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September 11, 1981 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-09-11

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26 friday, September 11, 1981

IJA Studies Anti-Semitism in Poland

LONDON — In the cur-
rent crisis in Poland, the of-
ficial media and uncensored
oublications have displayed
'a remarkable preoccupa-
tion with the Jewish issue."
Why this is so, given the size
of Poland's tiny Jewish
community and The gravity
of the country's problems, is
explained in a study by Dr.
Lukasz Hirszowicz, senior
research officer at the Insti-




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The study says that the
"issues involved were
brought to a head by the
thirteenth anniversary of
the student unrest of March
1968." Repressive policies
used at that time followed
"a barrage of anti-Semitic
propaganda on the part of
the Communist media."
The Jewish theme today
is used almost exclusively
in the internal Polish politi-
cal struggle and reflects the
political divisions in the
Sections of the Com-
munist establishment use
anti-Semitic devices to
discredit the indepen-
dent forces in Polish
society, and attitudes
within the establishment
to the anti-Semitic prop-
aganda reflect the power
struggle between the
moderate and hard-line
elements of the Com-
munist leadership.
Dr. Hirszowicz wrote:
"Anti-Semitism is part of a
political package endorsed
. by conservative forces in
the Communist establish-


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ment" and these same forces
are explicitly or implicitly
praised in the Soviet media.
Both opposition and es-
tablishment groups have
strong links with the 1968
events. The former con-
demn the authorities' use of
anti-Semitism in 1968; the
latter "blame its misfor-
tunes on alien elements, in-
cluding the Zionists."
The WA study examines
the anti-Semitic forces, of
which the Grunwald Patrio-
tic Union is the most widely
known, and also pinpoints
the widespread negative
public reaction to the anti-
Semitic campaign. This
reaction, which did not
occur'in 1968, is "in large
measure due to the fact that
(anti-Semitism) is part of
the hard-liners' package."
Dr. Hirszowicz concludes
that "many of the issues dis-
cussed go beyond the
present-day political strug-
gle and may shape the fu-
ture ideological make-up of
that party, and the mood
prevalent in the country, in
a way that may affect
Polish-Jewish relations."

Volunteers Home

Two co-ed groups of teena-
gers have returned to New
.York City for a re-union be-
fore returning to their
homes, after working as
volunteers for seven weeks
for poor residents in two
rural communities — Eus-
tis, Fla. and Hinckley,
Under the direction of the
non-profit, non-sectarian
American Jewish Society
for Service (AJSS), 27 15 -
and - 16 - year - olds — 17
girls and 10 boys — plus
four college counselors,
spent their summer vaca-
tions building homes, clear-
ing lots and weatherizing
The volunteers paid $450
each to partiikate.

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For a year now, Jack Re-
snick and his roommate Bill
have shared a comfortable,
two-bedroom apartment
with balcony in Royal Oak.
The 37-year-old Resnick
cooks and cleans, pays bills
and looks for bargains when
he shops. During the sum-
mer, when he wasn't work-
ing at his upholstering job,
he liked to ride his bicycle to
the zoo or drive to downtown
Detroit for an ethnic festi-
val — the portrait of a self-
sufficient bachelor.
But Resnick's adult life
hasn't always been one of
independence. It is only
since becoming a partici-
pant in the Jewish Associa-
tion for Retarded Citizens'
(JARC) semi-independent
apartment program that he
is able to live a life with
minimal supervision.
Staffing for the innova-
tiv&program was made
possible for the past
three years by a grant
from the Jewish Com-
munity Foundation of the
United Jewish Charities,
predecessor and senior
agency of the Jewish
Welfare Federation. The
grant was made in coor-
dination with a Federa-
tion agency, Jewish Fam-
ily Service.
The foundation, chaired
by Stanley D. Winkelman,
awards short-term funding
for pilot projects deemed of
benefit to the Jewish com-
munity and which fall out-
side the regular programm-
ing offered by Federation's
affiliated agencies. From
time to time — as in this
instance — grants are
awarded to non-
Joyce Keller, executive
director of JARC, said the
organization is "actively
pursing alternative fund-
ing" for the semi-
independent apartment
program when the founda-
tion grant expires in June
Currently, there are 24
clients in the JARC semi-
independent apartment
program. Six who still live
with their parents are pre-
paring for placement.
Clients are bi-ought
into the program upon
their own or their par-
ents' request, or through
agency referrals. Occa-
sionally, an individual
moves into the apartment
program from one of the
four staff-run JARC
group homes.
Participants must have
sufficient financial re-
sources available to main-
tain an independent place-
ment (such as wages, family
assistance or government
funds). Families pay a fee
for the program and are ex-
pected to assist in the fur-
nishing and supplying of
the apartment.
Before they can get their
own apartments, placement
coordinator Robyn Coleman
visits her clients weekly to
develop their skills for daily

Sherri Alter, coordinator of the Jewish Associa-
tion for Retarded Citizens' (JARC) semi-independent
apartment program, observes as client Jack Resnick
records a check he's written to pay his telephone bill
in his check register.

gard to being newly inde-
living. Depending on the
pendent and leaving their
individuals' capabilities,
parents for the first time.
the preparation period
takes from two months to a
By the same token, she
year. Topics taken up are
said the parents and sibl-
basic hdmemaking, per-
ings of clients also may
sonal hygiene, money man-
experience anxiety about
agement and banking, use the retarded individual's
of transportation and lei-
move from home. A fam-
sure time.
ily support group now in
When clients are judged the planning stages will
ready for independent liv-
help client families work
ing, Ms. Coleman assists in through their feelings
locating an apartment and about the separation.
roommate, if desired. She
For information, contact
shows clients how to read
Ms. Alter or Ms. Coleman,
rental advertisements in
557-7650. they are seeking
the newspaper. Addi- volunteers interested in de-
tionally, Ms. Coleman helps veloping a 'one-to-one rela-
in securing furnishings and tionship with an apartment
appliances, and arranging program client. The Jewish
the actual move.
Association for Retarded
Sherri Alter, coor- Citizens, whose president is
dinator of the JARC
Norman Wachler, is located
semi - independent at 24525 Southfield Road,
apartment program, Suite 107, Southfield.
provides follow-up assis-
tance after the move.
Clients receive a re-
source handbook, which
includes information on
handling emergencies or
problems they might Government legal adviser
Yitzhak Zamir has
encounter. Ms. Alter vis-
threatened legal action
its clients to see how they
against Jewish Defense
are managing, usually on
League founder Rabbi Meir
a weekly or bi-weekly
Kahane. "If he continues to
In the case of Jack Re- publicize his opinions con-
cerning the Arabs.” In a re-
snick, who is regarded as
high-functioning, the visits cent letter, Zamir explained
that some advertisements
are three weeks apart, and
he is able to drive himself to published during Kahane's
unsuccessful election cam-
JARC workers maintain paign for the 10th Knesset
additional contact at the violated Israeli law.
The ads publicized
apartment program club
Kahane's intention to ex-
held every other Wednes-
pell Israeli Arabs "back to
day evening, assisting par-
ticipants in planning their their own countries" and
own social events and con- condemned mixed
tacting speakers to discuss between Jews and Arabs.
nutrition, dental hygiene
and other educational Europe Rabbis
topics. The meetings take
End Meetings
place at the Jewish Com-
munity Center's Jimmy
Prentis Morris Branch in The standing .committee of
Conference of European
Oak Park,
walking distance for the Rabbis has called for a revi-
Jewish education and
majority of the retarded
other Jewish religious ac-
Interested clients can join -tivities in the Soviet Union
a weekly therapy group at in the belief that "the mira-
the Morris Branch, con- cle that happened in
ducted by Ms. Alter and a Romania could happen
JFSptaff person provided by elsewhere in Eastern
Eleanor Keys, the JFS's Europe."
The committee, which
apartment program consul-
tant. Ms. Alter said the concluded its six-day meet-
therapy sessions give ing on Tuesday, paid tribute
clients a chance to talk to the intensity and depth of
life in Romania.
about their feelings„n re- Jewish

Kahane Faces
Possible Suit

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