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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-11-04

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Svetlana

Continued from Page 20

painted by a Russian Jew, to
the Bruans as a housewarm-
ing present.
The Alters said the Shte-
ingardts are working, "but
not at jobs that would be their
choice . . . They want to go to
Israel, even though they have
a daughter in Michigan."
The Shteingardts became
observant Jews five years ago,
Svetlana said. Her 16-year-
old sister, Zhana, uses the
Hebrew name Hannah and
has refused to work in school
on the Sabbath. "She has us-
ed a lot of excuses why she
cannot write on Saturdays,"
Svetlana said. An experimen-
tal five-day school week has
spared Hannah problems this
year.
Svetlana's father was a
space engineer until he ap-
plied to emigrate to Israel. He
now works as an engineer at
entry-level pay. He was told
that the family could
emigrate in three to five
years, after the expiration of
secrecy problems associated
with his job.
"That was 10 years ago,"
Svetlana said, and the Soviets
have publicly published her
father's "secret" work.
Svetlana's mother is an en-
docrinologist and was allow-
ed to continue in her position
because of the scarcity of
specialists in her field. She
quit her job last year for
health reasons.
The Shteingardts' latest
emigration request is more
than a year old. Despite mon-
thly visits to the OVIR office,
the family was not informed
until August that their re-
quest had been refused in
April. They are still waiting
for an answer to their appeal
to the Supreme Soviet.
"With Gorbachev," said
Svetlana, "everything looks
good from outside, but inside
there is not much change. My
feeling is he is better than the
others were. The others didn't
care for the outside as well as
the inside."
The Shteingardts, and
Svetlana, remain optimistic.
"My father's youngest
brother and his family receiv-
ed permission to emigrate
and are going next month to
Israel," she said. "Refuseniks
are receiving permission, but
it is coming very slowly."
Svetlana said her mother
and sister may be allowed to
visit Toronto next month. A
wealthy Canadian invited the
Shteingardts to his
daughter's wedding. He even
sent plane tickets and a for-
mal invitation through the
Canadian ambassador in
Moscow.
"There's an 80 percent
chance they'll be allowed to
come," Svetlana said. "They

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will keep my father inside the
country so that my mother
and sister will come back."
Svetlana also sent a formal
invitation to the Soviet
Union, requesting that her
grandmother be allowed to
visit here. "She wants to
check to see that I am living
properly — you know, a
Jewish grandmother!"
She telephones her family
every other week, making
30-40-minute calls. "I don't
know the cost," she said.
"Keith pays the bills. But I do
know that it is a lot. Every
time he pays the telephone
bills I do not like the look on
his face.
"My mother always tells me
that we have talked enough,
but I keep talking. I- have to
talk to my mother, my father,
my sister. My grandmother
lives in the same building
and there are cousins" and
other family.
"They miss me a lot. I lived
with my parents all my life.
Now I have been away for a
year. My mother says she can-
not stand it anymore."
Svetlana refuses to say that
she is homesick. "Homesick
is not the right word. I miss
my parents and my friends.
But I do not miss the coun-
try."

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NEWS

Black-Jewish
Ties Discussed

Boston — Two experts on
black-Jewish relations agreed
that despite the strong coali-
tion that developed between
blacks and Jews in the 1960s,
what emerged from that era
were feelings of resentment,
tension and rivalry, and that
today, newly thought-out
solutions are required to
allow the two communities to
rebuild an alliance as equals.
Clarence Wood, director and
CEO of the Human Relations
Task Force, Chicago Com-
munity Trust, and former
vice-president of the National
Urban League; and Jonathan
Kaufman, a Pulitzer prize
winning reporter for the
Boston Globe and author of
Broken Alliance: The Tur-
bulent Times Between Blacks
and Jews in America, made
their remarks at a plenary
session of the American
Jewish Committee.
Said Wood: "What we call a
confrontation is often more a
disagreement, and our respec-
tive leadership must learn to
focus on the specifics of the
disagreement rather than on
the magnitude of the confron-
tation."
Kaufman noted "a tenden-
cy in recent years to try and

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