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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-09-10

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, September 10, 1976 15

Soviets Crack Down on Jewish Cultural Activities

LONDON (JTA) — New
Soviet legislation makes
Jewish religious and cul-
tural life in the Soviet
Union even harder than
before, according to a
study carried out by the
Institute of Jewish Af-
fairs.
Dr. S.J. Roth, the insti-
tute's director, drew this
conclusion from an
analysis of a revision of
the 1929 law on religious
associations, showing
that registration of re-
ligious societies has be-
come more difficult and
that their right of appeal
against appropriations of
houses of prayer has been
abolished.
Funds for the mainte-
nance of religious
societies, which could be
previously be solicited
anywhere, must now be
collected only on the pre-
mises of the house of
prayer.
Under the June 23,1976,
revision, advance special
permission is required
"for each individual occa-
sion - for the holding of re-
ligious services in private
homes. As there are fewer
than 70 synagogues in the
Soviet Union, Jews had re-
lied heavily on
"minyanim" in private
homes. The restriction
would apply even for
prayers in the house of a
mourner or for circumci-
sion ceremonies held at
home.
Similarly religious edu-
cation, formerly available
on authorized "courses,"
is now permitted only in
"ecclesiastical educa-
tional institutions."
These restrictions, the
study concludes, will
make difficult any at-
tempt "to direct the
newly awakened Jewish
consciousness towards
the synagogues or
Judaism at large."
In New York the Na-
tional Conference on
Soviet Jewry has learned

Dr. Yevgeny Reinberg, left, and his wife Sophia,
wonder with their son Yuri's fiancee, Olga, if they will
ever see him again. Yuri was forced to leave his family
behind in the USSR. He will become Israel's youngest
physician when he graduates medical school in Tel Aviv
next year. His father is a metallurgical researcher and
his mother is an economist.
that Emmanuil Neifakh, applied to emigrate in:
a long-term refusenik liv- July 1975. Shortly.
ing in Riga, has received thereafter he was re,
permission to emigrate to fused, having first been
demoted to supervisor of
Israel.
Neifakh, a surgeon, building repairs at the
first applied to emigrate Leningrad Shipbuilding
in 1969. One of his sons Institute where he
emigrated to' Israel last worked. He believes he is
year and the second is liv- being made an example to
the other scientists at the
ing in Leningrad.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old institute to discourage
Yuri Reinberg arrived in them from exit. Sophia,
New York, hoping that this an economist, has also
year will be the last time joined the ranks of the
he will have to spend the "refuseniks".
The younger Reinberg
High Holidays separated
from his parents, Dr. applied to leave in May
Yevgeny and Sophia Rein- 1975, received permission
and had to leave alone. He
berg.
His days have been is now entering his fifth
spent in endless rounds of year at the Tel Aviv Uni-
appointments with gov- versity Medical School.
ernment officials, elec- Upon graduation, he will
toral candidates, Soviet become Israel's youngest
Jewry groups, as well as doctor. A tragedy struck
speaking before any the Reinbergs a few years
Jewish group willIng to ago when Yuri's sister
listen — and hopefully died of Hodgkins Disease
help — his efforts to be at age 22.
Letters of support may
reunited with his parents
and fiancee Olga in Is- ■ 1111111111 ■ 111111/
rael.
Reinberg told the Stu-
dent Struggle for Soviet
Jewry that his father, a
metallurgical researcher,

be sent to tirasnaya Kon-
nitsa 3, apt. 5, Leningrad,
RSFSR, USSR. Copies of
correspondence may be
sent to Reinberg through
the SSSJ at 200 West 72nd
St., Suites 30-31, New
York, N.Y. 10023.
The SSSJ reported that
a "ShalomPak" of letters
in Russian and English
about Jewish holidays,
the Hebrew calendar,
prayer, Jewish ethics and
the Sabbath that can be
sent to the USSR is now
available.
In addition, "From Kol
Nidre to Simhat Torah,"
an explanation of the
High Holidays in Russian

translation, is available
to any group or individual
helping Russian Jewish
immigrants.
Both the ShalomPak
and "From Kol Nidre" are
available free from the
SSSJ at the aforemen-
tioned address.

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Amin Returns 'Borrowed' Jet

TEL AVIV— President
Idi Amin of Uganda has
returned his presidential
jet to its Israeli manufac-
turer. The move appeared
to be the first step toward
implementing his pledge
earlier this year to return
all the aircraft he had ob-
tained from Israel but not
paid for.
In a telephone inter-
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this airplane back to show
you that I believe in peace
and I want peace in the
Middle East. I am not a
thief and I am not a ter-
rorist."
The Uganda air force
still has an undisclosed
number of Fouga Magis-
ter jet trainers. An Air-
craft Industries source
declined to comment on
that debt.
The executive jet was re-
turned to Israel by two
American pilots, Peter
Demos and Carl Taylor,
employed by Swiss brok-
ers. An Aircraft. Industries
source said later that the
transfer had been ar-
ranged with President
Amin through a- third
party.

The source said the
executive jet had been
lent to President Amin in
1971 pending the comple-
tion of two newer model
planes he had ordered.
The new planes were
never delivered because
of the break in diplomatic
relations, and President
Amin kept the borrowed
plane.

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in Westchester

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.
(JTA)— The Westchester
Community College will
offer, this fall, a course . in
Jewish studies for the
first time in its history.
The course, "Modern
Jewish History," will
cover the period of the
expulsion of Jews from
Spain to the present and
include the emancipa-
tion, _ Hasidism, Mes-
sianism and Zionism.
The course will be
taught by Rabbi William
Berkowitz of Greystone
Jewish Center in Yonkers
and is open to all students
and adults in the general
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