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October 26, 1990 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-10-26

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Israel's Soviet Jews Are
Young And Educated


Special to The Jewish News



erusalem — A portrait
of the Soviet immi-
grant as young, ex-
tremely well educated, and
partial to Haifa and the
coastal plain is what
emerges from an Absorption
Ministry study on the 83,000
Soviet immigrants who
arrived in Israel from
January to September.
Those arriving today — a
record 18,000 arrived last
month —are heavily partial
to the strip of land between
Ashdod and Netanya. Only
10 percent of the Soviets go
into absorption centers, with
the rest fending for them-
selves on the private market
via direct absorption.
Some 52 percent of all the
immigrants opt to live in the
Central region, while 33
percent settle in the North,
eight percent in Jerusalem,
and only five percent in the
southern region. The easiest
explanation for this is that
the immigrants go where
their families and friends
are, and most of Israel's
Soviet communities are in
the country's North and
Central regions.
Government figures put
the number of immigrants
settling in the West Bank at
less than one percent.
The government would
prefer to see more immi-
grants settling in
Jerusalem, but for now,
Haifa is booming.
Russian signs and news-
papers are everywhere in
Haifa, and it is is difficult to
walk in the city without
overhearing a Russian con-
versation. The Absorption
Ministry study found that of
83,000 immigrants, nearly
14,000 went to Haifa,
followed by 9,000 to Tel
Aviv, 5,700 to Netanya, and
5,400 to Jerusalem. Other
cities with more than 3,000
new Soviet immigrants in-
clude Petah Tikva, Bat Yam,
Rishon Lezion, Rehovot, and
The overwhelmingly
secular nature of the aliyah
is evidenced by the fact that,
according to Education Min-
istry numbers, only three
percent of the immigrants
are sending their children to
State Religious schools.
For that matter, claims
Michael Kleiner, Likud head


Herb Keinon reports for the
Jerusalem Post. This article is
courtesy of the Jerusalem Post
Feature Service.

of the Knesset's Immigra-
tion and Absorption Com-
mittee, fully 34 percent of
the newcomers do not have
Jewish mothers and are not
halachically Jewish. Most of
these people are the non-
Jewish spouses of mixed
marriages, or the offspring
of Jewish fathers. But four
percent, Mr. Kleiner says,
have no Jewish blood at all
and are entering the country
using false documents.
Of the 83,000 immigrants
in the Absorption Ministry's
survey, about 15,000 are
school-aged children, and 37
percent of the immigrants
are under 25 years of age.
By comparison, there are
12,000 pensioners and 11
percent of the immigrant
population are 65 or older.
The Absorption Ministry
estimates that 54 percent
have higher academic
degrees and are profes-
sionals, that 22 percent are
administrative workers, and
21 percent are blue-collar
Of the 83,000 studied by
the ministry, nearly 48,000
hope to work in Israel; they
include 7,115 industrial
workers, 5,500 clerks,
11,500 trained engineers
and 3,168 doctors. ❑

Canadians Seek
Wording Change

Vancouver, British
Columbia (JTA) — The So-
cial Credit Party, which
governs in British Colum-
bia, voted overwhelmingly
at its recent convention to
eliminate a controversial
reference to Christianity
from its constitution.
The party's original
statement of principles and
objectives included a com-
mitment "to foster and en-
courage the universally rec-
ognized principles of Chris-
tianity in human relation-
That those principles are
hardly universal was made
clear when a Jewish dele-
gate, Michael Levy, stormed
out of last year's convention
and quit the party.
Mr. Levy had attempted to
debate the issue but was
shouted down with jeers and
This year, a party com-
mittee formed to solicit the
members' views returned
with a resolution to replace
the earlier clause with
neutral language taken from
Canada's national constitu-

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