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April 14, 1989 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-04-14

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BACKGROUND

Let the Golden Years

Recent immigrants from Eastern Europe look forward to living in
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clinical requirements, but also their
personal and spiritual needs.

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34 FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 1989

plates of caviar and other
Russian delicacies, along
with a rapidly dwindling bot-
tle of Absolut vodka. In keep-
ing with the Russian tradi-
tion, the empty bottle is plac-
ed on its side beneath the
table, a signal for the waiter
to bring out more of the
favored beverage.
As the band launches into
a loud disco number, Sirotin
says he will write to his
relatives back in Moscow
about the visitor who is
preparing an article about
Russian Jewish life in
Brighton Beach. Glasnost
aside, he assumes his letters
of life in America are still
screened by Soviet
authorities. "So the KGB will
know all about you," he says,
as an impish smile slides
across his face.
His son, whom Sirotin affec-
tionately calls Sasha, leans
across the table, shaking his
head. After Sasha's parents
were divorced in Moscow, he
was raised by his mother who
moved to Warsaw. He came to
live with his father in
Brighton Beach two years
ago, and now thinks Sirotin is
acting just a little too
paranoid. "Even in Russia,
there aren't enough people to
read all the letters," he says,
laughing.
The scene at the Shorefront
Y on a wet and blustery Sun-
day morning seems far
removed from the boisterous
Metropol dance floor the
night before. A community
rummage sale is taking place
inside the gym on the main
floor, with tables of dish
towels, kitchen gadgets,
clothing and other articles
spread out for the mostly
elderly browsers.
Upstairs, Ketty Karmazin
is meeting with a young cou-
ple who has arrived from the
Soviet Union only a few
months earlier. Karmazin,
the Jewish outreach coor-
dinator for the Y's Project
ARI, asks the couple's 5-year-
old daughter if she would like
to learn more about Judaism

in a youth program offered at
the Y.
"No, I don't want to do
that," says the girl, her voice
trailing off as she wanders out
of Karmazin's little office.
"Why not?" wonders Kar-
mazin, raising her voice so
the child can still hear her.
"Don't you want to learn
about the Jewish people,
about your religion?" But the
girl has already disappeared
down the hall. Her parents
can only offer shy, apologetic
grins as Karmazin turns her
attention back toward them.
Project ARI provides a
variety of social services to
Russian Jews, including child
care, job assistance and help
in sorting out government
benefit programs. They Y also
runs English classes that are
mainly aimed at helping im-
migrants in employment
situations. In addition, there
are "acculturation" classes
designed to help Russian
Jews familiarize themselves
with Jewish life in America.
Pauline Bilus, the project
director, says the program
helps about 1,500 people each
month. But she also knows
that the needs of the large im-
migrant community far
outstrip available resources.
"We're making a little pro-
gress, but it's only been a
dent," she says.
Part of the problem is a
shrinking pool of money to
pay for immigration
assistance in areas like
Brighton Beach. The federal
government has scaled back
its refugee aid programs, in-
cluding those targeted to
Soviet Jews. And in New York
and elsewhere, fund-raising
campaigns at Jewish federa-
tions have been leveling off,
creating additional squeezes
on immigration efforts that
rely heavily on private
philanthropy.
The timing of the budget
cutbacks could not be worse.
The number of Jews allowed
to leave the Soviet Union
slowed to a trickle in the ear-
ly 1980s, but is now on the

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