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May 04, 1990 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-05-04

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MAY 4, 1990 / 9 IYAR 5750




Associate Editor


arta Rosenthal and
Robert Orley are an-
ticipating a record
5,000 walkers Sunday at the
annual Solidarity Walk for
Israel and Soviet Jewry in
West Bloomfield.
Based on pre-registration
figures of 3,000-3,200, the two
walk chairmen expect a
record crowd for the 3.2 mile
stroll from the Maple-Drake
Jewish Community Center,
north on Drake Road to
Walnut Lake Road, east to
area subdivisions and Tem-
ple Israel, and then back to
the JCC for Solidarity Day
The day's activities will
mark Israel's 42nd anniver-
sary and the increasing
numbers of Soviet Jews who
are being allowed to
emigrate. The events will
begin at 10 a.m. with B'nai
B'rith Youth Organization's
AZA basketball semi-final
games at the JCC. Walk
registration will start at
10:45 a.m. in the west auxil-
iary parking lot between the
JCC and the Fleischman-
Hechtman senior housing
complex. The first 3,000 per-
sons to register will receive
Walk for Solidarity hats.
The walk itself begins at

Beginning at noon, the
JCC will host an afternoon
of activities including face
painting; crafts, such as
making Israeli flags, wind
socks, puppets and hats, for
children; a petting farm; and
writing letters to Israeli and
Soviet Jewish pen pals.
The movie Exodus will be
screened at 1 p.m. and a
children's movie will be
shown and sing-along con-
ducted. The AZA champion-
ship basketball game also
will be held at 1. At 1:45
p.m., David Hermelin will
perform a magic show in the
JCC's Shiffman Hall,
followed by the 2 p.m. per-
formance by Israel's Kol
Haver Habibi music group.
The annual Israel Quiz
Bowl will be held at 3:30 in
the DeRoy Theatre.
Students from 13 area Jew-
ish schools will participate.
Rosenthal and Orley said
the involvement of the Jew-
ish New Americans Com-
mittee and other recent
Soviet Jewish emigres in the
day's activities has been a
highlight for the planning
"They see this as a way to
give back to the commun-
ity," Rosenthal said. "They
are going to march under
their own banners, just like
the schools and the other


Pho to by Glen n T

5,000 Expected
At Solidarity Day

Youngsters led the way last year as the Walk for Solidarity got underway •

Orley said the walk
registration area and
speakers' stand in the auxil-
iary parking lot off Maple
Road will give the crowd
more time to find friends and
spread out during the walk.
"We are looking for a lot of
ruach - spirit this year," he
said. "We are expecting
groups from Flint and
Toledo, as well as suburbs
like Troy and Livonia."

Brooke Grace, chairman
with Robert Shapiro of the
non-walk activities, said
there would be no sales of
any kind during the day, ex-

During the week following
Solidarity Day, Federation
will begin telephone solicita-
tions for Operation Exodus,
the $420 million campaign
to fund the emigration of
Soviet Jews to Israel. Detroit
has pledged to raise $16.5
million for Operation Ex-
odus over the next three
On May 14, Shoshana
Cardin, chairman of the Na-
tional Conference on Soviet
Jewry, will speak at a fund-
raising meeting at the home
of Paul. Borman, 1990 Allied
Jewish Campaign chair-

cept for Israeli foods
available at the JCC.
"If I can't live in Israel,"
said Grace, "then the best
thing I can do is help people
celebrate Israel."
Sponsoring organizations
for Solidarity Day include
the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion, Jewish Community
Center, Jewish Community
Council, Young Judaea -
Hadassah, Fresh Air Soci-
ety, Yavneh Academy, B'nai
B'rith, Bar-Ilan University,
Weizmann Institute, Jewish
Parents Institute, Jewish
Experiences For Families
and The Jewish News.



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