Detroit Hosts 11 States This Weekend for the UJA
DR. IRVING COTLER
U.S. and Israel
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Four hundred delegates from 11 states will lay the groundwork for the
1984 United Jewish Appeal and local Allied Jewish Campaign this
weekend, as the UJA East Central-Midwest Regional Leadership Confer-
ence convenes today through Sunday at the Michigan Inn.
The conference, hosted by the Jewish Welfare Federation of Detroit,
will include workshops on challenges facing' American Jewry, Israel/
Diaspora relations and the plight of Jews in countries of distress. Special
sessions will be held throughout the weekend for graduate students and
Women's Division members.
Delegates from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Min-
nesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, western Pennsylvania, New York and Wis-
consin are in Detroit to participate in the meetings.
Carolyn Greenberg will host a regional Women's Division recep-
tion for contributors of $5,000 and over at her home today. Meeting
with the group will be Dr. Irwin Cotler of_,McGill University and
Women's Division scholar-in-residence Marjorie Scott.
Dr. Cotler will address this evening's Shabat dinner. Later, he will
meet with members of the UJA Young Leadership Cabinet and Federation
Young Adult Division for a private reception.
Saturday's agenda includes a host of workshops on Soviet Jewry, Cam-
paign planning, Arab influence on campus, creative programming for
Women's Division members and others.
The Saturday evening banquet will be highlighted by a Project Re-
newal multi-media presentation, and the keynote address by Sen. Lowell
Weicker (R-Conn.). Detroiters Lawrence Jackier and Joel Tauber are
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October 21, 1983
Harsh Sentence for Refusnik
Is Blasted by Reagan, Israel
jewish U.S. Marine
Is Killed in Lebanon
NEW YORK (JTA) — Marine Sgt. Allan Soifert, killed
last Friday by sniper fire as he drove his jeep through a
Shiite Moslem sector of south Beirut, was described as a
"very proud Jew."
"He didn't hide his Judaism and everyone knew he was
Jewish," said Soifert's stepfather, Chaim Romer, in a tele-
phone interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Romer said his stepson was an active member of the Jewish
community in his hometown of Nashau, N.Y., where
Soifert was buried Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Marine is believed to be the first
Jewish American soldier killed in Lebanon as part of the
U.S. contingent in the multinational force. Romer stressed
that Soifert viewed his participation in the MNF as a
purely military endeavor. Soifert served as a bomb disposal
The Reagan Administration charged that the U.S.
Marine contingent in Lebanon was being "targeted"
by groups seeking to undermine the national recon-
ciliation process in that country.
But State Department deputy spokesman Alan Rom-
berg refused to "speculate" on which group or countries
were responsible. Reports from Lebanon quoted Marine
officers as saying that Palestinian terrorists had fired on
the Marines. Wadi Hadad, Lebanese President Amin
Gemayel's national security adviser, after meeting with
President Reagan last Friday, indicated that Syria was
trying to undermine the reconciliation process.
The firing at the Marines, which killed Soifert last
Friday and another Marine Sunday night, reportedly came
from areas held by Shiite Moslems. But State Department
sources said that even if one pinpointed the area where the
"sniping" came from, it still did not mean that group in
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WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Reagan on Tuesday strongly con-
demned the Soviet Union for the 12-year sentence against Jewish activist Iosif
Begun, calling it an "illegal and inhumane act."
Begun, a 51-year-old engineer and unofficial teacher of Hebrew in Moscow
— where such activity is banned — was given the maximum sentence: seven
years imprisonment to be followed by five years of internal exile. He had been
charged with "anti-Soviet" activities.
In a statement issued at the White House, Reagan accused the Soviet Union
of "launching a new campaign of repression against human rights activists"
after it had made a commitment to respect human rights "nearly a month" ago
at the Madrid conference on compliance with the human rights clauses of the
Helsinki accords, of which the Soviet Union is a signatory.
Calling Begun a "courageous Jewish believer," Reagan said, "Soviet
persecution of religious and political dissidents is not new. In the case of
Mr. Begun the Soviet regime has refused for 13 years to honor his request
to emigrate to Israel."
Reagan said, "Soviet policy toward Jewish emigration and dissident move-
ments has sunk to a new low of brutality and repression. Anti-Semitism has escalated dramatically as has
harassment of other human rights defenders." He said that a Lithuanian Catholic priest, Father Sigitas
Tamkavicius, "is facing a similar fate" to Begun and Oleg Radzinsiy, a Soviet peace activist, has been held
for almost a year.
"We condemn these illegal and inhumane
acts," Reagan said.
The U.S. State Department expressed the
official American protest in a statement that
referred to Begun's trial as the cutting edge of a
The striking teachers at Akiva Hebrew Day School
"new wave of repression" in the USSR and an
filed a libel suit against the school this week in Oakland
"increase in officially sanctioned anti-
County Circuit Court. The suit alleges that statements
made by representatives of the school, including President
The Israeli government issued an official
Ronald Berman's letter in The Jewish News on Sept. 30,
statement after Sunday's Cabinet meeting de-
libelously accused the striking teachers of picket-line vio-
nouncing the Soviet policy of discrimination
In a letter to Akiva parents this week, the striking
teachers said that reports of the union being guilty of vio-
It appealed to all nations of the world
lence on the picket line are "absolutely false."
and lovers of freedom to appeal to the
Sue Akiva for Libel
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Federation Honors Schlussel Hart and Safran for Leadership
Mark E. Schlussel, Sharon Hart and James A. Safran have been selected to receive
the 1983 Young Leadership Awards of the Jewish Welfare Federation at its Board of
Governors meeting Tuesday.
Schlussel will receive the Frank A. Wetsman Memorial Leadership Award. A
member of Federation's Board of Governors and Executive Committee, Schlussel is
chairman of the Culture and Education budgeting and planning division, and sits on the
boards of United Jewish Charities and the Max M. Fisher Jewish Community Founda-
tion. Former president of the Jewish Federation Apartments, he is a member of the board
and executive committee of Sinai Hospital and chairs its Human Resources Committee.
He chairs Federation's task forces on transportation and the day schools.
Sharon Hart is recipient of the Sylvia Simon Greenberg Young Leaderhip
Award. She has held numerous positions in Federation's Women's Division and
currently serves as its associate Campaign chairman. She is a member of Federa-
tion's National and Community Relations Agencies budgeting and planning
division, the board and executive committee of Jewish Family Service and the
Detroit Soviet Jewry Committee of the Jewish Community Council. She has
served on the United Jewish Appeal Young Women's Leadership Cabinet.
Safran, 1982-1983 president of the Junior Division (now the Young Adult Division),
will receive the William H. Boesky Memorial Leadership Award. Safran was co-
chairman of the division men's pre-Campaign section of the 1982 Allied Jewish Cam-
paign. He served as liaison to the board of directors of the Jewish Vocational Service and
the Jewish Educational Loan
Service, as well as Federa-
tion's Capital Needs Commit-
As part of their award,
both Schlussel and Mrs. Hart
are invited to the General As-
sembly of the Council of
Jewish Federations next
month in Atlanta. Safran is
invited to a spring Young
Leadership Conference of the
CH and United Jewish Ap-