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January 18, 1991 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-01-18

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BEYOND
PERFECTION.

The JDC Is Analyzing
Soviet Food Situation

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hen Gideon Taylor
leaves for the Soviet
Union today, he
won't be taking any Detroit
food with him. But that may
soon change.
Mr. Taylor, a special assis-
tant to the executive vice
president of the American
Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee (JDC), is making
his second trip to the USSR
in a three-week period. The
last time, in late December,
he took along 30 tons of
foodstuffs for the Jewish
community and two general
hospitals in Leningrad.
The JDC is analyzing the
shortage of food in the Soviet
Union to see how it affects
the Jewish communities.
The food distribution in Len-
ingrad helped the elderly
needy and boosted the fledgl-
ing Jewish communal organ-
ization in the city.
"The community was
galvanized into action," Mr.
Taylor said. "It had to make
up lists of needy Jews,
recruit volunteers and get
signed receipts. Each day,
seven or eight Jewish youths
would go with the delivery
vans. Those kids would
climb five, six, seven flights
of steps to deliver food
packages."
The Jewish community
targeted persons over age
65, living alone and on low
pensions, Mr. Taylor said.
Many Soviet citizens can get
food from their places of
work, which is outside the
government's new rationing
system.
"But the elderly don't
have this source, and they
may have difficulty standing
in line" with ration coupons,
only to find that the stores
have run out of the rationed
items, he said.
Mr. Taylor is going to
Moscow to analyze the situa-
tion with the local Jewish
community leadership. He
said experts believe the food
situation in major Soviet
cities will worsen during the
next 2-3 months.
"The central supply
system has broken down,"
Mr. Taylor said. "There is
food in the Soviet Union. But
the political problems and
the delivery system are fail-
ing."
He said Moscow, Len-
ingrad and other major cities
are heavily affected by food
shortages because they are in
industrial areas.

Mr. Taylor expects to
select three or four cities in
which to expand JDC food
distribution. But first he
must have extensive con-
sultations with Jewish
leaders on the scene.
"At the moment, we are
funding this from existing
JDC resources," Mr. Taylor
said.
In December, officials from
Farmer Jack - A&P were
discussing ways the major

"There is food in
the Soviet Union.
But the political
problems and the
delivery system are
failing."
Gideon Taylor

food chain and the Detroit

Jewish community could
contribute to the JDC effort.
Farmer Jack President
Paul Borman is interested
in helping. Yet Mr. Taylor
is holding off potential
donors until he assesses
pricing and distribution
from the United States,
England, Switzerland and
Israel.
"We are still looking for
the best, most effective and
cheapest routes," Mr. Taylor
said. "By early February,
we'll know better." ❑

JCCouncil
Opens Nominations

The Jewish Community
Council is accepting sugges-
tions from community
members for potential
nominees to the Council
board of directors. The elec-
tion will be held at the Coun-
cil's annual meeting in May.
Suggestions for potential
candidates should be made in
writing and submitted to
Chairman, Jewish Communi-
ty Council Nominating Com-
mittee, 163 Madison, Detroit,
Mi. 48226 by Feb. 1. Potential
candidates must be Council
delegates of good standing as
of the May election.

Local Student
Receives Degree

Jeffrey A. Freedman, of
West Bloomfield, son of Sam
and Arlene Freedman, receiv-
ed a Bachelor of Science in
Pharmacy degree from the
Massachusetts College of
Pharmacy and Allied Health
Sciences, Dec. 15, 1990.

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