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May 31, 1991 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-05-31

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Brownie Troop Greets
Soviet Jewish Emigres

AMY J. MEHLER

Staff Writer

W

hen Alla and
Roman Polevoy saw
their new apart-
ment for the first time, they
were amazed to find it full of
furniture, cookware, food
and even toys.
It looked as if a band of
tiny elves had been up to one
of their nocturnal tricks. But
it was only a bunch of 7-and-
8-year-old Brownies.
Patty Rosenfeld's Brownie
troop in West Bloomfield
sold $400 worth of Girl Scout
cookies this spring and sur-
prised the Polevoys with
brand new sheets, pillow
cases, pots and pans, dishes
and clothes.
The Polevoys, who are
from Kishinev, arrived in
Michigan last Wednesday.
They had no relatives or
friends in Detroit, so the
Jewish community spon-
sored them.
"They were clearly touch-
ed and very happy," said

It looked as if a
band of tiny elves
had been up to one
of their nocturnal
tricks.

Emma Berman, a reset-
tlement counselor with Jew-
ish Family Service. "Ludmila,
5, and Rimma, 3, saw the
banner the Brownies had
made and promised to keep it
forever!'
Mrs. Rosenfeld, who's the
leader of Brownie Troop
1082, said her troop works
on two service projects every
year.
"We sent Valentine's Day
cards to the troops in the
Persian Gulf for our first
service project," said Mrs.
Rosenfeld, whose daughter,
Sara, belongs to the troop.
"So we were looking for
something different this
time."
Mrs. Rosenfeld said she
called Sandy Hyman, direc-
tor of Resettlement Service,
and she put her in touch
with Mrs. Berman.
Mrs. Berman, who moved
from Kishinev 13 1/2 years
ago, was expecting the
Polevoys any day. She told
Mrs. Rosenfeld how the
Brownies could help.
Mrs. Rosenfeld said the
troop, which has 18 mem-
bers, decided to spend $250
on the Polevoys and donate
the remainder of the money

to the Make a Wish Founda-
tion.
Sara, who's in the second
grade at Lone Pine Elemen-
tary School, sold 125 boxes of
candy to raise her share of
the money. Last year, she
sold about 200 boxes at $2.50
each.
"It was neat deciding what
to buy them," Sara said. "I
even gave their girls two of
my teddy bears."
Sherri Berger, 8, helped
make the Welcome Home
banner and hung it in the
Polevoy's Southfield apart-
ment.
"We even put all of our
pictures on it," said Sherri, a
second-grader at Lone Pine
Elementary.
Mrs. Rosenfeld said the
girls were careful not to em-
barrass the Polevoys. "It's
always difficult to start over
in a new community, and we
just wanted them to feel
welcome and wanted," she
said.
JVS' Mrs. Berman, who
left the Soviet Union with
her husband, said when
you're escaping anti-
Semitism and repression,
you're willing to move
anywhere.
"My family always tried to
live in the Jewish areas of
the city," Mrs. Berman said.
"We also tried to observe as
many of the Jewish holidays
as we could. We can do this
freely now, and hopefully, so
will the Polevoys."

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Free Speech Topic
For AJCommittee

"When Does My Right to
Free Speech Impinge on Your
Right to be Protected from
Bigotry" is the program title
for this year's AJCommittee
annual meeting 7:30 p.m.
June 13 at Temple Israel.
The moderator will be
Judge Helene White, Wayne
County Circuit Court, and
panelists will include Robert
Sedler, WSU Law School;
David Roth, director of the In-
stitute for American
Pluralism; Judge Marilyn
Kelly, Michigan Court of Ap-
peals; Robert Willis, past
president, NAACP-South
Oakland County Branch; and
Dr. Mark Finkelstein, ex-
ecutive director of B'nai
B'rith Hillel Foundation at
Michigan State University.
The annual meeting is open
to the community.
There is a charge. For infor-
mation, call Harriet Alpern,
or Sharona Shapiro,
965-3353.

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