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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-08-03

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new congregation
that caters to the
needs of Soviet Jews
will soon open in Oak Park.
F.R.E.E. (Friends of Refu-
gees of Eastern Europe), an
affiliate of Michigan
Chabad, established the
congregation because of the
number of Soviets who have
arrived in the Detroit area,
said Rabbi Elimelech
Silberberg of Bais Chabad
Torah Center.
The unnamed congrega-
tion, the first of its kind in
Michigan, is modeled after
Russian Chabad synagogues
throughout the United
States and Canada, Rabbi
Silberberg said.
Some Soviets feel more
comfortable praying in their
native language than in
places where English is
spoken, Rabbi Silberberg
said.
"I was very impressed
with the services in
Chicago," said Rabbi
Silberberg, who recently
returned from a visit to
Chicago's Chabad syn-
agogue. "More than 200
Soviets come to services
every Shabbat. After seeing
it, I thought if they can do it
there, why can't it be done
here."
The weekly services will
be held at 10 a.m. at the
Northgate Clubhouse
beginning Aug. 18. Rabbi
Yosef Mishulovin, a native
of Moscow who immigrated
as a youngster to a Chabad
settlement in Israel, will
lead the congregation.
Services will be held in
both Russian and Hebrew,
Rabbi Silberberg said. The
prayer books are in both
languages.
Because most of the
Soviets have little knowl-
edge of Judaism, Rabbi
Mishulovin will explain por-
tions of the service in Rus-
sian.
Chabad of Michigan has
received several thousand
dollars in grants to estalish
the congregration, Rabbi
Silberberg said. Northgate
Apartments is leasing the
clubhouse to F.R.E.E. at no
charge.
According to Jewish Reset-
tlement Service figures 250
Soviets have settled in Nor-
thgate Apartments and sur-
rounding complexes. Last
year, 793 Soviets resettled in
Detroit.

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Rabbi Yosef Mishulovin

In addition to the con-
gregation, F.R.E.E., under
the direction of Rabbi
Mishulovin, will oversee
Chabad's social and educa-
tional activities within the
Soviet community.
Through F.R.E.E.'s
outreach program, begun in
the 1970s by Bina Avtzon,
Soviets are encouraged to
learn more about Judaism.
The program includes home
visitations, performing Jew-
ish weddings, distribution of

"I was very
impressed with
the services in
Chicago," said
Rabbi Silberberg.
"More than 200
Soviets come to
services every
Shabbat."

religious articles and holi-
day programs. Chabad also
provides a bicycle to those
Soviets who undergo a cir-
cumsion as part of F.R.E.E.
During recent months,
Chabad and Dovid Ben
Nuchim held a Purim
megillah reading and a
Passover seder for Soviets.
Chabad also provides an
afternoon school for immi-
grants led by Rabbi Hershel
Zaklos, the former F.R.E.E.
director.
The outreach program
does more than provide
Soviets with spiritual oppor-
tunities, Rabbi Silberberg
said.
"Job placement will be a
big part of the agenda," he
said. "Sometimes to help
them spiritually, you must
help them materially." ❑

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