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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-11-10

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750 Soviet refugees are ex-
pected to come to Detroit. Of
that, JVS expects to see
about 400 adults who seek
In both 1987 and 1988,
JVS served a total of 64
refugees, Nurenberg said.
From January through Oc-
tober, JVS has helped 143
Soviet Jews and have an-
other 22 on its waiting list.
JVS Director of Career
Development and Job
Placement Services Shirley
Schlang said, "I do think
this first influx in January
got us all very much surpris-
Because so many Soviet
Jews are coming to Detroit,
JVS is bursting at the seams
and needs all of its
Southfield building's 57,000
square feet of finished space
to expand its resettlement
programs, Nurenberg said.
Although the building has
another 7,000 square feet of
unfinished space, JVS wants
to use that as a last resort.
While a vast number of Jews
are leaving the Soviet
Union, Ascher believes that
figure may level off in part
because the United States is
beginning to limit the
number of refugees it will
In the meantime, JVS offi-
cials are trying to manage
the influx.
Schlang said to handle the
overflow the agency
expanded its English-as- a-
second-language program
this fall.
In addition to a daytime
English class at the Jimmy
Prentis Morris Jewish
Community Center in Oak
Park, Soviet refugees may
take an evening English
class at JVS in conjunction
with the Southfield Public
Schools, Schlang said. With
the nighttime courses,
Soviet refugees can continue
learning English and work
during the day.
JVS must also increase its
staff by three to handle the
larger refugee population,
Nurenberg said.
Its three job placement
specialists and one
translator are not enough to
provide the individualized
service JVS clients need to
adjust to this country and
their new jobs, she said. In
addition to teaching them
English, JVS must discover
what job skills a refugee has,
which are transferable and
what training the refugee
needs to find a job.
Ascher believes JVS can
find these new refugees jobs
because of Jewish communi-
ty help and a better local
economy than in the late
1970s when the last large

wave of Soviet Jews came to
Today, not only is the
economy better, but JVS can
enlist the help of those early
Soviet refugees who now
have successful businesses
in finding jobs for new im-
migrants, Ascher said.

Helping these refugees
means JVS needs more

To Detroit

1988: 76 Soviet Jews
Jan. - Oct. 1989: 415
October 1989: 75
Nov. 1-7: 23

Jewish Family Service

money. Ascher estimates an
additional $426,000 will
fund the expanded programs
and staff members. JVS re-
cently received a $100,000
grant from the Michigan
Department of Social Ser-
vices and has requested the
remaining money from the
Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion. 0


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from ticket revenues and by
community foundations. "But
major support, at least in the
developing years, will have to
come from individuals and
private support foundations
within the community,"
August said.
"Our community has a
wonderful record of support

James August

for activities like this that
enrich the quality of Jewish
life," said Gerson. "We're con-
fident the community will
rise to this opportunity as
Dr. Morton Plotnick, exec-
utive director of the JCC,
said JET underscores the
need for a theater arts wing
and an 800-1,000-seat

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