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April 04, 1986 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-04-04

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THIS ISSUE 50c

APRIL 4,.1986

SERVING DETROIT'S METROPOLITAN JEWISH COMMUNITY

Who Is A Jew?'
Stirs Local Forum

The Midrasha's Unity
series led off with
traditional and Reform
viewpoints on conversion
and patrilineal descent.

BY ALAN HITSKY
News Editor

Although they changed few
minds, Rabbi Stanley Kirshner of
Cong. B'nai Israel of West Bloom-
field and Rabbi Norman Roman of
Temple Beth El did an admirable job
Monday evening presenting opposing
viewpoints on the issue of "Conver-
sion and Patrilineal Descent."

The two local rabbis were the
lead-off speakers in the three-part
series on "Unity Within Diversity:
Restoring Dialogue Within the
Jewish Community," being spon-
sored by the Midrasha - College of
Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Kirshner led off the dis-
cussion by explaining the traditional
conversion process. He added that
many biblical heroes, including Ab-
raham, were converts, and reminded
the audience that Joseph, Moses and
Joshua married .non-Jews. "There
was much intermarriage during our
bondage in Egypt, but there is no
biblical discussion of problems or

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Continued on Page 22

Broomfield Pushes
Soviet Emigration

The Birmingham legislator
will present a list of 35
refuSeniks to Russian
authorities this week.

Staff Report

Rep. William Broomfield (R-
Birmingham) will attempt to gain
the release of 12 Soviet Jewish
families this week during a week-
long visit to the Soviet Union.
Accompanied by Rep. Dante
Fascell Broomfield will try
to give the list of 35 names to Soviet
leader Mikhail Gorbachev, in a ges-
ture similar to one that was mak by
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.); in
January. •
Fascall and Broomfield are the
ranking members of the House
Fgreign Affairs Committee from
their respective parties. They said
before leaving the United States this
week that they would raise human
rights issues with Soviet leaders.
According to Bill Graham of the
Friends of the. Soviet Jewry Educa-
tion and Information Center, the list
of names was compiled by Sherwin
Tukel of the Detroit District of the
Zionist Organization of America,

Jeannie Weiner of the Detroit Soviet
Jewry Committee of the Jewish
Community Council, and Rae
Sharfman of the Friends group.
Graham said the families were
chosen from a general list, rather
than because of ties to Michigan, be-
cause Broomfield and Fascell are re-
presenting the Foreign Affairs
Committee and. not just their respec-
tive states. Broomfield's list includes
the following: Lev Biltshtein, a
former administrator who lids been
working menial jobs since he applied

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