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November 30, 1990 - Image 78

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classical music.
"And even if you wanted,"
Mrs. Shaykhet adds, "in
Russia you couldn't buy a
Jewish songbook — not
available. So you could learn
from your grandfather and
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Mrs. Shaykhet realized as
an adolescent that she would
make music her career. But
she hoped to expand upon the
mere glimpses of the Jewish
musical tradition she ex-
perienced in her youth.
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like to be in a synagogue
situation," she says.
After her formal training in
r-
Moscow, Mrs. Shaykhet held
a government job in the
Soviet Union as a music
theory instructor. She taught
at one of the many neighbor-
hood schools affiliated with
the University of Moscow
School of Music. "Every
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Today she teaches Sunday
school students at Temple
Israel the music of various
blessings and holidays. After
learning Hebrew, she began
teaching at the temple
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and provides instruction to
those who chant their Haf-
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Mrs. Shaykhet prepares for services.

but some just like to sing.
Many children and parents
feel strongly that it's an im-
portant part of our Jewish
tradition. This is how a Jew
chanted hundreds and hun-
dreds of years ago. So I think
everything comes in circles.
This tradition is coming back
and it becomes very popular."
Mrs. Shaykhet admits that
the process of exiting her
birthplace was easier for her
than for other refuseniks. It
took 7 1/2 months for Mrs.
Shaykhet and her husband
Lee, then an automotive
engineer, to be released from
the Soviet Union. "It wasn't
really as bad for us as it
would be for some of the other
refuseniks. My husband and
I were not involved in
military secrets. I feel very
fortunate. I happened to be at
the right place at the right
time. By God's grace is how it
happened."
But Mrs. Shaykhet suspects
that a little luck also helped.
"There is no logic behind
their system of giving permis-
sion to leave. Maybe it was a
lucky day and the emigration
officer had a good lunch that
day and he decided, 'Let them
go.'
Mrs. Shaykhet became an
American citizen in 1983. She
says her transition from
Soviet to American life was
not difficult. She studied
English before leaving the
Soviet Union. In Detroit, she

and her husband quickly
developed a network of
friends that helped them to
acclimate.
Mrs. Shaykhet believes the
transition is often much more
difficult for others. For this
reason, she accepted an addi-
tional assignment with Tem-
ple Israel as an adult educa-
tion teacher for incoming
Soviet emigres. "I can give
back something to these peo-
ple. I consider myself very
lucky. Somebody helped me
when I came here and gave

The process will
soon become
easier for her
students who will
begin using a
computer package
to learn the chant.

me an opportunity to learn.
So I now would like to help
teach those new people."
Last year, she participated
in a Family-To-Family
Chanukah workshop for near-
ly 400 emigres. She explain-
ed the meaning of the holiday,
acted as a translator and per-
formed Chanukah songs with
Cantor Orbach.
The cantor says that Mrs.
Shaykhet is more than just a
translator. Once Soviet Jews

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