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May 15, 1992 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-05-15

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DETROIT

New Jewish Agenda
Takes On The Far Right

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esisting right-wing
political agendas and
building coalitions
are the themes of this
weekend's New Jewish
Agenda Midwest Regional
Retreat in Aim Arbor.
"We need a government to
take care of the people by the
people," said Ken
Wachsberger, New Jewish
Agenda member. "I'd like to
see this country go back to
some of the ideas of the poets
and visionaries of the
1960s."
The third annual retreat,
held at the Michigan Union
building, begins today and
ends Sunday. The conference
includes workshops on or-
ganizing black-Jewish coali-
tions, multi-ethnic coali-
tions, and a religious coali-
tion for abortion rights.
Lev Raphael, author of
Dancing On Tisha B'Av, is
presenting "Can We Be
Allies?: A Gay and Non-Gay
Dialogue," and Jerome
Segal, founder of the Jewish
Peace Lobby, is speaking on
the "Middle East Peace Pro-
cess and American Policy."
Mr. Wachsberger, a pro-
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University, believes the po-
litical policies of the last••
decade, having to do with
reproductive rights, AIDS, .4
and in particular Arab-
Jewish relations, have cre-
ated a serious threat to this
country's well-being.
"To me, the 1960s was a,
magical period," he said. "It
was a time in which a time
warp opened up and those
who stepped in saw a new vi- 4
sion."
Mr. Wachsberger, who
gives today's opening ad-..4
dress, "Resisting the Agen-
da of the Far Right," said. 4
Americans need to relearn

what it means to share.
According to Judith Seid,
another member of New -1
Jewish Agenda, the new vi-.4
sion includes an end to re-
ligious fundamentalism and 4
repression.
"The New Jewish Agenda I
is really the old Jewish .4
agenda," Ms. Seid said. "We
believe in a two-state
tion to the conflict in the
Middle East. We believe in
an end to government intru-
sion into personal matters, -I
an end to the destruction of
the labor movement in this
country, and an end to the
ever-eroding wall between
church and state." ❑

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ADL Will Honor
Christian Rescuers

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Two Christian rescuers of a
Russian Jew, who narrowly
escaped death at the hands of
the Nazis in 1941, will be
honored at a program to be
held 7:45 p.m. June 1 at the
Maple-Drake Jewish Com-
munity Center.
The program is sponsored
by the Jewish Foundation for
Christian Rescuers of the
Anti-Defamation League. The
foundation provides monthly
grants to over 700 Christian
rescuers in 13 countries as
well as sponsoring programs
and seminars to honor them.
The honorees are the late
Alexander Ciechanowitz and
his sister Stanislava
Chiechanowiz. Alexander's
award will be accepted by his
widow, Stefano Ciechanowiz.
Both women are residents of
London, Ontario.
In November 1941, Marat
Zaltzman, along with hun-
dreds of other Jews in the
Minsk ghetto, were marched
into the woods by the Nazis to
be murdered. The bullets on-
ly grazed Zaltzman, who was

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mistaken for dead. He es- '4
caped into the surrounding
forest and eventually came 4
upon the Ciechanowiz farm.
The family hid and protected
him for four years, risking .4
death if caught.
The featured speaker for . ■ 4
the program is Irene Opdyke,
a Christian rescuer of Jews 4
during World War II.
The program will be preced-
ed at 7 p.m. by a docent-led .4
tour of the photographic ex-
hibit, "Day in the Warsaw _4
Ghetto: A Birthday Trip in
Hell."
4
There is a charge. For infor-
mation, call ADL, 355-3730.

Beth El Sets
Memorial Service

Memorial Day services will
be held at Beth El Memorial
Park 11 a.m. May 25. Rabbi
Julian Cook of Temple Beth
El will conduct the services.
Rabbi Richard Hertz, rabbi 1"4
emeritus, will speak on "Liv-
ing Forever."

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