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January 10, 1992 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-01-10

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I INSIDE WASHINGTON

A MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST

Question: What
is
a good teacher?
Someone who:

A.

B.

C.

D.

Makes the Jewish holidays fun?
Brings Jewish history to life?

Talks to a student who needs help?

E. Sets high goals and helps a child reach them?
Helps a student appreciate what it means to
A
be a Jew?
Answer:
of the above

If you know a teacher
he or
who fits these criteria,
she could be your candidate for the

Schochet Family

Outstanding Teacher Award*

in Recognition of Excellence in Jewish Education

Any member of the Jewish community may nominate a teacher
at a Jewish school.

• Nominations should be sent to the Schochet Award
Committee, which will notify each candidate.

• Upon notice of nomination, a candidate who wishes to
be considered for the award must submit a proposal.

• The recipient will be awarded up to $3,000 for a project
in any area of Jewish learning and teaching.

The fourth Outstanding Teacher Award will be presented in
the Spring.

Deadline for submitting the name of your candidate is
January 31, 1992.

Detailed brochures are available at all Jewish schools and from the Schochet
Award Committee, c/o The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, P.O. Box
2030, Bloomfield Hills 48303-2030, or by Fax: 642-4941, Attn: Diane Sasson.
For information, call Diane Sasson at the Jewish Federation, 642-4260, ext. 220.

*Sponsored by the Frank and Freda Schochet Fund of the United Jewish Charities,
in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

28

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1992

New Islamic
Alliance Feared

JAMES D. BESSER

Washington Correspondent

A

possible consequence
of the breakup of the
USSR — alliances
between countries like Iran
and the Islamic republics
that were formerly part of
the Soviet Union — is giving
Jewish activists in Washing-
ton a lingering migraine.
Last week, the National
Conference on Soviet Jewry
expressed its concern to the
State Department about
Yassir Arafat's swing
through the Central Asian
republics, apparently an at-
tempt to build bridges bet-
ween the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization and the
emerging Islamic nations.
"Given his (Mr. Arafat's)
background, it is certainly
likely that he is trying to in-
fluence emigration policies,"
said Martin Wenick, ex-
ecutive director of the Na-
tional Conference on Soviet
Jewry. "And again given his
background, U.S. officials
should be concerned that he
is visiting republics with
nuclear arms supplies."
One possibility of concern
to Jewish leaders here is

Yassir Arafat: Visiting republics.

that as economic conditions
in the former Soviet Union
worsen, Islamic republics
may ask wealthy Arab coun-
tries for economic aid.
"One can sketch out some
pretty unhappy theories,"
Mr. Wenick said.
"Diplomatically, this could
be a major problem."
Next week, represent-
atives of the Soviet Jewry
group plan to discuss these
concerns in a meeting with
Deputy Secretary of State
Lawrence Eagleburger.

AJC Pursues
Pacific Rim

One American Jewish
group has positioned itself to
influence the rapidly chang-
ing relationships between
the Western world and the
booming Orient.
David Harris, executive
director of the American
Jewish Committee, recently
returned from a trip to
Japan and Korea, countries
that have been the focus of
the AJC's new Pacific Rim
Institute.
The trip, said Mr. Harris,
intended to "continue our
longtime effort to create ever
deeper and wider relations
in Japan. We also want to
pursue specific strategies for
developing better relations
between Japan, Korea,
Israel and American Jews."
In both Japan and Korea,
Mr. Harris participated in
the highest level talks ever
held between government of-
ficials and representatives of
American Jewish organiza-
tions.
Mr. Harris reported that
his meetings in Japan pro-
duced some progress on
breaking the Arab economic
boycott against Israel:

"We were encouraged by
the potential for growth in
economic ties between Japan
and Israel, but realistic
about the pace at which this
will proceed. It's important
to note that Japan-Israel
trade has increased in recent
years and that there is now
some fledgling Japanese in-
vestment in Israel. But
there's clearly much room
for growth."
The Jewish delegation also
discussed direct air links
between Israel and Japan,
and the anti-Semitic books
that sell briskly in Japanese
bookstores.
In Korea, Mr. Harris and
his colleagues discussed
reopening the Israeli em-
bassy in Seoul, which Israel
closed for budgetary reasons
in 1979, and many Korean
companies' compliance with
the Arab boycott.
That problem, said Mr.
Harris, may diminish.
"Thousands of Korean
companies are sprouting,"
he said. "Many do not have
business ties with the Arab
world, and could be very at-
tractive partners..

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