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April 14, 1989 - Image 24

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PATH TO FREEDOM

A CALL TO A PASSOVER PEACE ACTION

Every Passover we are reminded that we were once slaves in Egypt. The
memories of this and other struggles for freedom are etched in Jewish
history and conscience. It is time for us to affirm that our freedom can-
not come at the price of another people's freedom.

Lost Generation

Continued from preceding page

As American Jews we coil for:

• Support for a secure Israel, and of the forces for peace in Israel ;
• Support for an active American role in promoting the peace process ;
• Negotiations between the Israeli government and the chosen repre-
sentatives of the Palestinians — today undoubtedly the PLO — based
on the principles of mutual recognition and self-determination for
peace, security and an end to the occupation ;
• A mutual end to violence.

This Passover is different from other Passovers because today there is a
real chance for peace.

As Passover approaches, we express our solidarity with the many
thousands of concerned American Jews who will be rallying on Sunday,
April 16th in New York City and throughout the United States, in support
of these principles. This ad has been coordinated by the Passover Peace
Coalition.

For more information call: (212) 727-9280

Sponsoring Organizations (2/16/89) ; Ad Hoc Committee of Jewish Labor Leaders, Rabbis
and Activists ; American Friends of the Civil Rights and Peace Movement (RATZ) ; Americans
for Progressive Israel (API) ; American-Israeli Civil Liberties Coalition (AICLC) ; America-Israel
Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (AICIPP) ; American Support for the Advancement of
Civil Liberties in Israel (AACLI Inc.) ; Ad Hoc Committee of Artists and Writers for Israeli-
Palestinian Peace ; Friends of New Outlook ; Friends of Peace Now ; Friends of Yesh Gvul ;
Garin Gal Chadash ; The Generation After; Habonim-Dror; Hashomer Hatzair; Holocaust
Survivors Association USA ; International Center for Peace in the Middle East (ICPME) ; Inter-
national Jewish Peace Union (IJPU) ; Israeli. Friends of Peace Now in America ; Jewish Peace
Fellowship (JPF) ; Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation ; Labor Zionist Alliance
(LZA) ; New Jewish Agenda (NJA) ; Progressive Zionist Caucus (PZC).

LOCAL SPONSORS: Americans for Progressive Israel (API) ; Friends of Peace
Now; Friends of Yesh Gvul ; New Jewish Agenda (NJA)-Ann Arbor and
Detroit Chapters ; Progressive Zionist Caucus (PZC).

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the new Russian
language newspaper,
Fonarik, and spends time
with his ailing wife.
"Thank God we have pro-
grams for people who can't
work, so we can live!" he says.
"But for a full life, we need
something else. There is a
Russian proverb: 'Not only
bread, but . . "
The immigrants offer
various reasons for leaving the
Soviet Union — the desire for
freedom and a better life, to
live as Jews. One common
thread was their urge to be
with their children or offer
them a better future. "They
are all skilled, professional
people," says English
language instructor Clara
Collens, an 88-year-old former
concert violinist. "Culturally,
intellectually, they are the
tops. They left marvelous jobs
to be with their children."
When they reminisce, it's
obvious the seniors miss parts
of their old life, but not the
Soviet Union. "We are happy
to be here," Polskaya says.
"But all of us need more
spiritual life. I need not just
food for my body, but
something for my soul."
Polskaya was reunited with
her son two years after he left
the Soviet Union for Detroit.
Because many of the older
immigrants are on fixed in-
comes, they cannot afford to
indulge in the cultural ac-
tivities they loved in the
Soviet Union. Transportation
is difficult. As 65-year-old Ida
Kinchuk explains, "We are
without legs."

One outlet the seniors have
found is volunteer projects.
Several work on the Russian
language newspaper; others
translate for elderly Russian
immigrants who do not speak
English. Polskaya teaches

Voluntarism is not
part of the Soviet
experienCe, though
the Soviets will
bend over
backward to help
family and friends.

Russian to adults who want to
refresh their knowledge of the
language.
Berger and Resettlement
Service Director Elaine Zaks
feel more community outreach
for this age group is needed.
Berger advocates interaction
between the Soviets and
Detroiters of the same age and
background and extending an
adopt-a-family approach.

"They've made peace with
their exitence," she says.
"Now, the quality of their lives
needs enriching. It would
enrich the lives of the
Americans, too." ❑

Jewish News Editor Gary
Rosenblat next week will
discuss "In Limbo In
Ladispoli," an account of
U.S. immigration policy and
why thousands of Soviet
Jews are waiting for visas
in Italy.

Refugees In Ladispoli
Spill Into Other Towns

Rome (JTA) — Concern over
increasing numbers of Soviet
Jewish refugees concentrated
in the seaside town of
Ladispoli has forced officials
to limit the number of
refugees assigned to the town
and to expand refugee hous-
ing to other nearby locations.
Three or four months ago,
there were 8,000 foreigners in
Ladispoli, which naturally
caused problems, Ladispoli
Deputy Mayor Crescenzo
Paliotta said in an interview.
Ladispoli has a resident
Italian population of 16,000
to 17,000, and public services
could not cope, he said.
Sanitation and transporta-
tion are posing problems for
the community, which the
state government counted as
a town of 16,000 to 17,000
when it allocated funds and
personnel.
"We faced this problem by
asking the Interior Ministry

and Foreign Ministry to
regulate the presence of
foreigners here and to reduce
it, by limiting new arrivals in
town," he said.
"Now there are about 5,000
foreigners in Ladispoli, at
least 4,000 or 4,500 of them
Soviet Jews, and though the
number of foreigners is still
very high, the situation is
better," he said.
Uri Ben-Zion, director of
the American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee's
education and social services
program in Ladispoli, agreed
that things are better.
"Ladispoli can [handle]
about 4,000 of [the refugees]
— maximum. To have more
than 4,000 makes a little bit
of a problem with the people
here," he said.
He said the nearby seaside
town of Santa Marinella
could host about 2,000 Soviet
Jews; Nettuno could host

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