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SERVING DETROIT'S METROPOLITAN JEWISH COMMUNITY
Worry Carl Levin
General community sees
Jewish groups as 'one-
BY ALAN HUSKY
Two rabbis at left blow shofars while being ticketed in Washington.
Sending A Message
Local rabbis diverge on
outside the Soviet Embassy
BY TEDD SCHNEIDER
A pair of Detroit-area rabbis in-
volved in community efforts on behalf
of Soviet Jewry differed sharply this
week over the merits of political ac-
tivism by religious leaders following
Monday's arrest of 21 rabbis during a
demonstration outside the Soviet Em-
bassy in Washington.
"I support their cause and the way
they went about it," Rabbi David Nel-
son, of Cong. Beth Shalom said Tues-
day. "I find their efforts worthy of emu-
Rabbi Nelson, who is an active
member of the Jewish Community
Council's Detroit Soviet Jewry Com-
mittee, said such protests not only
"make a statement to the Russian
leaders, but let the world know that
Soviet Jews are not going to be forgot-
ten as our brethren were 40 years ago
But Temple Beth El Associate
Rabbi Norman Roman thinks there
are other, better ways of getting the
message across. "I doubt very much
that I would try to do anything that
was illegal. I think activism is neces-
sary within the context of being
Jewish, but I don't support illegal ac-
tivism in that particular situation."
Rabbi Roman also serves on the
Detroit committee, although he called
his role with the organization "mini-
mal." He is a member of the commit-
tee's speakers bureau and says he tries
to promote educational programs on
the plight of Soviet Jewry.
The Temple Beth El associate
rabbi sees more conventional methods
of activism as being just as effective as
the recent rash of public demonstra-
tions and arrests. He cited a 1983 trip
to the Soviet Union during which he
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"How are you going to keep them
down on the farm" may be one of the
most serious issues facing the Jewish
U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-
Michigan) is so concerned about
farm-state perceptions of the Ameri-
can Jewish community and Israel that
he took a trip recently to Nebraska and
the Dakotas with his brother, Rep.
Sander Levin (D-Southfield).
Senator Levin told a Southfield
meeting of the local United Jewish
Appeal Young Leadership Cabinet
this week that the first person they
were introduced to told them, "You
guys are Jewish. It's a good thing
you're here. There's a lot of anti-
Semitism going on because people are
losing their family farms and they are
blaming it on the (alleged) Eastern
Jewish banking establishment."
"It struck us," Levin told the
breakfast meeting, "how fragile our
position is in America. What would
happen if we hit another Depression?
Which members of Congress could
withstand the pressure if someone gets
up and wants to move $1 billion from
foreign aid to the farm program, or
unemployment programs, school
lunches or programs for seniors.. .
"People are afraid. What if some-
one gets up and plays to those fears?"
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Ada Bandalene gets them exercising.
FILLING THE GAP
The Jewish Center branch
is undergoing a resurgence,
and geographic needs.
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