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December 04, 1987 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-12-04

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THE JEWISH NEWS

THIS ISSUE 60r

SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY

DECEMBER 4, 1987 / 13 KISLEV 5748

American Jews Unite
For Sunday's March

ARTHUR J. MAGIDA

Special to The Jewish News

It's a triple-bill event: The largest
rally on a Jewish issue in Washington
history, a rare occasion of American
Jews speaking with one voice, and an
opportunity to deliver a "thundering
and resounding message" to Soviet
leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
According to its planners, Sunday's
Soviet Jewry rally in Washington
represents a unique chance for
Americans to impress upon the
Soviets the depth of their commit-
ment to Jews in the USSR. For years,
the Kremlin, in meetings with U.S. of-
ficials in Moscow, Helsinki,
Washington, Geneva and elsewhere,

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has heard of American concern for
Soviet Jews. In two days, for the first
time since Leonid Brezhnev's U.S.
visit in 1973, a Russian leader is ex-
pected on our shores. And he will
hear, albeit at a distance, the passions
of U.S. citizens aroused by the plight
of Soviet Jews — and "our determina-
tion to see this to the end," according
to David Harris, the American Jewish
Committee's Washington represen-
tative who is the rally's national
coordinator.
To some extent, the rally and the
summit come at what may be a
crossroads in the fate of Soviet Jews.
The Reagan-Gorbachev meeting is
already predisposed at least to discuss
Continued on Page 12

Detroiters Start Early
For Washington Rally

DAVID HOLZEL

Staff Writer

The 877 Detroiters who will fly to
Washington Sunday for the Soviet
Jewry rally will start their day with
the sunrise. All rally participants
have been asked to be at Detroit
Metropolitan Airport's International
Terminal by 7:30 a.m.
Busses will shuttle demonstrators
to Metro beginning at 6:45 a.m. from
the parking lot at 30100 Telegraph.
For reservations, call the Jewish In-
formation Service, 967-HELP.
Members of the Jewish Community
Council's Soviet Jewry Committee
will distribute boarding passes and
information packets on the Interna-
tional Terminal's upper level.
The three chartered jets will

depart between 9 and 10 a.m., accor-
ding to the Jewish Community Coun-
cil which is sponsoring the airlift.
One airplane will land at
Washington's Dulles Airport, the
other two will arrive at and depart
from Baltimore-Washington Interna-
tional Airport, just north of the
capital. Busses will shuttle par-
ticipants between the airports and the
demonstration site.
Return flights to Detroit will
begin between 6 and 8 p.m. Organiz-
ers hope to bring the Detroit
demonstators home by 10 p.m.
Council Community Relations
Associate Patty Liss said the Council
was not able to accommodate all
1,000 people who requested seats, but
offered to help groups of 47 persons
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