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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-08-09

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Soviet Jewry Conference Seeks to Form New Coalition

Greater New York Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry will
seek to form a "new coali-
tion" of clergymen of all
faiths, labor and business
leaders and civic and frater-
nal organizations in its pro-
grams on behalf of Soviet
Jewry, Eugene Gold, the
new chairman of the confer-
ence announced.
Gold, Kings County (Brook-
lyn) district attorney, has
been elected to succeed Stan-


ley H. Lowell, who is now
chairman of the • National
Conference on Soviet Jewry.
In London, Valery and
Galina Pahov, the two Soviet
ballet dancers now residing
in Israel, - are with people
who were active in helping
them gain their release from
the Soviet Union.
"You have not only helped
us," Panov told them, "you
have given fresh hope to the
entire Russian intelligentsia,
as well as opening the way

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Boris Stholar's

'Between You
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Editor•in-Chief Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1974, JTA Inc.)

INSIDE UJA: An intense campaign for 1975 is now in
the making by the United Jewish Appeal. Vacations of
UJA executive staff members have been canceled and top
Israeli leaders—including Pinhas Sapir, the newly elected
chairman of the Jewish Agency—have arrived in this
country to give impetus to this campaign.
There will be no single slogan in the 1975 drive. No
single slogan can capsulize this campaign, since it will
not -be based on war, or Soviet Jewish immigration, or
human needs in Israel_ but will encompass all of these
issues and more. UJA leaders believe that despite the
presently complicated financial situation in the U.S., the
1975 drive has great possibilities. Indications to this effect
have already been given by more than 30 communities
throughout the country.
Actually the 1975 campaign was quietly started -weeks
ago. Top givers have already indicated their pledges for
A dramatic meeting of 40 major prospects and com-
munity tonesetters in the campaign will be held on Aug.
19 in Washington in the home of Israel Ambassador Sim-
cha Dinitz. Six days later the chairmen, presidents and
executive directors from communities raising $1,000,000
or over will leave for Israel—invited by Israel's prime,
minister — to discuss the needs there. The prevailing
opinion is that the 1975 drive is not just another cam-
paign, but one whose results must exceed even the cam-
paign levels of 1974, when the UJA raised $650,000,000,
with $333,000,000 million of that coming from 7,100 givers.
NEW FACTORS: The UJA leadership considers the
1975 campaign different from any other previous cam-
paign because of the following new factors which devel-
oped after the Yom Kippur War:
1. For the first time in Israel's 26-year history,
Israel did not win a war decisively. The Yom Kippur War
may have been won militarily but certainly not psychologi-
cally as far as the rest of the world is concerned.
2. For the first time in 26 years, there is not only
Arab unity, but there is an Arab economic and political
power that nexer existed before.
3. Israel has never been as isolated as it is at present
and there seems to be an insensitivity to Israel that was
not prevalent prior to the Yom Kippur War. This can be
seen from the way some liberal American newspapers
reported the Arab attack on Ma'alot as well as from the
release of Arab terrorists from Germany and Greece with-
out the world murmuring any protest.
This situation makes it clear that Israel must be
strengthened now in the period of disengagement no less
than she was in the war. This strength can come pri-
marily from American Jews through greater activity for
T T TA and increased contributions. Such is the approach
1 of the UJA leadership for its 1975. campaign.
is now to negotiate with friends and enemies, she
must be strong," UJA leaders say. They expect Amer-
ican Jewry to accept this approach.
CHALLENGE TO JEWS: On the whole, the 1975 UJA
drive will be a challenge to American Jewry. During the
campaign it will be made clear that the UJA does not
speak this time about the survival of Israel—the idea
being that Israel will survive no matter what. The UJA
this year will speak about the quality of Israel's survival,
the quality of life in Israel, and the quality of the Jewish
people and of Judaism_ around the world.
For the first time a $1,000,000 minimum meeting will
be arranged by the UJA in London. The gathering will be
held in October. In November, a $250,000 minimum meet-
ing is also scheduled in London. In addtion, 80 American
Jewish communities raising more than $1,000,000 each will
take leadership fund-raising missions to Israel in October
and November. For the first time also, there will be a
national "Big Gifts" meeting held on the eve of the open-
ing of the general assembly of the Council of Jewish
Federations and Welfare Funds. The CJFWF Assembly
will be held in Chicago in November.

for more of our people. The
least we can do in return is
try and give you the best,
the very best within the con-
fines of our art."

Yuli Tartakovsky in Danger
for Bolting Army Call-Up;
Mother Also Threatened
LONDON (JTA) — Jewish
sources in the Soviet Union
have reported that Yuli Tar-
takovsky, the prominent Kiev
activist who has gone into
hiding following the receipt
of yet another army call-up
order, has been warned by
KGB officials of the conse-
quences of his action to him-
self and his mother, Para
Tartakovsky, a heating engi-
He has been harassed over
a long period of time, since
the submission of his first
application for an exit visa,
which had been turned down.
By taking part in various
protest actions, he had re-
ceived army call-up papers.
But in reply to a 'letter he
sent to Soviet Defense Min-
ister, Marshal G-rechko, he
was informed by the army
authorities that the Red
Army considered him "un-
desirable" and he would
therefore not be drafted.
Recently, presumably at
the instigation of the KGB,
the army once again ordered
him to report for military
service. Unwilling to do so,

Tartakovsky has gone into
hiding. All attempts by the
KGB and the police to locate
him have remained unsuc-
Frustrated by their failure,
the KGB last week summon-
ed Tartakovsky's mother and
two other, Jewish activists
from Kiev, Kim Friedman
and Ilya Zlobinsky, to their
offices, Jewish sources re-
The three were told by the
Soviet secret police that un-
less Tartakovsky gives him-
self up within a short time,
both he and his mother would
be prosecuted on charges of
contact with foreign citi-
zens ("representatives of in-
ternational Zionism") and of
anti-Soviet activities. They
hinted the two might even be
charged with treason, which,
in the Soviet Union, carries
the death penalty.
Polsky Trial Due Thursday;
May Get 3-Year Sentence
for 'Misuse' of Automobile
cording to sources in Mos-
cow, confirmed by the Na-
tional Conference on Soviet
Jewry, the anticipated trial
of 44-year-old Viktor Polsky,
a Soviet Jewish activist, on
charges of "operating an
automobile in an unsafe man-
ner" is scheduled to begin
The defendant faces a
maximum three-year sen-

Williamsburg Hasidim Appeal
Against Redistricting Ruling

notice of appeal by the Uni-
ted Jewish Organizations of
Williamsburg was filed in
federal district court here
against a ruling upholding the
constitutionality of a recent
redistricting of State Assemb-
ly and Senate districts which
the UJO had complained dis-
criminated against the Brook-
lyn area's 45,000 hasidic
The U J 0, representing
more than 100 Williamsburg
Jewish organizations, most of
them hasidic, had charged
that the new districts, ap-
proved by the state legisla-
ture on May 29, discriminat-
ed against Jewish residents
in favor of Blacks and' Puer-
to Ricans.
UJO officials asserted that
the redistricting of the 57th
Assembly District would cut
the 45,000 Orthodox Jews in
that district into groups of
about 27,000 Jews in the new
57th district and 18,000 in the
new 56th district, with simi-
lar divisions, in the new 23rd
and 25th state senatorial diS-
They said that the redis-
tricting would affect the po-
litical strength of the Jewish
community which currently
voices "the needs and goals"
of the hasidic Jews.
Federal Court Judge Walt-
er Bruchausen ruled that the
redistricting did not disen-
franchise the Williamsburg
Jews nor take away their
voting rights.

York, the Legislature and
U.S. Attorney General Wil-
liam Saxbe.
Nathan Lewin of Washing-
ton, a vice president of the
National Jewish Commission
on Law and Public Affairs
(COLPA), is representing the
UJO both in the original suit
and in the appeal.
Although Lewin is not act-
ing in his capacity as a
COLPA official, COLPA is
assisting him in the case.
Dennis Rapps, COLPA exec-
utive director, filed the no-
tice of appeal and is due to
file in the Court of Appeals
here a motion for an early
hearing of the appeal.
Lewin said that the motion
to be filed will ask that ar-
guments be heard by the
appeals court during the week
of Aug. 12 because a primary
election in the state will be
held in September and the
hasidic voters of Williams-
burg will suffer "irreparable
harm" if the primary is held
within the framework of the
new districts.

Robert Moses' Life
Story in New Book

"The Power Broker—
Robert Moses and the Fall of
New York" by Robert A.
Caro will be published by
Knopf Sept. 16.
The 1296-page book con-
tains many revelations and
is filled with hitherto un-
known facts about the emi-
nent personality and New
York's exciting changes dur-
"It is further well settled ing Moses' 44 years of public
that there is no federal con- duties.
stitutional right either to con-
tinuity of compactness of
voting rights," Judge Bru-
Real progress in any nation
chausen held in dismissing depends less on getting
the UJO suit against Gov. ahead than extending a help-
Malcolm Wilson of New ing hand.

tence under Article 211 of the
Soviet Criminal Code.
Polsky was involved in an
auto accident last March in
which he allegedly knocked
down 19-year-old Tatyana
Zhukova. The young woman
immediately exonerated Pol-
sky of any wrongdoing by her
statement that she had de-
liberately thrown herself in
front of his car.
The ambulance driver and
the physicians who first ad-
mitted her to the hospital
corroborated her darting out
into the road after a quarrel
with her parents.
However, Miss Zhukova
and her parents, both Com-
munist Party members, sub-
sequently changed their testi-
mony, and hospital records
Attention by concerned in-
dividuals and groups in the
West succeeded in prolong-
ing the preliminary investi-
gation stage, which drew to
a close early this month.
Polsky, a physicist special-
izing in photoelectronics, and

has family applied to emi-
grate in February 1968. They
represent one of the "oldest"
cases to have met with re-
peated denials of emigration
In New York outraged by
the Soviet government's plan
to use a woman's suicide at-
tempt to "railroad" Dr.
Polsky, protestors planned a
mass demonstration to appeal
for justice for him and for
other Soviet Jews seeking to
emigrate from the USSR.
The demonstration, coordi-
nated by the Greater New
York Conference on Soviet
Jewry, was held in front of
the offices of Aeroflot, the
Soviet Airline.

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