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June 26, 1987 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-06-26

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Divided Spouse Plans Strategy
With George Shultz Next Week

Staff Report

Soviet interest." When his wife ask-
ed the officials for the specific reason,
she was referred to section 25 of the
new Soviet statutes, which list all the
reasons for denial of an emigration
Braun has met some high-
ranking officials in his quest to get
Svetlana to the United States. The
head of the Soviet delegation which
is planning to visit Israel soon spoke
to Braun in Moscow in January. He
told Braun that he was sympathetic
with the couple's plight, but was
"powerless" to help.
At the suggestion of U.S. Assis-
tant Secretary of State Richard
Shifter, Svetlana on April 16 filed an
appeal to the Supreme Soviet. That
appeal is still pending. Shifter and

Continued on Page 12

Violinist Arnold Steinhardt and pianist Victor Steinhardt were featured last week
at Shaarey Zedek's Weisberg Concert.

Orthodox Synagogue Between
Conception And Construction


Jewish News Intern


nduring zoning recommenda-
tions and approvals, altera-
tions of plans and 18 percent
reduction in size, the addition of a
new drain pipe and a name change is
standard in the steady development
of a synagogue's identity.
The plans for the Shuv
Synagogue, the second Orthodox
synagogue in West Bloomfield and an
offshoot of Cong. Shomrey Emunah,
remain somewhere between the
stages of conception and construction,
according to Rabbi Shaiall

Transformation is by no means
foreign to the synagogue. The interim
name, "Shuv" — meaning "return" in
Hebrew — may soon be swapped with
"Ohel Moed" — meaning "tent of
meeting." On May 26, the West
Bloomfield Township board approved
the amended site plan which includ-
ed the reduction of the building from
the initially estimated 7,220 square
feet to 5,940 as well as the additon of
a drain pipe in the storm water
system for the site, according to a
township clerk.
To be located on Farmington Road
north of Maple, the synagogue has
been predicted to serve between 50-75

Continued on Page 12

Glenn Triest

Southfield attorney Keith Braun
will meet with U.S. Secretary of State
George Shultz on June 29 in.
Washington, D.C. The meeting is part
of Braun's 2Y2-year struggle to win
emigration for his Soviet wife,
Braun and seven other "divided
spouses" will meet with Shultz, and
then have a scheduled session with a
Russian official at the Soviet Em-
bassy in Washington. "They have
taken - note of the fact that we are
meeting with Shultz," Braun said, but
his wife reported by telephone Sunday
night that her latest bid to win
emigration had been rejected by
Soviet officials in Moscow.
Svetlana was told by Soviet of-
ficials that her request to emigrate
was "undesirable" and "not in the

New Fund Announced
For Jewish Journalism

New York — A unique fund,
designed to fill a gap in serious in-
vestigative reporting in the American
Jewish press, has been announced by
the CRB Foundation here.
The Fund for Journalism on
Jewish Affairs will enable establish-
ed journalists and writers of promise
to take the time they need to work on
worthy projects of concern to the
writer and of importance to the
Jewish community.
The CRB Foundation, described
as the largest private Jewish founda-
tion of its kind, was established

earlier this year by Charles R. Bronf-
man, a Canadian businessman and
philanthropist. One of its goals is to
strengthen the Jewish community, in
North America, Israel and around the
In announcing the initial grant of
up to $100,000 for the first year of the
Fund's operation, Stephen P. Cohen,
president of the CRB Foundation,
noted that "this represents a signifi-
cant commitment to the upgrading of
Jewish affairs coverage and, more
generally, the goal of a high quality,

Continued on Page 12


Tourism Up
This Year

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Israel's
tourist industry will have its
best year ever if the momentum
of the first five months of 1987
is maintained, according to the
Ministry of Toprism.
The Ministry reported that
559,000 tourists arrived from
January through May, an in-
crease of 24 percent over the
same period last year and four
percent above the same period
in 1985, which was the record
year for tourism.
About 470,000 tourists arriv-
ed by air, a 23 percent increase
over last year; and 82,000 came
overland, up 45 percent from
last year. The latter included
48,000 tourists who arrived
from Egypt. About 45,700 ar-
rived by sea during the first five
months of the year. These in-

cluded 9,900 foreign seamen,
mainly from the U.S. Sixth
Fleet on shore leave, and the
rest from cruise ships. In the
same period of 1986, 1,800
foreign seamen visited Israel
and 24,000 were cruise
passengers, the ministry

Israel Okayed
PLO Talks

Aviv (JTA) — An agent of
the Shin Bet, Israel's internal
security service, testified in
closed court June 17 that
several Israelis have with
government approval met with
officials of the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization.
The agent, identified only as
"Reuven," appeared as an ex-
pert witness at the trial in

Ramla magistrates court of four
Israeli leftists who met with
PLO representatives in
Rumania several months ago in
violation of the law. According
to Israel Radio, Reuven named
Lova Eliav and Uri Avneri,
among others.
Eliav confirmed to Israel
Radio that he had indeed met
with PLO officials with the
government's assent and in-
structions to find ways to secure
the release of Israelis held
prisoner by Palestinians and
other Arab groups in Lebanon.

Mixed Marriage
Policy Debated

Milwaukee (JTA) — The
future of the Wisconsin
Council of Rabbis is unclear
as a result of a May 19 vote

to reconsider its longstanding
policy of barring membership
to rabbis who officiate at
mixed marriages.
Five Conservative and two
Orthodox rabbis resigned
immediately after the vote,
including council president
Rabbi Isaac Lerer (Conserva-
tive). They explained that
while the policy was not
changed, the defeat of their
motion to reaffirm it was suf-
ficient reason to leave. Other
local Orthodox rabbis either
left the council over previous
disputes or had never joined.
The incident pitted Reform
rabbis who perform mixed
marriages or support the
right of their colleagues to do
so against Conservative and
Orthodox rabbis opposed to
intermarriage. It also
triggered debate over the na-
ture of the council. "If our
colleagues are going to of-

ficiate at intermarriages,
then there is no place for us
in the council," Lerer said.

'Small' Increase
In Inflation

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The cost-of-
living index rose by only 0.6
percent in May, the Central
Bureau of Statistics reported
June 15. The Bank of Israel and
the Finance Ministry express-
ed satisfaction with the small
increase, attributed to a sharp
seasonal decline in the price of
fruits and vegetables.
Inflation since the beginning
of the year has been at a rate
of 7.5 percent, slightly higher
than in 1986. It is currently
running at an average rate of
one percent a month.

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