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November 18, 1983 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-11-18

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NEWS

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Art Exhibit & Auction

* On Saturday Evening, November 19, 1983 *
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Auction commences at 9:00 p.m.

1.

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`Open Letter' on Soviet Jewish Plight
Condemned by American Jewish Leaders

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Leaders of the Soviet Jewry
movement here have de-
nounced as blatantly false
an "open letter" from 50
"Soviet citizens of Jewish
nationality" addressed to
American Jews urging
them to discount reports of
anti-Semitism in the USSR.
Referring to the "open let-
ter" which was carried by
Tass, the official Soviet

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News agency several days
ago, Morris Abram, chair-
man of the National Con-
ference on Soviet Jewry
(NCSJ) said it was "a blat-
ant example of Soviet
hypocricy." Herbert
Kronish, chairman of the
Greater New York Confer-
ence on Soviet - Jewry
(GNYCSJ), called the letter
an "absurd and tragic lie."
The signatories are as-
sociated with the "Anti-
Zionist Committee of the
Soviet People." Their letter
said, "We understand that it
may be difficult for some
American Jews whose
fatheri and grandfathers
fled from Czarist Russia to
escape -pogroms to realize
that the roots of national
discord have long been
eliminated in the Soviet
Union.
"The letter claimed
further that the Soviet
Union has been "falsely
reported as being hostile
to the existence of Israel"
whereas it opposes only
Zionist policies. Ameri-
can Jews. were urged to
work with the Soviet
people for world peace.

Abram observed that the
letter "was a propaganda of-
fensive tailored to Western
readers . . . couched in ap-
peals for 'world peace' from
selected Jews, and used the
standard line that the
Soviet Union has nothing
against the state of Israel
except its 'Zionist
Policies.' " He added, "To
claim that one is not anti-
Jewish or anti-Israel while
conveniently designating as
`Zionist' a myriad of evils as
Orwellian 'double-think'
that fools no one."

Kronish - • declared:
"Claims that anti-Semitism
have been rooted put of
Soviet society are absurd
and a tragic lie. Visitors to

the USSR, including my
wife and myself, in 1977 and
again in 1982, can testify to
collectively meeting
thousands of Jews who are
regularly subjected to KGB
violence, denied access to
higher education, pre-
vented from studying and
teaching Hebrew, and are
targeted by blatant anti-
Semitic attacks."
Both Abram and
Kronish suggested that
the letter carried by Tass
was an attempt to coun-
teract the world-wide
outcry which arose when
Soviet Jewish activitist
Iosif Begun was sen-
tenced to 12 years' im-
prisonment and internal
exile because he taught
Hebrew and sought to
emigrate to Israel.
Meanwhile, Israel's
Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi
Avraham Shapira and
Sephardic Chief Rabbi
Mordechai Eliyahu led a
prayer rally for Soviet
Jewry in NeW York last
week. The rally, sponsored
by the Greater New York
Conference on Soviet Jewry
(GNYCSJ). was held on the
street where the Soviet Mis-
sion to the United Nations
is located. A few hundred
people, mostly students of
Hebrew schools in the met-
ropolitan area attended.
In a related development,
Vladamir Livshits of
Leningrad, a scientist of
applied mathematics and
economics, and his wife,
Anna, an engineer, have
begun a strike "to let the
world know of the plight of

Jews in the Soviet Union,"
it was reported by the Union
of Councils for Soviet Jews
(UCSJ).
The couple first
applied for exit visas to
immigrate to Israel and
join their family there in
1981. Both have appealed
to Soviet authorities, in-
cluding President Yuri
Andropov, for visas to
emigrate, but have been
continually rebuffed.
It also was learned that
Soviet authorities have
dropped drug smuggling
charges against Jewish ac-
tivist Lev Elbert who is
serving a one-year sentence
for draft evasion.
In New York, the interna-
tional officers of United
Synagogue Youth have ap-
pointed two Soviet teena-
gers who are refusniks to
serve as members of their
international board. The
two Soviet teens, Pavlik
Ploschansky of Vinnitsa
and Larissa Kaliushny of
Odessa will be regarded as
full members of the board.
In taking this action the
International Board and Of-
ficers of USY have declared
their ongoing commitment
to the cause of Soviet Jewry.

Adam was created single,
to teach us that to destroy
one person is to destroy a
whole world, and to
preserve one person is to de-
story a whole world, and to
preserve one person is to
preserve a whole world; that
no man should say to an-
other, "my father was
superior to yours!"

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The Fresh Air Society's Camp Maas was among
four camps highlighted in the recent issue of JWB
Circle magazine. These two photographs show a
Fresh Air Society outing on Belle Isle in 1905 and
campers this summer at Camp Maas.

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