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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-06-03

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22 Friday, June 3, 1977

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

West Coast Office Opened
to Assist Jews of Ethiopia

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"The American Jewish com-
munity is becoming increas,
ingly interested in the Eth-
opian Jews," noted Dr.
Graenum Berger, president
of the Association for Eth-
opian Jews. "The reaction
to requests for helping
them is overwhelmingly fa-
vorable," he declared.
Speaking' at the opening
of the LoS Angeles office of
the Association, Berger in-
dicated that the branch,
planned in cooperation with
the Community Relations
Committee of the Jewish
Federation-Council (CRC-
JFC) was the first to be es-
tablished under the aegis of
a Federkion.
"The JFC is to be com-
mended for its forward-
looking action in sponsoring
this office. It will do Much
to educate a wide segment
of the Jewish community to
the plight of this distinctive
but diminishing segment of
world Jewry and to initiate
actions to help them," he
told the large group of inter-
ested individuals who at-
tended the opening.
Describing the life of the

Ethiopian Jews, often re-
ferred to as Falashas, Ber-
ger indicated that 28,000
scattered in 490 villages,
were sorely in need of aid.
"Alihough there is no offi-
cial abuse of this group, no
Ethiopian Jew can get a
secondary education," he
said. "Most are tenant
farmers. Many are also
craftsmen working with
iron, ceramics, and weav-
ing."

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Continuing, Berger as-
serted: "We must recon-
struct their lives medically,
educationally, and occu-
pationally in their own
habitat." Such efforts have
been taking place since the
60's, he pointed out.
For some years, help has
been channeled to Ethio-
pian Jews through the Joint

Sharansky FacesDeath Penalty
Over USSR Treason Charges

NEW YORK (JTA)—Aha- .puter training was of a se-
Distribution Committee, he toly Sharansky, a leading cret nature. His wife, Na-
noted. In 1976, JDC allo- Moscow Jewish activist talya, was allowed to leave
cated $100,000 to the Fa-
for Israel the day after the
lashas, mainly for educa- who 'has been held by So- couple were married. She
viet
police
since
March
15,
tional purposes.
was in the United States
In his address, Berger has been officially charged earlier this year to cam-
with
treason,
an
offense
also noted that immigration
paign for her husband's re-
to Israel was of prime im- that carries the death penal- lease.
ty,
the
National
Conference
portance. "Since the advent
NCSJ Chairman Eugene
of Israel, they (the Fa- on Soviet Jewry ' said in Gold called the charge "ab-
New
York.
lashas) have clamored to
According to reports from surd and abhorrent" and "a
emigrate. They believe that
only in Israel do they have Moscow, Sha.ransky's challenge to President Car-
the possibility of surviving mother was notified of the ter's - resolve on human
as a distinct group. There charge in a letter from the rights." He said it "must
have been no legal barriers Soviet prosecutor's office. be met with the strongest
to their . leaving but they Mrs. Yelena Bonner, wife reaction from the -adminis-
of Soviet dissident Andrei trations and the American
are very impoverished."
Some 400 had already emi- Sakharov, told Western re- people."
Sharansky was seized
grated to Israel, he told the porters of the charge. _
Sharansky was refused an March 15 by eight secret po-
group, and their integration
had been both swift and suc- , emigration visa in 1973 on licemen as he was accom-
the grounds that his corn- panying two American
cessful.
newsmen, while ironically,
discussing the surprise re-
lease a day earlier of Dr.
Mikhail Stern from a labor
camp. Just prior to that
Teachers,
and
was
aimed
MONTREAL (JTA)—A
and fellow activ-
Quebec teacher's union offi- at Bernard FineStone and Sharansky
cial who strongly supports Sam Steinberg, who took ist Vladimir Slepak had
an independent Quebec part in the conference as been accused in an Izvestia
called two Montreal Jewish business spokesmen. Finest- article of working for the
business leaders "economic one is president of the MOn- U.S. Central Intelligence
terrorists" at an economic treat Board of Trade and Agency.
Sharansky, a 29-year-old
summit meeting convened Steinberg is board chair-
computer
specialist, is a
man
of
Steinberg,
Ltd.,
a
by the Quebec government.
member of a group mon-
'The statement was made major food chain.
-Charbonneau defined an itoring Soviet implementa-
by Yvon Charbonneau,
tion of the human rights sec-
chairman of the 70,000- "economic terrorist" as tions
the Helsinki Agree-
member Union of Quebec_ "anybody who has econom- ment. of Two
other members
ic power" in Quebec "but
Soviet Jews,Cite
of
the
group,
its chairman
refuses to make decisions
affecting the provincial Yury - Orlov and Alexander
Victims of Nazism
economy openly and demo- Ginsburg also are in prison
NEW YORK (JTA)—The. cratically." Brian Mul- on undisclosed charges. The
National Conference on So- roney, executive vice presi- . Soviet action is 'seen as
viet Jewry reported that dent of the Iron Ore Co. of aimed at crushing the Hel-
3,000 Jews from Minsk gath- Canada, also present for in- sinki monitoring group be-
ered at the beginning of 'dustry, called Char- fore the signators of the, Hel-
May at the only memorial bonneau's remarks "racist sinki Agreement meet to re-
in the USSR to com- and anti-Semitic."
view the treaty in Belgrade
memorate the Jewish vic-
Charbonneau reportedly June 15.
tims of Nazism.
regards Finestone and Stein-
The ,meeting was one of . berg as foes of a French
the largest in Minsk, de- Quebec sought by Premier
spite police harassment.
Levesque.
Finestone said at the
Sephardic Youth
meeting that he and Stein-
Found Movement berg had made it clear they
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LOS ANGELES (JTA)—A wanted to remain in Que-
Sephardic rabbi, addressing bec and cooperate in help-
the founding convention of ing to solve its economic
the American Sephardi problems. Steinberg said he
35 Yeart Experience
had no idea what sparked
Youth Movement, has ex
the
union
official's
attack.
Doctors Referrals
pressed his concern that
Sephardic rabbinic author- JTA Intern _ s Begin
ities are afraid to pro-
NEW YORK (JTA)—The
nounce their true Halachic
positions for fear that Ash- Jewish Telegraphic
1st EDITION
kenazi rabbis will label Agency's summer intern
program, which was in-
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Rabbi S. Robert Ichay of itiated several years ago,
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