THE JEWISH NEWS
THIS ISSUE 60c
SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY
FEBRUARY 20, 1987 / 21 SHEVAT 5747
Local Rally On Thursday
For Soviet Jewish Refuseniks
A two-hour B'nai B'rith vigil at Tel-Twelve Mall will include
reading 12,000 refusenik names as part of a national effort
A rally for Soviet Jewish re-
fuseniks, due to take place Thursday
at Tel-Twelve Mall, is to be dupli-
cated in communities around the
United States and in 42 countries
around the world, according to B'nai
Scheduled to begin at noon here,
the two-hour vigil is to include a mo-
ment of silence and the reading of the
names of 12,000 Jews who have been
refused exit from the Soviet Union.
The event—sponsored by B'nai
B'rith's Men's and Women's Coun-
cils, Anti-Defamation League, Hillel
foundations and Youth Organiza-
tion, as well as the Jewish Commu-
nity Council of Metropolitan
Detroit—represents the fraternal
organization's first attempt at a un-
ified stand on Soviet Jewry, accord-
ing to Peter Perlman, president of
B'nai B'rith Metro Detroit Council.
The simultaneous rallies around
the world, representing the voice of
one-half million B'nai B'rith mem-
bers worldwide, plus the participa-
tion of both Jewish and non-Jewish
community leaders "shows that this
is not an isolated plea for attention.
It's universal," explained Pauline
Michaels, B'nai B'rith Women's
Soviet Jewry chairman.
What results will the two-hour
gathering produce? "We figure if it's
done internationally and enough
people protest, and enough news gets
out, it may make (the Soviets) wake
up," according to Martin Westin,
B'nai B'rith Metropolitan Detroit
Council Soviet Jewry chairman.
Westin said he does not believe
there will be time to read aloud all
the 12,000 names of refuseniks, com-
piled in a book by the ADL. In fact,
"I'm sure the number (of refuseniks)
is even greater than what we have in
The solidarity event was the
brainchild of B'nai B'rith Interna-
tional, which passed on program
guidelines to local communites. In
Detroit, the event was hurriedly put
together in 30 days, according to
Westin. "Part of the problem in De-
troit is that B'nai B'rith doesn't cur-
rently have an executive director,"
said Perlman. "It slowed down the
organization of the event."
Even so, rally organizers have
already received a dozen positive re-
sponses from local leaders, answer-
Smooth shift for a
Soviet Jewish family
Continued on Page 20
The Hillel Foundation at the University
of Michigan is reaching thousands. How's that?
Why the Jewish names
in Wall Street scandals?
CANDLELIGHTING 5:53 P.M.