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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-05-07

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t6 IYAR 5753/MAY 7, 1993

Who Is A Jew?

lines it constitutes a Jewish fami-
This policy of offering assistance
to gentile family members is one
of "inclusion, not exclusion," ex-
plains BIAS Director of Overseas
Operations Dail Stolow. When
HIAS plans resettlement efforts,
no questions are asked about
which refugee family members are
least 146 non-Jewish refugees in Jewish; no questions are asked
about the gentiles' interest in iden-
this area alone.
The issue begins with one's un- tifying with the Jewish communi-
derstanding of "a Jewish family." ty. "We're not looking to separate
As defined by
HIAS, the He-
brew Immigrant
Aid Society, it is
a group of per-
sons, related by
blood or mar-
riage, living un-
der one roof. Only
one member of
such a family
need be Jewish.
For example,
David, a Jew, is
to Soviet Immigrants a rrive in Israel.
Ludmilla, a gentile. In Moscow, families."
The former Soviet Union did not
David and Ludmilla shared an
a policy for defining Jewish
apartment with Ludmilla's par-
but it certainly had no
ents, her sister and brother-in-law.
Even though only one member of hesitation about labeling some-
this six-person household is
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Jewish, according to BIAS guide- REFUGEES

Each year, the Jewish community helps resettle hundreds of
Russian immigrants — none of whom is Jewish.


hen Russian Jews come as
refugees to the United States,
they usually have with them bit-
ter memories of persecution, sev-
eral suitcases and dreams of
More often than not, they also
are accompanied by gentiles.
The gentiles are part of what
Jewish social service agencies la-
bel a "Jewish family." And they
account for a considerable num-
ber of Russian refugees being set-
tled in the United States and
eligible for apartment subsidies,
help finding a job and English
lessons — all thanks to the fi-
nancial support of the American
Jewish community.
Last fiscal year, which began
June 1 and ended May 30,
Resettlement Service of Detroit
handled 487 cases. Of these, about
40 percent were Jewish-Jewish
marriages. The rest were Jewish-
gentile couples, accounting for at

Jewish groups see school
prayer as tip of iceberg.

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A Senate tiff on comparing
abortion and the`Holocaust.

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dle Age

On their 45th anniversary,
Israelis want a "normal" life.

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Calling Professionals

Some pros volunteer
to help the Israelis.

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