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August 21, 1992 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-08-21

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who are refuseniks," she
said. They are being held
"for security reasons, be-
, cause they are Jews, because
they want to make an exam-
• ple of someone. Who knows
The Soviet Jewry Prisoner
Information Center will
publicize their plight
through twinnings and polit-
ical pressure. "We want to
make people aware that the
problem hasn't gone away"
with the immigration of
many Soviet Jews to Israel,
Mrs. Sharfman said.
Detroiters who want to
twin b'nai mitzvah with
• Soviet families can receive
names from the Chicago Ac-
( , tion for Soviet Jewry. The
twinning program sponsored
by the Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan
Detroit ended several years
"We really have not had
any requests over the last
few years," said Jeannie
Weiner, president of the JC-
Council. "As people were
trying to make contact with
the names we had at the
• time, they found that the
Soviet families were prepar-
ing to leave or had already
j. left. It was very frus-
The JCCouncil has placed
its efforts toward helping the
• revitalization of the Jewish
community in Minsk,
Detroit's sister city. It has
created a Buy-A-Brick cam-
opaign, seeking $2 contribu-
tions to help fund education
and camping programs.
Mrs. Sharfman supports
the Council's efforts.
- "Anything done to help
Soviet Jews is good. The em-
cphasis in the Jewish com-
munity in recent years has
- been on absorption of the
Soviet emigres, and that is
very important. But we can't
forget about those being held
against their will."
Mitchel Katz and Eric
Feldman have not forgotten.
The boys chose to twin as
their bar mitzvah project re-
quired by Shaarey Zedek.
They hope to contact their
twins by telephone before
their ceremony. They also
will have postcards avail-
- able at the synagogue
and at their parties, ad-
dressed to Russian premier
Boris Yeltsin, to protest the
• treatment of Jews in Russia.
For information on the
'Soviet Jewry Prisoner In-
formation Center, call Rae
Sharfman, 851-6032. For
twinning information, call
Chicago Action, (708) 433-
r 0144. To become involved in
the Buy-A-Brick campaign,
call the Jewish Community
j Council, 642-5393.


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