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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-07-29

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6 Friday, July 29, 1977

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Agency Res ettling Soviet Jews Learns to Understand Them

By BEN GALLOB

(Copyright 1977, JTA, Inc.)

Staff members of a Jew-
ish family agency, making
their first efforts to resettle
Soviet Jewish
_ emigres, dis-

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covered that until they
learned to understand the
motivations, expectations
and lifestyle of the new-
corners, their settlement ef-
forts were largely in-
effective, according to a re-
port by an agency official.
Richard A. Dublin, dis-
trict administrator of the
Chicago Jewish Family and
Community Service, report-
ed that, initially, the staff
workers "faced an ava-
lanche of angry, frustrated
and dissatisfied clients"
and that "shouting matches
were interrupting the tran-
quility of our offices daily
and sometimes, it seemed,
almost hourly."
Dublin's report on the
problems and their solu-
tions appeared in the cur-
rent issue of the Journal of
Jewish Communal Service,
the quarterly publication of
the National Conference of
Jewish Communal Service,
the service group for Jew-
ish social work profes-
sionals. He presented it at
the annual meeting of the
Conference in June, 1976.

After an evaluation of the
staff's working philosophy
on resettlement and of the
competence of the staff pro-
fessionals in handling such
problems, Dublin declared
it became dear that "we
simply did not understand
the Russian immigrants."

Her declared that. one "sig-
nificant realization" , which
emerged from the staff
self-study of what went
wrong was that the neik-
_comers were really immi-
grants and not refugees. He
said the agency learned
that, despite "the real prob-
lems Of being Jewish" in
Russia, most of the new ar-
rivals were not targets for
persecution "prior to their
application for exit visas."
Recognition of the fact
that the staff was having
"major communication
problems" with the Russian
Jews and the effort to learn
the reasons, brought under-
standing that "few of us re-
alized the ramifications of .
dealing with people who
had developed and lived in

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an 'administered society,' i to accept from the flmily
in which the government agency.
seeks to regulate every de-
Therefore, he reported,
tail of the lives of its citi-. "we decided to pool our ef-
zens, a "society of unfree- forts with those of the
dom."
Rogers Park Jewish Corn-
"The most basic prob- munity Center to develop a
lem," he said, "is the ten- joint program" in which
dency of the Soviet emi- the family agency profes-
grants to view the family - sionals were not directly in-
agency as simply an exten- volved with the newcomers.
sion of the state." . He
Dublin declared that with
stressed that the new- this approach, it was pos-
corners "have no frame of sible "to mobilize and uti-
reference" with which to un- lize volunteers, to provide a
derstand the "voluntary sec- forum for the provision of
tor" of American society. vital information to the Rus-

Another "practical" - as- sian Jews," while avoiding
pect was that Russian immi- "contamination" 'of the vol-
grants are used to "debat- unteers by the "bureaucra-
ing or arguing" with Soviet cy" which the family
bureaucrats. Dublin said agency represented to the
that it took time, but eventu- Russian Jews.
ally "we learned that these
That program also made
Soviet immigrants Are not
-
simply angry and hostile in
their dealings with us but
rather they are opeiating
with learned patterns which
had served them in good

it possible for the ,agency to
use "for its positive
values" in resettlement of
the group the orientation
which is part of the life-
style acquired by the Soviet
immigrants as citizens of
the Soviet society.

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stead for many years" in
the Soviet system.
As the staff became
aware of this, the profes-
sionals "began to feel less
personally attacked, less de-
preciated and as a result
feeling less angry in re-
sponse," all of which made
them better able to deal
with the immigrants and
with their 'teed to nego-
tiate."
Similarly, the use of
offers from many members
of the Jewish community to
provide volunteer help to
the newcomers was not a
simple matter. Because of
the immigrant view of the
family agency as the "offi-
cial authority and bureauc-
racy," the decision was
made "not to contaminate
the volunteers by associ-
ation with us" in volunteer
work with the newcomers.
The key was the fact that
it was necessary to provide
the newcomers with an
"enormous amount of fac-
tual information necessary
for survival in this society"
which. the suspicious Rus-
'1 sian Jews found it difficult

Ancient Graffiti
Published in Book

JERUSALEM—"The In-
scriptions of Wadi Haggag,
Sinai" by Dr. Avraham Ne-
gev has just been 'published
as the sixth - monograph in
the "Qedem" series, put
out by the Hebrew Univer-
sity's Institute of Archae-
ology.
The monograph includes
over 200 photos of in-
scriptions and rock draw-
ings from Wadi Haggag, in
central north eastern Sinai,
and their decipherment and
anaylisis.
Pilgrims who left mes-
sages on the rocky canyon
walls through the ages did
not- - usually date them, but
archeologists have worked
out the Third and Fourth
centuries ; insepiptions in
Greek from the pre-Chris-
tian era; Greek inscriptions
from the Fourth Century;
and Greek-Christian in-
scriptions from the Fifth
Century and onward.
The last group includes in-
scriptions in
n Hebrew, Arme-
nian and Arabic, attributed
to pilgrims who camped in
Wadi Haggag and Ain Hude-
rah while enroute to Mount
Sinai and other holy places
in the Sinai desert.
The name "Wadi Hag-
gag" means "Ravine of the
Pilgrims" in Arabic.

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