the board of governors at Dropsie
Dr. Zeitlin is Distinguished Pro- decided to take over the publica-
fessor of Post-Biblical Literature tion of the quarterly.
and Institutions at Dropsie Uni-
The first issue published in the
versity.
United States was July, 1910, and
Originally started in the late its first editors were the late Dr.
1880s in England, with a new Cyrus Adler, who was president of
series initiated in 1910 by Dropsie Dropsie, and Dr. Solomon Schech-

Quarterly Review for 30 years, Dr.

University, the Jewish Quarterly
Review is the only scholarly jour-
nal published in English that re-
flects the Judaica research proj-
ects undertaken by Jewish and
Christian students, professors and
scholars the world over.
The new editorial board under
Dr. Zeitlin's chairmanship in-
cludes: Dr. Irving A. Agus and
Dr. Sidney B. Hoenig, professors
of history at Yeshiva University;
Dr. Harry M. Orlinsky, professor
of Bible, and Dr. Ellis Rivkin,
professor of history at Hebrew
Union College; Dr. Robert Gordis,
professor of religion at Temple
University and at the Jewish Theo-
logical Seminary; Dr. Solomon
Grayzel, professor of history, Dr.
Leon Nemoy, scholar-in-residence;
and Dr. Abraham I. .Katsh, presi-
dent, all of Dropsie University;

and Dr. Esra Shereshevsky, chair-

man of the Hebrew Department at
Temple University and associate
professor of Hebrew languages and
literature at Dropsie, who will
serve as managing editor. Al]
members of the board received

ter, who was then president of the
Jewish Theological Seminary and
a member of the board of gover-
nors at Dropsie. Over the years
both Dr. Abraham A. Neuman,
president emeritus, and Dr. Katsh,
currently president, served as co-
editors.
"With the editorship in the hands
of spirited men deeply devoted to
scholarship," said Dr. Zeitlin, "I
am confident that they will con-
tinue the long tradition of the
Quarterly, its high standard in
scholarship and integrity. The
Quarterly has always been a cita-
del for true scholarship and it is
my hope it will continue to serve
as a beacon for enlightenment and
growth of genuine scholarship."
Dr. Zeitlin became the editor in
1940, and during his 30 years edi-
torship he has made the Jewish
Quarterly Review a vehicle for all
branches of Jewish learning. Under
his editorship, the quarterly is a
vehicle for the publication by Jew-
ish and Christian scholars in the
field of the Bible and the inter-
testamental periods.

where the Pugwash Conference is
being held.
The demonstration, dubbed
"Operation Exodus," was organ-
ized by the Chicago Community
Council of Jewish Organizations.
The appeal was intended especial-
ly for the notice of the 18 Soviet
delegates to Pugwash.
In Mexico City, 2,000 persons,
most of them young, attended a
public rally demanding permission
for Soviet'Jews to emigrate to Is-
rael. Resolutions to that effect
were addressed to the Soviet gos-
ernment.

Soviet Writer Ends
`Slander' Sentence

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

18—Friday, September 13, 1970

I claim not to have contzviled
MOSCOW — Yuli M. Daniel, ar-
rested and convicted for "slander- events, but confess plainly that
events
have controlled me.—Abra-
ing the Soviet state" with his short

stories published under the pseu-
donym, Nikolai Arzhak, was re-
leased after serving his five-year
prison term.
Little known before their arrests,
Daniel and fellow writer, Andrei
D. Sinyaysky, became symbols to
dissatisfied Soviet intellectuals for
their valiant defense of the slan-
der charge. Their trial in 1966
marked the beginning of Brezhnev-
Kosygin controls on dissident intel-
lectual activity.

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In Jerusalem, it was reported
that Soviet Premier Kosygin
apparently heeded Tina Brodet-
skaya's appeal for permission to
emigrate to Israel. The 36-year-
old school teacher from Moscow
arrived with her aged parents
and a 20-year-old sister. Miss

Brodetskaya addressed an open

letter to Premier Kosygin last

year which was published
abroad.)

A delegation representing the
leadership of Canadian Jewry
asked Premier Pierre Elliot Tru-
deau to intervene on behalf of the
rights of Soviet Jews when he vis-
its Moscow next month. '
The delegation visited Trudeau
and Foreign Minister Mitchell
Sharp for two hours to discuss So-
viet involvement in the Middle
East, aerial hijacking and the sta-
tus of Jews in the Soviet Union and

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