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October 30, 1970 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-10-30

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Mari, Odic 36, 11174-43

Over 3,000 Jews Lose Jobs After Applying T"E'"'oR "WI linn
for Exit, Rabbi Says; 2 Young People Arrested

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (JTA)— her the right to hold the ceremony Soria Union Ignored Stern because
A New York rabbi who recently in prison.
it was an official mouthpiece.
returned from a visit to Russia
Rabbi Schacter said: "Ruth is
In New York, Mischa Benya, a
said here that the refusal of Soviet the 34th Jew to be arrested in re- Lithuanian-born former singer of
authorities to permit Jews to leave cent months, and we are very con- Hebrew and Yiddish songs, told
has no parallel in history since cerned about these developments. the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
the pharaohs of Egypt.
We are very saddened by Ruth's that Lithuanian Jews are "very
According to Rabbi Steven Ris- arrest, but we also have attained anxious to live in Israel," but have
kin, of the Lincoln Square Syna- renewed strength to continue the "no hope whatsoever to get out"
Back from a visit to Vilna,
gogue, "Over 3,000 Jews have re- fight for which she had unjustly
cently applied for exit visas and and Immorally been Imprisoned." she said the Jews of her native
In another development, Soviet country "are so anxious to hear
have suffered the consequences of
this move—they have lost their authorities have for the first time what is going on outside the Iron
jobs, they have lost their homes, arrested persons for distributing Curtain in Jewish circles," and
and have been deprived of any leaflets demanding Jewish emigra- in fact are "interested - in every-
tion rights, according to the Stu- thing" pertaining to IsraeL "They
source of income."
are very proud to be Jews," she
Rabbi Riskin made his remarks dent
Based on information received
at a communitywide Simhat Torah from SMOG, the Sweden-based or- said, "even proud of the (Jewish)
rally on behalf of Soviet Jewry ganization concerned with Soviet Defense League.
"Lithuanian Jews were always
held at Seton Hall University, a Jewry, a Swedish woman and two
Jewish-minded, especially Zionist-
Roman-Catholic institution.
male French students were arrest- minded. But they feel so trapped
Sen. Harrison A. Williams of ed Oct. 14 for handing out some there- If they do apply (for emi-
New Jersey, told the gathering that 50 leaflets in the large GUM de-
gration permission) there's the
rallies on behalf of Soviet Jewry partment store. The leaflets con- danger, of losing their jobs."
had an impact on Soviet authori- demned Soviet "persecution" and
Miss Beaya, who visited her
ties. He recalled that several years "forcible detention" of Jews, and
"very few thin relatives I.
ago they finally gave in to pres- called the denial of emigration per-
sure of public opinion abroad and mission a "violation of the Declara- Vilna," said that residents el
permitted Russian Jews to bake tion of Human Rights of the Diane, the site of a Soviet
atomic reactor, "are not permit-
matzot for Passover.
ted to get any mail from
The New Jersey Democrat said
la London, a recent Jewish
he was told by a former Russian visitor in the Soviet Umbra has
A cousin of Miss Benya's in
Jew now living in Israel that "the branded as a 'propaganda ex-
was deported to Siberia at
most important thing that has hap- ercise" an announcement by
age of 11, along with her
pened to Russian Jews in the past Russian authorities that the Yid-
75 years is learning that both Jews dish weekly, Stern, published in father, who died there of starva-
and non-Jews in the United States Bfrobidjan, was being cbanged tion, and her mother. The cousin
is now married to a Russian non-
and in other free world countries
to a daily.
have awakened to their plight."
He said the intent was to show
Miss Benya said that Lithuanian
Rabbi Zev Segal, conference that contrary to Jewish claims, Jews have been the chief victims
chairman, called on American Jews Yiddish language organs were not of Soviet persecution, with more
to "speak out, again and again, forbidden but actually encouraged than 90 per cent of them "killed
until our voices are heard. Until in the USSR.
off." Most of the survivors live in
the last of our Russian brethren
The observer said there were Vilna, she said.
is free of persecution, until those actually a few Yiddish readers left Sbnhat Torah Marked in Moscow;
who wish to leave the country are in Birobidjan, which , was ,estab- Largest Number in Recent Years
permitted to do so, until complete lished as an autonomous Jewish
LONDON (JTA) — About 15,000
religious freedom is restored, we republic in Soviet Asia during the
Jews gathered in front of Moscow's
cannot say we have done enough," 1920s.
Synagogue Oct. 22 in cele-
he said.
He said Jews elsewhere in the bration of Simhat Torah — the
Te arrest of two Soviet Jews
largest number of celebrants to
for distrib.tins "Maoist" ma-
do so in recent years.
terial was reported is the Jewish Israel Numbers Eleventh
According to eye-witness reports,
Telegraphic Agency and was con- Among World Scientists
Soviet police did not interfere as
TEL AVIV (ZINS) — Israel oc-
firmed to the JTA by authori-
thousands of young people sang
tative foreign sources.
and danced in the streets, watched
According to Rabbi Herschel ternational community of pure by thousands more elderly persons.
Schacter, chairman of the Ameri- scientists. But Professor Yuval But according to one source, the
can Jewish Conference on Soviet Neeman believes that the com- neighborhood was "dotted with
Jewry, the victims are Michael ing decade Israel will be the secret agents."
Shepshelovich and Ruth Alexand- seventh-ranking nation in numbers
An estimated 1,500 young British
rovitch, both 24, of Riga, Latvia. of pure scientists, according to a Jews attended services at Marble
They were among nine Jews ar- report that appeared in Israel's Arch. Synagogue in London to
rested in Riga since last June's Maariv.
demonstrate their solidarity with
Quoting outside sources, Prof. Soviet Jewry. They stood in silence
alleged attempt to hijack a Soviet
Neeman reported that there are as letters were read from Russian
airliner at Leningrad airport.
Rabbi Schacter said that all of some 126,000 pure scientists in the Jews protesting the refusal of
those arrested had requested per- whole world. More than 52,000 live Soviet authorities to let them emi-
misaion to emigrate to Israel and and work in the United States.
grate to IsraeL
Second place is held by Eng-
had signed petitions to that effect
Brooklyn Borough President Se-
He said that the latest arrests land, with 13,000 scientists. The bastian Leone ordered streets ad-
brought to 34 the number of Jewish
joining Orthodox synagogues closed
Germany fourth with 8,400.
political prisoners in the USSR.
to vehicular traffic to accommodate
Next in line are France, 6,990; Jews observing Simhat Torah and
A Hasidic rabbi in Brooklyn
claimed that Sen. Charles Goodell, Japan, 5,200; Canada, 4,000; In- proclaimed the day a "Day of
the Republican senatorial candidate dia, 2,900; Italy, 2,700; and Aus- Prayer and Meditation" by Brook-
In New York, was instrumental in tria, 2,000.
lyn Jews for the Jews of the Soviet
In the next group are several Union.
arranging the release from prison
and the emigration of more than countries with approximately
The proclamation designated Oct.
1,70e scientists each: Switzer- 22 "as a day on which Jews all
100 Jews from Iron Curtain coun-
land, Czechoslovakia and Swe- over the world together with all
free people symbolize and express
Rabbi Wieser Portugal, known
In the third category of nations their sympathy and solidarity with
to his Hasidic followers as the
more than 1,000 scientists Jews living in the Soviet Union."
&Lasser rabbi, said the senator
It said "we implore the Sovi et
had carried mat his efforts in each are: • Holland, 1,400; Poland,
secret to assure them success. 1,300; Israel, 1,100 and Hungary, government to permit these people
leave that country if that be
He said that details if the aera-
According to Prof. Neeman, Is- their desire or permit all th e
tion casuist be revealed because
people of the Soviet Union to prac -
negotiations with cerbda tartly
above many comparably small tice their religion as all free men
governments are aviumdss.
Miss Alexandrovitch forma 11 y but developed countries (such as do anywhere else in our world."
signed several petitions on behalf Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Ro-
Foreign Meister Andrei A. Gro-
of Soviet Jews seeking to leave for mania, Finland, South Africa and
myko got a cool reception from
Israel. Reports on her arrest were Spain), all of whom have larger
some 41 Jewish students protest-
received from the Student Struggle populations, but also provides it-
ing the treatment of Jews In
for Soviet Jewry here and from self on having more pure scien-
Russia when he arrived at the
Los Angeles-based California Stu-
White House last week for a
dents for Soviet Jews. She was de- the countries of Latin America put
meeting with President Nixon.
tained in July on her return from together.
As for Egypt, according to
The youthful protestors, repro
a vacation in Odessa, allegedly on
suspicion of carrying cholera Prof. Neeman, the proportion is senting the Washington Counci
Release of Captive Russian
germs, and was formally arrested
Oct. 7 on charges of anti-Soviet 1,000,000 of population, while Israel Jewry, the latest of many group s
—by contrast—has one scientist that have formed in recent months
activities and "slander."
to demand better treatment fo r
That is the same charge levied for every 500 cifi7ens.-
Soviet Jews, assembled in Lafay
against Boris Kochubiyevsky, the
Park facing the White Hous e
Kiev engineer sentenced last year
The wise physician, if he has to await Gromyko's arrival. The y
to three years at hard labor.
The Latvian KGB (secret police) failed to cure, looks out for some- raised their placards and the
denied Miss Alexandrovitch the one who, under the name of con- voices when his limousine show
right to proceed with her scheduled sultation, may help him carry up, but the demonstration was
Oct. 14 wedding and also denied out the corpse.--Baltasar Grecian. peaceful.




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