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April 27, 1990 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-04-27

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officer in the army, married
a sabra and settled on a farm
in the center of the country.
Krizelman arrived with
romantic notions fanned by
the Six Day War, and an in-
tense desire to transform
himself into a real Israeli.
"I love living here," he
said. "It's almost embarrass-
ing how happy I am. Here I
feel like I'm part of some-
thing important. I'm more
cognizant of negative things
than I was when I came, but
to tell the truth, I'm still
very romantic about this
place. It's always exciting
here; it really is."
In recent years, a new kind
of American immigration
has been taking place. "At
least half of the olim who ar-
rive these days are Or-
thodox ," said Olga
Rachmilevitch, while others
put the percentage as high
as 80 percent. "They tend to
be married couples with
small children, and they pre-
fer to settle in cities, or in
observant communities in
the West Bank."
Many of these Orthodox
Jews are motivated by re-
ligious Zionism and by the
biblical mandate to live in
In marked contrast to
Haim Sanderson's genera-
tion, only four percent of
newcomers move to kibbut-
zim. Unlike Krizelman, few
will serve in the army long
enough to become officers.
"These are mostly people
who don't want to change
the world, or change their
identities," said
Rachmilevitch. "They know
about Israel, many have
family here already, and
they basically just want to
live Jewish lives."
"Being religious, this is a
great place to bring up
kids," said Riva Friedman, a
computer programer who
moved to Israel from New
Jersey with her husband,
Alan, and their four chil-
dren, in 1988. Like many
young Orthodox families,
the Friedmans are building
a home in the West Bank
settlement of Karnai
Shomron. "Mostly we're
moving there because it's
comfortable and practical,"
says Friedman, "although
obviously we don't have an
ideological problem with it."
The Friedmans have been
in Israel for a year and a
half, but they seem not to be
suffering from stage four
disillusionment. "There are
things here that take getting
used to," Friedman said.
"But this is where we
belong. And we feel comfor-
table here. So far, you could
call us satisfied customers."

For the satisfied
customers, people who have
made a successful adjust-
ment to Israel, there is a
sense of accomplishment,
and a certain impatience
with drop-outs.
"Very often, people have
problems in their own lives,
and blame them on Israel
when things go bad for
them," said Naomi Raz.
"They complain about bad
manners, bureaucracy, the
job market, but they're real-
ly just finding an excuse for
their own inability to take
responsibility for their
Haim Sanderson puts it
more simply: "The guys who
didn't make it here are
schlemiels," he said. "Most
of them didn't make it in
America, either." ❑

Israelis Demand
Election Reform

Tel Aviv (JTA) — More
than 100,000 Israelis made
clear their disgust with cur-
rent politics and disdain for
the politicians at a giant ral-
ly for electoral reform in Tel
Aviv last week.
Between 100,000 and a
quarter-million people filled
Malchei Yisrael Square out-
side City Hall and overflow-
ed into side streets, to hear
speaker after speaker con-
demn the way the Knesset is
chosen and to propose
They carried banners ad-
dressed to Knesset leaders
and members reading,
"We're Fed Up With You"
and "You're All Corrupt."
According to one police of-
ficial, it was the largest
public gathering in Israel's
history, surpassing the
Peace Now rally of 1982
against the Lebanon war.
That was supposed to have
brought out 400,000, a fig-
ure admitted later to have
been exaggerated. The police
therefore no longer issue of-
ficial crowd estimates.
The only hint of partisan
dissent was the relative
absence of kipot, indicating
that the protesters were
mainly secular.

Israel Launches
2nd Satellite

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Israel
successfully launched its se-
cond space satellite earlier
this month.
Ofek 2, built by Israel Air-
craft Industries, soared into
orbit at 3 p.m. local time. It
will circle the earth at an
altitude somewhat under
125 miles, for an expected
two-month stay in space.

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