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August 09, 1985 - Image 66

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-08-09

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AROUND TOWN

Coping With Aliyah

Continued from Page 88

newsletter, full of articles de-
tailing the simchas and
milestones of Detroit dim.
Monthly meetings offer
speakers on a variety of
topics from "History of the
Israeli Sephardic Community
in Israel" to "Investing in Is-
rael" and "Treatment of Is-
rael in the Media."
Sitting in the living room
of their comfortable home,
surrounded by pictures of
children and grandchildren,
Harmon and Adela Bayer
discuss PNAI and its impact
on their lives. "It is like lov-
ing arms that stretch across
the ocean," explains Adela.
"We help each other and all
of our children like one large
family. We feel for one an-
other and share with one an-
other."
Sharing is a highlight of
most meetings. In between
passing snapshots of grand-
children or bragging about
children's professional ac-
complishments, parents vent
their feelings of anger, frus-
tration, fear and loneliness.
Parents who are coping
positively help other parents.
Harmon and Adela counsel
others based on their own
emotional evolution.
It's been 20 years since
their oldest son, Eddie, then
a 19-year-old college
sophmore on a summer trip
to Israel, told his parents he
wanted to stay in Israel and

marry his Israeli girlfriend.
Adela confides, "For an in-
stant, I felt fear and terror. I
could only think of my own
grandmother, who lost her
five children to America, the
treife land, as she called it.
In her stubborness, she re-

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mained behind in Europe,
living only with memories,
letters and photographs of
her children!'
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20 years. Even so, they feel
lucky if they see their son
once a year.
"Eddie often comes over on
a professional grant to give
lectures (he is a scientist at
the Weizmann Institute), so
we see him more frequently
than some parents," says
Harmon.
Yet the Bayers long for
news and pictures of their
five grandchildren, whom
they see less frequently.
Letter writing has taken
on a heightened importance
and is their best method of
communication. The Bayers

Letter writing has
taken on a
heightened
importance and is
their best method of
communicating.

send Eddie's family long,
rambling, typewritten let-
ters, and receive equally long
letters from Israel. Parts of
the Israeli letter are written
by Eddie and his wife; the
children add their messages
and drawings. The Bayers
also correspond with Eddie's
in-laws and receive copies of
letters Eddie writes to his
professional friends, discuss-
ing his current work. Har-
mon also photocopies Eddie's

letters and mails them to
other family members, to
keep them up-to-date with
their Israeli family.
Like the Bayers, Shirlee
Iden also relies on letter
writing as the primary

means of keeping in touch
with her two daughters and
grandchildren in Israel.
A journalist by profession,
Shirlee made up her mind
when her first daughter left
to write once a week.
"Gradually it became once
every two weeks and now We
every three weeks. But I al-
ways think of them and
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