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July 31, 1987 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-07-31

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THE JEWISH NEWS

THIS ISSUE 60c

KIDS OF THE
COVENANT

Making Jewish
friendships

SMARTS FOR
THE ARTS

Pushing culture
in the city

CONTENTS PAGE 7

SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY

JULY 31, 1987 / 5 AV 5747

Jewish Groups Are Taking Sides
In State Medicaid Abortion Fight

JENNIFER TAUB

Jewish News Intern

The Jewish community stands
divided on the issue of abortion as
well as the implications of the recent
decision to deny state-paid abortions
to indigent women. The law marks a
victory for the supporters of the
"Right to Life" movement. Jewish
"pro-choice" supporters are disap-
pointed, yet determined to gather the
necessary signatures to place the
issue of medicaid funds for abortion
on the November 1988 Michigan
ballot.
The Greater Detroit section of the
National Council of Jewish Women
has mailed one petition to each of its
3,000 members along with a letter
urging each of them to attend at least
one of four training seminars. Open
to the public as well, the one-hour
seminars are scheduled for 10 a.m.
Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Aug. 18, and two dates
in October.
According to Jeanne Korsh, public
affairs vice president of the local
NCJW, the seminars are essential to
the efficient circulation of the
petitions.

The Jewish Community Council
is colaborating with the New Jewish
Agenda in planning a fall conference
on Reproductive Choice According to
Jewish Law. Council community af-
fairs associate Miriam Schey said
that many groups, including The
Louis Marshall Chapter of B'nai
B'rith, the NCJW, Hadassah and

Women's American ORT, have con-
tacted the Council concerning plans
of action.
Bea Breiner, co-coordinator of the
Henrietta Szold Group of Hadassah,
said that the Committee for the Pro-
tection of Michigan Lives in Lansing
is circulating petitions through
Continued on Page 18

90-100 Soviet Jews
Headed For Detroit

STAFF REPORT

One hundred Soviet Jews may im-
migrate to the Detroit area in the
coming year, according to Jewish
Family Service. Twenty-seven have
made Detroit their home in recent
months, said Sam Lerner, director of
JFS. Another 45 are "in the pipeline,"
waiting at transit points in Rome and
Vienna to be transferred to Detroit.
Eight Soviet Jews are expected to
arrive in Detroit at the beginning of

next week, according to JFS resettle-
ment worker Lydia Kuniaysky. Two of
them, including a woman who lived
near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster,
will need immediate medical
treatment.
Detroit agencies are bracing for a
renewed wave of immigration. "We
feel it every day," Kuniaysky said.
The Jewish Welfare Federation
recently allotted $225,000 toward the
Resettlement Service for the coming
year, an increase of $18,000, in an-
Continued on Page 18

Jews are
flocking to the
north country
like they once
flocked to
South Haven

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