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November 30, 1979 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-11-30

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`Why I Left My Country


(Editor's note: The
author is a recent immig-
rant to the United States
and her article, "Why I
Left My Country," was
first published in a news-
letter of the fourth level
class of English for the
foreign born at Oak Park
High School.)
Everyone who comes from
Russia remembers how we
tried to hide our national-
ashamed to be
. To speak Jewish, to
keep our customs and to
pronounce our names. The
best compliment was, "You
don't look like a Jew" (a
zochen way).
We never were at the
synagogue, because there's
just a few of them in Russia.
We couldn't see the cere-
monies. We just knew that
we are Jews because in our
passports it was written so,
and because the govern-
ment persecuted us.
That was the first reason

why we decided to leave
Russia. We wanted to be
free, to talk to each about
We wanted to have
freedom of religion and
freedom of speech. We
wanted to be sure that
our children will have a
great future, and we
would be able to help
I'm not afraid to say that
Russia is a country without
a future, regardless of free
education, free medical help
and the absence of inflation.
It was not easy to change
countries and to leave ev-
erything that we had. We
also had to change our lan-
guage. But we were not
alone. A Jewish private
organization, HIAS helped
us a great deal to come to
the U.S.A They supported
our families, helped us to
find jobs, sent children to
school. For all that we all
are very grateful and

Cambodians Get Israel Aid


World Zionist
Press Service

In a campaign, the extent
of which has never been
seen in Israel before, armies
of helpers have been
mobilized to raise money to
combat the deprivation that
now stalks Cambodia. This
time, the holocaustic prop-
ortions of the crisis seems to
have touched a sensitive
nerve among Israelis, in-
voking memories of prev-
ious decades. Thus, when
poet Abba Kovner, partisan
leader and Holocaust sur-
vivor, was asked what asso-
ciations he had when he saw
pictures of Cambodia, he at
once replied — Auschwitz.
At the time of this writ-
ing, more than $1 million
has been collected for Cam-
bodia. As each day passes,
more money pours into the
bank accounts that have
been especially opened for
the relief fund. This is a vast
sum for a country like Is-
rael, which is small and not
The money has come
through three sources.
There is the government

sponsored Israel Voluntary
Services, which is still
busily organizng a wide
range of activities. Then
there is Abie Nathan, the
maverick and popular
philanthropist and operator
of the 'pirate" radio station
The Voice of Peace."
Nathan has already flown
to the Cambodian border
and purchased medical
supplies with money he had
The bulk of the money
received, 75 percent, of it,
followed a TV charity
show in which Israel's
top artists performed one
after another into the
early hours of the morn-
ing, for free. The show
was introduced by
President Yitzhak Navon
and included Eurovision
song contest winners,
"Milk and Honey." View-
ers were given numbers
to phone in order to
pleges donations.
Bank Hapoalim donated
$25,000 and Bank Leumi
gave $35,000. (The latter
also gave $8,000 to the Is-
rael Voluntary Services.)

Now we are paying back
by sending money each
month to help the others. In
1978 in the.U.S.A. there
came 12,265 people sup-
ported by HIAS in 1977,
6,842. Twenty-four percent
of them are engineers, 24
percent teachers, doctors,
lawyers, 17 percent book-
There are a lot of
organizations in America
who help Russians to
come here. They expect
to help 50,000 immigrants
from the USSR this year.
We are glad that we came
to the U.S.A. because this
is a great land of
privileges and oppor-
tunities, where I'm free to
express my opinion
I still love Russia, but feel
sorry for the people who are
I'm very glad that my
husband and I can use our
education. We have degrees
in engineering and want to
help build a greater and
stronger America. That's
why we are going to school
to improve our English.
That means we'll be more
useful to our new country.

Friday, November 30, 1919 15


Missionaries Forced to End
Court Fight on Trademark

Christian missionary group
Bnai Yeshua, Inc., has
abandoned its two-year ef-
fort to gain exclusive use of
the word "Shekhina" (Di-
vine Light) by registering it
as a trademark for some of
its missionary programs.
The trademark applica-
tion by the missionary
group first came to the at-
tention of Julius Berman,
president of the Orthodox
Union, and one of his law
partners, David Goldberg,
who eventually filed the
legal opposition to the ap-
The challenge was
based on several legal
principles governing
trademarks, including
the concept that "im-
moral, deceptive, or
scandalous matter" can-
not be trademarked; nor
pan a trademark make a
false connection with an
institution or a belief.
The opposition, which
was filed on behalf of the
Synagogue Council of
America did not attack the
missionary group's con-
stitutional right to use the

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word "Shekhi-na" for its own
purposes. It did, however,
challenge the attempt by
Bnai Yeshua to gain exclu-
sive rights to the word
under the trademark law.


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Keren Hayesod Kicks Off
Its 60th Anniversary

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Dr. Avraham Avi-Hai, left, world chairman of the
United Israel Appeal — Keren Hayesod, presents a
symbolic key to Israel President Yitzhak Navon inau-
gurating Keren Hayesod's 60th anniversary. Pictured
at right is Dr. Israel Goldstein, honorary chairman of
the world committee for the 60th anniversary of
Keren Hayesod.

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