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April 18, 1986 - Image 99

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-04-18

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100 . Friday, April 18, 1986





Soviet !ewlry Forum
Boosts Awareness

2301 Coolidge
Berkley, MI 48072


Doctors and Staff

of the


wish to take this opportunity to
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You are invited to stop by and
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Sheri Wagner and Glenn Richter display an anti-Semitic Soviet
propaganda poster during the youth workshop.


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Air. and Airs. Max Stollman
Air. Philip Stollman .
and Families

Like an albatross latched onto
a sailor's neck, those words
strangle the Soviet Union's 2.5
million Jews everyday. But the
oppressive phrase, etched on
door-plastered leaflets, did not
prevent 125 people from gather-
ing at the Jewish Community
Center in West Bloomfield to
participate in the "Community
Forum ToWards Summit II" con-
ference last Sunday.
The forum, sponsored by the
Detroit Soviet Jewry Committee
and the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion, featured talks from Michi-
gan Congressmen Sander Levin
and William Broomfield as' well
as workshop presentations from
some of the most repected
authorities in the American
Soviet Jewry movement.
The point of the conference
was to mobilize the Detroit
Jewish community to help place
the issue of human rights on the
agenda for .the upcoming and
yet undated summit meeting be-
tween the United States and the
Soviet Union.
"This gathering should be a.
reminder that we here in De-
troit shall not forget and will
always work until every Jew
wishes to leave the Soviet
Union," said Jewish Welfare
Federation President Joel
To date there are over 15,000
Jews (refuseniks) in the Soviet
Union who have been denied
emigration visas. There are at
least 20 Jewish "Prisioners of
Conscience" who have been put
on trial as a result of trying to
emigrate to Israel or furthering
their cultural or religious life in
the USSR. In 1985, only 1,140
Jews were allowed to leave the
USSR compared to the 51,300
Jews who were grarited exit
visas in 1979.
Rep. Levin brought the plight
of the Soviet Jew closei to home
when he read a letter that was
written to him by refusenik Lev
Shapiro, whoan he met in the
Soviet Union last year. Shapiro

wrote of the injustice that his
family is currently suffering be-
cause their daughter, Naomi,
can't attend the public school of
her choice,
"There are tens of thousands
of Naomi Shapiros that are
reaching out to us," Levin said.
"So let's hasten the day that
Naomi Shapiro will be back in
the school of her choice in a
country of her choice."
Rep. Broomfield said that "we
in the Free World have an obli-
gation to put maximum pressure
on the Soviets to end their in-
human policy of persecution and
restriction of immigration."
In his workshop discussion,
William Keyserling, director of
the Washington office for Na-
tional Conference on Soviet
Jewry, said, "We must ensure
that human rights remain on
the summit agenda and we must
begin now to launch an aggres-
sive public education campaign
to ensure that the American
people stay behind us."
Keyserling said Americans
may think the problem 'is on its
way to being solved after the re-
lease of Anatoly Shcharansky
and other refuseniks.
Shcharansky's release, however,
was an attempt by the Soviets
to ease pressure from the West.
"The Soviets' public relations
campaign has been very care-
fully crafted. It has been effec-
tive. Six percent of the total
U.S. media coverage during one
two-week period was on
Shcharansky and the others who
were released," Keyserling said.
By seizing control of the pub-
lic dialogue on human rights
and Soviet Jewry, the Soviets
have not only begun to change
American public opinion, but
have also reduced American
media coverage of the beatings
the Soviets continue to inflict
upon Jewish "Prisoners of Con-
science," he said.
Abraham Bayer, director of
the International Commission
for the National Jewish Com-
munity Relations Advisory
Council, said one way of raising
media and public awareness of
Sbviet Jewry is to demonstrate

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