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December 17, 1976 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-12-17

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Friday, December 17, 1976



Soviet Scholars to Hold Symposium Despite Harassment




869 West Long lake Road

Plans by a group of Soviet
Jewish scholars to hold a
symposium in Moscow
Tuesday on Jewish cul-
ture in the USSR are pro-
ceeding despite threats
and harassment by the
Soviet authorities.
The Soviet secret police
has confiscated all mate-
rials related to the event.


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The apartments of the
organizers have been
searched and dire warn-
ings have been sounded
by Soviet officials.
But the four organizers
are determined to go
ahead. A declaration to
that effect which de-
scribed the action of the
KGB, was sent to the
Committee of Concerned
Scientists here.
The organizers said
preparations for the sym-
posium were completely
open. But, according to the
National Conference on
Soviet Jewry, Deputy
Minister of Culture Vla-
dimir Popov warned that
the symposium is "in viola-
tion of Soviet law" and was
banned because "it would
express a narrow Zionistic
and nationalistic point of
view." The Soviet news
agency Tass accused the
organizers of "trying to
instigate hostility among
Soviet nationalities."
Meanwhile, the Grea-
ter New York Conference
on Soviet Jewry reported
that 20 participants in a
regularly held Jewish
cultural seminar in Vilna,
Soviet Lithuania, were
offered exit visas on con-
dition that they testify
that the seminar is an
anti-Soviet activity. The
participants flatly re-
It also reported that
Soviet police have de-
tained Ema Sotnikova, of
Leningrad, editor of
"Jews in the USSR;" the
only autonomous Jewish
magazine published in
the Soviet Union.
Details of the KGB in-
terrogation of Moscow
Jews who are organizing

In New York, the Na-
tional Conference on
Soviet Jewry has learned
that Tsilia Levinzon, wife
of Soviet Jewish POC Sen-
der Levinzon, has received
an exit permit to emigrate
to Israel and with the ap-
proval of her husband is
expected to leave the
USSR for Israel shortly.
In a related develop-
ment, a group of 70 Soviet
Jewish immigrants ar-
rived in Tel Aviv recently
from Vienna.
Meanwhile, Yuri
Vudka, of Raizan, near
Moscow, arrived in Israel
recently after spending
seven years in Soviet jails
and hard labor camps.
In the U.S., Dr. Joshua
Fishman, professor of
linguistics at Yeshiva
University, was refused a
visa request from the
'Soviet government just
prior for his departure to
the Soviet Union.
He was to join a group of
American scholars who
were to fly to Moscow last
weekend as part of a cul-
tural exchange program.
No reason was given for
the Russians' denial of the
visa. The other particip-
ants have canceled their
In Kansas City, when
Valentin Kamenev, the
press counselor for the
Soviet Embassy in
Washington, spoke on
U.S.-Soviet affairs and re-
lationships last week to a
Russian history class on
the University of
Missouri-Kansas City
campus, the UMKC
Jewish college students
staged a protest on behalf
of Soviet Jewry, it was re-
ported by Loring Leifer,
feature writer for the

a symposium on the state
of Jewish culture hi the
Soviet Union, were pub-
lished in Tel Aviv.
The newspaper Maariv
also published what it said
was the contents of crimi-
nal file No. 41035 opened
by the KGB against the
organizers who' are
charged with "spreading
material which slanders
the Soviet Union and
Soviet society."
The material covers the
questioning of the or-
ganizers. According to
Maariv it was smuggled
to Western sources by
Pavel Abramowitz, one of
the organizers of the
symposium scheduled to
be held Tuesday-
Sharfman, vice chairman
of the Detroit Committee
for Soviet Jewry, distri-
buted a letter to area
rabbis urging them to
read a statement by Ben-
jamin Fein, an organizer
of the symposium, to alert
their congregations on
the plight of the Soviet
Jewish scholars. She also
asked that night letters
be addressed to Soviet
Communist Party Secre-
tary Leonid Brezhnev
urging that the sym-
posium be allowed to take
Meanwhile, the Yom
Kippur War and absorp-
tion difficulties in Israel
were cited as major
reasons for the alarming
increase in the rate of
Soviet Jews who leave the
USSR with Israel visas
and, upon arriving at the
transit point in Vienna,
choose to settle in West-
ern countries rather than
in Israel.



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Kansas City Jewish
Todd Dollinger, a past
president of the UMKC
Jewish College Students,
presented him with a pet-
ition written by Rabbi
Mark Levin, assistant
rabbi of Temple Bnai
The petition requested
that Kamenev "use what-
ever influence he might
have to secure the rights of
personal freedom" for
Evgeny Yakir and his farn/
ily, Soviet refuseniks with
whom the social justice
committee at the temple
has been in communica-
According to Richard
Dubinsky, a member of
the Jewish College Stu-
dents, Kamenev evaded
the protesters' questions
and refused to accept Le-
vin's petition.


NEW YORK — Presi-
dent Ford has been asked
by 95 Soviet Jewish ac-
tivists to intercede with
Russian officials to stop
harassment by the KGB
and allow next week's
Jewish culture sym-
posium to proceed.
Your U.S. professors
who were denied visas to
attend the symposium
have been invited to ap-
pear before a U.S. Con-
gressional panel.

Seek Nominees
for Doctor's Award


Nominations are being
sought for the third Wis-
Award, to honor a Jewish
physician who has made
significant intellectual
contributions in other
fields, such as
humanities, philosophy
or religion.
The award is co-
sponsored by the .Mt.
Sinai Medical Center and
the Wisconsin Society for
Jewish Learning.
A committee comprised
of faculty members from
college departments of
Hebrew and Semitic
studies, physicians and
rabbis will select the reci-
pient. The award will be
presented at a program in
the spring of 1977.
Previous winners of the
Wisconsin Maimonides
Award were Abraham N.
Franzblau, MD, preceptor
in Psychiatry at Moun
Sinai Hospital in New
York City, and Victor
Goodhill, MD, otologist
and professor of surgery
at the University of
California School of Medi-
cine in Los Angeles.
The award also in-
cludes presentation of a
scholarship to a Wiscon-
sin Jewish student in
honor of the recipient.
Nomination forms can
be obtained by writing:
Medical Center Rela-
tions, Mount Sinai Medi-
cal Center, PO Box 342,
Milwaukee, Wis. 53201.
Nominations must be
received by Jan. 15.

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