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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-09-13

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PURELY COMMENTARY

September 1, 1991

I-

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a critically acclaimed film

Detroit Institute of Arts Film Theater
Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 P.M.

Tickets $6.00

Must be purchased in advance by calling

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1991

T

here is not a moment's
interruption in the
rescue movement by
Soviet Jews toward redemp-
tion in Israel despite the
civil war threats and their
consequences. From Israel
the message was "Welcome
Home!" Israel's housing
minister, Ariel Sharon, ad-
monished the escapees from
the land of oppression that
they are being awaited by
fellow Jews.
This is the Jewish role that
defies dangers when in sear-
ch of freedom. The reasons
for such a life-searching aim
are well known. They are
rooted in historic experi-
ences that commenced with
pogroms under czarism.
Then came the Leninist era
when communists adopted a
rule of "illegality of anti-
Semitism" and never ceased
endorsing Jew baiting. Now,
under Mikhail Gorbachev,
we have the Pamyat and
pogrom threats and the con-
tinuation of the anti-
Semitism of czarism plus
communism.
Is there any wonder that
Jews are embracing self-
rescue opportunities with
the encouragement of the
home-building temptations
in Israel?
There is now certain to be
an endless era of disputes
intermingled with hopes as
well as doubts. While the
concerns are over the
democratization of
multitudes, there will be the
ongoing debates over the
reactions involving Jews in
the Soviet spheres as well as
the emigres to Israel and the
United States. It is hoped
that fears over the frequent
reemergence of extreme an-
ti-Semitism will not mate-
rialize.
The process of the de-
veloped Soviet exodus is to
the credit of the Israel
redemptive process. A com-
pilation of the scientists
among the many thousands
settling in Israel indicates
achievements that are al-
ready enriching Israel.
A partial summary of the
attainments is called to
public attention in AIPAC's
"High-Tech Boom In Israel."
Over 40 percent of all
Soviet immigrants hold at
least one university
degree, and more than 25
percent of those degrees

are in engineering and
architecture ...
With the expected ar-
rival of nearly 200,000
scientists, engineers and
technicians over the next
three to four years, pri-
vate high-tech commer-
cial companies are surfac-
ing throughout Israel. The
first of such companies,
SATEC, was founded
nearly three years ago in
Jerusalem by a Soviet
immigrant who developed
a process of extracting
gold from industrial
waste ...
Over 4,000 families now
belong to the "Thousand
Families Association," a
self-help group whose
primary goal is to help
Soviet immigrants build

Is there any wonder
that Jews are
embracing
self-rescue
opportunities?

their own homes. The
Association, founded in
May of 1990, includes
close to 1,900 construction
specialists, artists. scien-
tists, physicians, teachers
and skilled laborers .. .
The Technion Institute
in Haifa has played a role
in starting a project to
help high-tech industries
take advantage of olim
know-how, Two new
enterprises have already
been set up.
These are not revelations
but accumulated facts, and
they arouse the wish to
make them public knowl-
edge. This is where our ap-
peal goes forth that the
media treat occurrences in
Israel in a positive fashion.
Almost without exception,
treatment of the historic
Soviet Jewish exodus was
accompanied by skepticism.
It is true that there are prob-
lems involving housing and
employment. But there is a
determined will of Israel and
the Jewish people that the
settlement of hundreds of
thousands of Soviet Jews
should be successfully real-
ized.
One special hope needs to
be expressed in relation to
the anti-communist coup in
Russia. It is not that Mr.
Gorbachev and his associ-
ates open their archives and
make known all the facts
about the criminal treat-

ment accorded to Raoul
Wallenberg. It is time for de-
cent Russian officials to
remove the secrecy of the in-
justice and inhumanity in
Russian guilt accorded to
Mr. Wallenberg. It is urgent
that the anti-Wallenberg
crime end NOW! ❑

Moshe Friedman:
Well Remembered

Moshe Friedman was un-
questionably among the
distinguished pillars in
many movements in our
community. His name,
together with his wife's,
Sarah, was among those
associated with every impor-
tant Jewish, Zionist and
human cause.
In music, literature and
Jewish education, he had
roles of leadership as sup-
porter and inspirer.
Few are on record - as hav-
ing done as much as Moshe
and Sarah Friedman to
assist in the perpetuation
and advancement of
Yiddish as a living language
and to encourage Yiddish
authors and journalists.
Moshe Friedman is a name
inseparable from great Jew-
ish and human movements;
as such, he is respected as a
pillar in our community. ❑

1

"'""1 NEWS I"'

1

Zionists Seek
Ballot Process

New York — The Labor
Zionist Coordinating Com-
mittee has called upon all of
the Zionist movements to
agree on a delegate selection
method for the forthcoming
World Zionist Congress in
June 1992.
The committee said, "The
Labor Zionist Movement has
historically been in the fore-
front of the demand for
democratic elections.
However, at this critical junc-
ture in Jewish and Zionist
history, we believe it is un-
conscionable to expend such
massive sums on direct
elections.
"It is far more urgent to ex-
pend our Zionist funds in the
rescue and absorption of hun-
dreds of thousands of im-
migrants in Israel.
"We strongly urge every
organization represented on
the Area Elections Commit-
tee of the American Zionist
Federation to join in deter-
mining an alternate delegate
selection process."

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