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May 12, 1989 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-05-12

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UP FRONT!

Ann Arbor Journal Traces
Polish-Jewish Relations

ELIZABETH KAPLAN

p

Features Editor

Oland is everywhere.
On the walls: a button
for Solidarity, Lech
Walesa's struggling labor
union movement, and a poem
by Nobel Prize winner
Czesiaw Milosz. On the floor:
a thick folder of essays, obser-
vations, and commentaries
about Poland.
Marian Krzyzowski talks
Poland, lives Poland, the na-
tion where his parents were
born and a country to which
he feels powerfully attached.
Even his office in Ann Arbor
reflects that passion.
Krzyzowski's night work
also is centered on Poland. He
is editor of Stadium Papers, a
quarterly journal about c9n-
temporary Poland published
by the North American Study
Center for Polish Affairs.
Krzyzowski has a history of
dealing with tough issues.
The April 1988 edition of
Stadium Papers focuses on
Poland's Ukrainian minority.
Two months later, the journal

ran an article on "Political
Apathy in Poland!'
This month's issue is about
post-war Poland and the Jews.
Krzyzowski, who writes
under the name Marek
Nowak, came up with the
idea for the issue. It was a
question of tackling a
neglected subject — "I don't
think the Polish population

'You can't know
Polish history and -
culture without
knowing about the
Jews who
contributed to it.

has really addressed the issue
in a candid way" — and of
unearthing secrets of his own
past.
"Jews have lived in. Poland
for more than 1,000 years;'
says. "Jewish history is as
much of Poland as Polish
history is. You can't know
Polish history and culture
without knowing about the
Jews who contributed to it!'

Despite the fact that only
some 3,000 Jews, most of
them elderly, live in Poland
today, Krzyzowski says the
subject of Polish-Jewish rela-
tions in the country "is very,
very, very important. It's a
dominant topic among the op-
position, among members of
Solidarity and in the govern-
ment."
Peter Swiecicki, president
of the North American Study
Center for Polish Affairs and
a member of a Polish-Jewish
dialogue group, adds, "Polish-
Jewish relations are crucial to
Polish-Americans because for
centuries Poland was the
principal home of the Jews
and because of the
Holocaust?'
Like the pages of the jour-
nal he edits, Krzyzowski is
straightforward. Stadium
Papers contains print only;
there are no glossy pictures of
happy peasants, long ribbons
in their hair, dancing joyous-
ly through the hills.
Krzyzowski has selected dif-
ficult, often painful topics for

Continued to Page 14

Rabbi Marion Shulevitz

Women's Sensitivity
Changing Rabbinate

ALAN HITSKY

Associate Editor

ROUND UP

M

'Palestine Walk'
Planned May 20

Hotline Offers
Torah Advice

In a move that follows the
Jewish community's Solidari-
ty Walk last Sunday, the
Detroit and Ann Arbor
chapters of the Palestine Aid
Society (PAS) are sponsoring
a "Walk To Independence"
May 20. The purpose of the
walk is to "extend our moral
support, our active solidarity
and our material aid to the
Palestinian people."
The walk, which will begin
at Fordwoods Park in Dear-
born, will be followed by a ral-
ly in front of Dearborn city
hall.
Funds from the walk will be
used to support the Women
and Children's Clothing
Workshop in "Ramallah,
Palestine," according to a PAS
brochure.

A New York rabbi and
psychotherapist has
established a hotline offering
Torah and psychological ad-
vice for married couples,
teenagers and others.
Called the Jewish Informa-
tion Network (JIN), the
hotline will begin operation
May 25 and feature recor-
dings on such topics as
depression, teen problems,
kashrut and how and when to
choose a therapist.
Yeshiva Kol Yakov in
Monsey, N.Y., is sponsoring
the project, which is the
brainchild of Rabbi Jeffrey
Rubenstein. Rabbi Rubens-
tein said the recordings are
not meant to serve as com-
plete psychological care, but
"to show that answers to pro-
blems exist within Judaism:"
In conjunction with the
JIN, Rabbi Rubenstein is in-
troducing a singles' hotline
for Jewish men and women
around the country.
The number for the JIN and
the singles' hotline, which
should be used with a touch-
tone phone, is (900) 463-8255.
Compiled by Elizabeth
Kaplan

Cows M00000ve
To Bulgaria

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Israel
recently sent 200 select calves
to Bulgaria to help beef up
the quality of the Eastern
European country's herd of
dairy cattle.

Israeli cow:
But does he have a visa?

The export of calves is the
product of an agreement bet-
ween the veterinary services
of Israel and Bulgaria, struck
after Bulgarian specialists
decided Israeli milk cows are
superior both in production
and resistance to disease.

JNF Dedicates
Fire Engines

Jerusalem (JTA) — The
Jewish National Fund has for
the first time added 10 new
fire engines to its fire brigade.
The engines, each of which
costs $125,000, are part of an
effort by the JNF, together
with the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's forestry service,
to upgrade communications
between JNF watchtowers
and its fire-fighting methods.

anion Shulevitz be-
lieves women have
made the rabbinate
more caring and concerned.
"There is more sensitivity,"
says Shulevitz, a former
Detroiter who is one of eight
women who will be ordained
Conservative rabbis next
week.
With Thursday's gradua-
tion.ceremonies in New York,
16 women will hold the title
of rabbi from the Conser-
vative school. Of the previous
eight, three have held pulpit
positions: Amy Eilberg in
Philadelphia, Tova August in
Florida and Deborah Cantor
in Brooklyn. Five others have
held chaplaincy or college
Hillel positions.
"There is a role beyond
pulpit positions. A number of
the women rabbinical
students are in their 40s and
50s; there is even one in her
60s. Most will not take
pulpits for many of the same
reasons that I won't. But the
younger women are looking
for and taking pulpits?'
Shulevitz will seek a posi-
tion in counseling or hospital
chaplaincy. _
"I'm a young 56, but I don't
want to work eight days a
week like most pulpit rabbis
do," she says. "I'd like to take
it a trifle easier than that.
"I'm not sure my husband

would like the role of rabbi's
spouse either. We're now settl-
ed in New YOrk and I wouldn't
want to move again."
Shulevitz has taken the -
long route to ordination. She
raised three children, was ac-
tive in congregations in
Miami and San Juan, then
won the support of her hus-
band who moved his business
to New York so she could pur-
sue Jewish studies. Shulevitz
earned her master's in 1984
at JTS.
A product of Detroit's Con-
gregation Shaarey Zedek,
Shulevitz credits her parents,
the late Syd and Daniel
Cullen, "for much of what
I've got. Their attitude was,
`You see something that
needs to be done, you do it? "
Her father was a member of
the board of Shaarey Zedek,
United Hebrew Schools, the
Jewish Community Center
and was a founding member
of the Probus Club.
Fellow Detroiter Marty
Pasternak is a classmate of
Shulevitz, one of 16 men who
will be ordained Thursday.
Despite their age difference,
the two have a distant connec-
tion: Marty Pasternak and
Shulevitz's son were
kindergarten classmates at
Hillel Day School.
Pasternak, son of Abe and
Geri Pasternak of Southfield,
has served as a Navy and an
AIDS chaplain during his
years at JTS. He will seek a
pulpit position on the East
Coast after ordination. 0

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS )(

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