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June 19, 1987 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-06-19

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28111 Telegraph Rd. & 1-696

UHS Establishes

Across from Tel-12 Mall

(313) 355-1000
(313) 355-6414

resignation as UHS adminis-
trator, but has agreed to stay
on for the coming year in a
part-time capacity. Renee
Wohl is continuing as direc-
tor of the Midrasha College of
Jewish Studies and will re-
port to Mrs. Kriechman.
"Bea Kriechman knows her
business and she cares," Dr.
Goodman said. "She will
work inside the system and
be our number one profes-
Dr. Goodman said out-
reach and other inter-agency
responsibilities will -take a
back seat at UHS this year to
"re-organization and educa-
tion, which will be primary."
United Hebeew Schools has
named its superintendent

search committee, which met
for the first time this week,
and has asked for help from
the placement service of the
Jewish Education Service of
North America. "We are also
networking," Dr. Goodman
said, "with all kinds of offi-
cial and unofficial sources.
"We are looking for a top
person, and someone like that
is committed through the fall.
Then they would probably
have to give a few months'
notice." She said the interim
organization plan is designed
to give the agency time to
hire the right person. Having
an acting high school princi-
pal, she said, will allow the
new superintendent to hire
his own person for that as-

Modem-Day Moses

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10 Friday, June 19, 1987


ence and regular communica-
tion with Soviet Jews,
arguments that Jewish life in
the Soviet Union is improv-
ing fall apart. Rabbi Adolph
Shayevich of the Chorale
Synagogue in Moscow op-
timistically stated at a New
York breakfast for Jewish
leaders that glasnost "has
been received very positively
by the Jewish community of
Shtern views this atti-
tude as blind op-
timism."There are some
people who never learn any
lesson. In our history we al-
ways have a few guys who
remain optimistic even when
facing the worst enemy."
At first glance, the list of
improvements cited by Rabbi
Shayevich seems impressive.
A kosher restaurant will be
built beside the Chorale
Synagogue and will be oper-
ated by the synagogue. A
self-employment law will
allow Hebrew to be taught
and the mikveh attached to
the Marina Rosha synagogue
is undergoing repairs and re-
storation. Soviet authorities
have granted permission for
the importation of 5,000
copies of a Hebrew-Russian
Bible which are sold for 10
rubles each to synagogue
members. Most impressively,
nearly 900 exits were granted
last month.
Shtern skeptically sees
token gestures of temporary
appeasement. He called
Shayevich "a . KGB appointed
person" who had received the
"proper security clearance.
" Truly religious Jews in
Moscow don't consider him a
person at all. I'm not ques-
tioning his credibility.
There's nothing to question,"
he added.
He commented that the
kosher restaurant would pro-
vide lovely dining for tourists
and that the reopening of the
mikveh had as little spiritual
significance and would

merely result in "two more
KGB people trained as rab-
Shtern said he objected
to the underlying implica-
tions of the "improvements"
as being alternatives to
emigration. Such a mind set
allows for the belief that
many Jews wish to stay.
The difficulties imposed
upon those who request visas
is the central deterrent for
Jews not asking to leave, not
satisfaction with the system.
Supporting his argument
with his colorful anecdotal
style, Shtern referred to re-
fusenik Vladimir (Zeev)
Meshkov's metaphor.
"Those who raise the
question of desire and un-
willingness to leave resemble
an onlooker who, seeing as
prisoners make their way out
of prison through a narrow
gate and under the fire of
guards, states that out of -a
thousand of inmates mere
fifty rushed to the gate and
draws the conclusion that the
others do not want to leave
and feel in prison much bet-
ter than out of it."
As for the 900 exits
granted last month, Shtern
exhibits extreme skepticism.
"I don't believe the Soviets
are really serious about per-
mitting more and more and
more Jews to leave," he said.
Telephone conversations
indicate that the increased
emigration was an atypical
wave on its way down. "You
can stay within one policy
and make small fluctuations
or you can change the pol-
Shtern described the
sudden increase in exits
granted as "manipulation
within the same policy."
The new emigration
regulations effective as of
January-•1, 1987, represent
maintainance of the same op-
pressive policy, at best. The
regulations proclaim
everyone is free to come in

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