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March 17, 1989 - Image 104

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-03-17

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104

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 1989

BBG, BBW Examine 'JAP'
Issue at Joint Gathering

LISA EIDELMAN

Special to The Jewish News

C4 ■

What is the dif-
ference between a
"JAP" and a

vulture?
A. Fingernail polish.
Some people might consider
this a joke. Maybe even a fun-
ny joke. But to many people
this kind of humor isn't fun-
ny. There is a new problem in
today's society, especially for
Jewish females. It is directly
related to anti-Semitism.
This problem is the usage of
the term "Jewish American
Princess."
The use of the word "JAP"
started many years ago, but
was not intended to be harm-
ful. Many people, mostly
Jewish, used this term to
describe wealthy, spoiled,
Jewish females. They never
intended it to get so out of
hand. Today, this word is be-
ing used to describe an obnox-
ious, materialistic, whiny
female — no matter what her
religion. It has also become a
vehicle for many to make
seeming acceptable racial,
ethnic and sexist slurs. A
term that was used as a joke
just isn't funny anymore.
Recently, the Metropolitan
Detroit Council of B'nai
B'rith Women and the Great
Lakes Council of B'nai B'rith
Girls gathered in Adat
Shalom Synagogue to discuss
this problem. Chaired by Lori
Eidelman of BBG and Linda
Moss of BBW, this program
was a huge success. Nearly
300 women and girls of all
generations gathered for
lunch and an informative talk
given by Linda Soberman,
vice president of the Anti-
Defamation League in
Michigan.
As Mrs. Soberman talked, it
was obvious that these
women were concerned about
this problem and many were
not aware of its severity and
ramifications.
". . . JAP jokes are examples
of traditional classic Ameri-
can anti-Semitism equating
Jews with the dollar sign —
all the terms that have been
historically used to describe
Jews — materialistic, greedy,
manipulative, shiny, nouveau
riche," Mrs. -Soberman said.
"And JAP jokes have become
a 'fun' way to voice anti-
Semitism. What is seen as a
benign, humorous jesting by

Lisa Eidelman is president of
Great Lakes Council of B'nai
B'rith Girls.

Lea-Rachel Kosnik and Rebecca Bahar join their mother at the BBG-
BBW luncheon.

Liz Greenberg, BBG Council third vice president, was a model for the
fashion show.

the greater Christian com-
munity is now finally being
looked at by the Jewish com-
munity as a virulent hostile
attack." This is just a small
portion of Mrs. Soberman's
speech, but it shows the gravi-
ty of this issue.
There was also a lighter
side to the day. Beside the
speaker, greetings were given
by President of Metropolitan
Detroit Council BBW, Soralee
Broida and BBG N'siah Lisa
Eidelman. An inspirational
message about membershp
was given by Sylvia Ross.
A strolling fashion show
was arranged by Lois Leven-

son of Guys and Gals. Models
were Beth Cousens, Liz
Greenberg, Jennifer Anchill,
Joanna Voight, Debby Carp,
Rachel Grey, Belle Rubin,
Sharon Lebovic, Jackie
Tichik, Lee Levine and Bar-
bara Gorzeck. The women
thoroughly enjoyed the new
fashions displayed. Incor-
porating the theme of
"Generation to Generation,"
there were many B'nai B'rith
families that spanned more
than three generations prov-
ing that B'nai B'rith is an
organization with appeal and
relevence to women of all
ages.

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