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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-01-15

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Celebrating 50 years of growth with the Detroit Jewish Community


22 TEVET 5753/JANUARY 15, 1993

Tragedy Strikes Emigres

(\, The Jewish communities of Detroit and Orlando cooperate

to assist the survivors of a fatal accident.


dam Shpolyansky, 4, wears a Bart
Simpson T-shirt as he quietly
plays on the couch in his Southfield
home. His eyes are brown and
wide open. They focus downward
when he hears his grandmother,
Reva Shpolyansky, crying in the
adjoining room.
The young boy's winter vacation
turned into a tragedy last week
when his mother, sister, and two
friends were killed in an accident
on Florida Highway 27.
Semyon and Antik Kushelman,
immigrants well-known for help-
ing other Russians adjust to a new
way of life in America, died when
the driver of the van they were
traveling in lost control. The van
overturned several times and all
six passengers were thrown from
the vehicle.
The Kushelmans, who immi-
grated to Detroit in 1979, were
traveling with the Shpolyanskys,
a family of four who settled three
years ago in the United States.
Reva Shpolyansky survived last

reacting to such a tragedy will tip
the balance of meanness that
seems to pervade our world today,"
said Diane Brown of the JFS in
Sandra Hyman, director of
Detroit's JFS's Resettlement
Service, contacted Mrs. Brown,
who coordinates a similar program
in Orlando. Mrs. Brown immedi-
ately called Temple Israel in
Sebring, Fla., where the accident
Though Mrs. Brown hoped to

week's accident. Her daughter,
Anna, and 6-year-old grand-
daughter, Elina, died instantly.
Adam was treated at Arnold
Palmer Women's
and Children's
Hospital in Or-
lando, where he
was airlifted after
the accident in
Sebring, Fla. He
was discharged
Sunday in stable
condition and has
returned home,
where his young
friends visit with Semyon and Antik Ku shelman and two others were killed.
their parents. The staff at the locate a translator for Reva, she
Jewish Family Service in Detroit worried the feat would prove near-
heard about the accident last ly impossible. Sebring is a small
Wednesday and worked with the vacation town with an even small-
JFS in Orlando to assist the sur- er Jewish population.
vivors, who barely speak English.
But Leo Rosenbaum, a retiree
"If there exist in this world there, heard about the accident.
scales of justice, perhaps the Though his Russian is rusty, he
mitzvot performed and the kind- volunteered to help. Mr.Rosen-
ness shared by so many strangers ACCI DENT page 22


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"Involvement in the peace process
takes considerable energy," says
former national security adviser
William Quandt. "It is difficult,
controversial and time consuming.
The single biggest decision they have
to make is deciding where on their list
of priorities the Mideast peace
process fits. That decision will deter-
mine what signals they send out in
the opening days of the administra-
tion." Some hints of how the Clinton
team is leaning came at two meetings
last week between leaders of the
Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations and
AIPAC, and the top members of the
Clinton foreign policy team.

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