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August 26, 1994 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-08-26

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RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER

ife as a Russian emigre can
be a roller-coaster ride.
Just ask Anna Sobolev,
15, who had a blast Aug. 1.4
on the Blue Streak at Cedar
Point Amusement Park in San-
dusky, Ohio.
Anna spent the day twisting
and roaring through man-made
caves, twirling over mountains of

ish Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit.
"It was really an effort to have
a fun activity both for new ar-
rivals to the United States and
those who've been here for a few
years," said Ellie Slovis of JEFF.
"We also wanted it to serve as a
catalyst for creating a BBYO
chapter for New Americans."

Left: New arrivals splash at
Cedar Point.

Below: Yuriy Gavrilenko,
Dima Tolkachiyer and
Vadim Sulla stop for a
breath.

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ing context where peers
share their background and lan-
guage.
The group will aim to eventu-
ally cosponsor events with oth-
er chapters, Ms. Slovis said.
JEFF is looking for adult vol-
unteer advisers to work along
with its staff and youth-
groupers. Ms. Slovis says the ad-
visers do not have to speak
Russian, but they should be com-
mitted to fostering teen leader-
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"I think it's a great opportu-
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steel girders and plummeting
down Demon Drop, a 10-story
tower for the fearless.
More than 40 of her New
American peers were equally in-
trepid. Under sunny Sunday
skies, they scoured the park for
breath-taking, stomach-lurching
thrills. Some tried their luck at
the carnival games.
"I won the pink bear," Anna
said. "It was a lot of fun, but when
I first saw the Demon Drop, I
thought I was going to die.
Friends dragged me on it."
The Cedar Point excursion
marked the first major function
of B'nai B'rith Youth Group Or-
ganization's chapter for teen-
agers from the former Soviet
Union. Sponsored by Jewish Ex
periences For Families, the trip
was largely funded by the Jew-

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Anna thinks the youth group
Although teen-agers from the
former Soviet Union have ex- is a good idea because "when my
pressed interest in BBYO and family came to America, I didn't
other youth groups, many do know a lot of people." ❑
not yet feel comfortable in the
If you are interested in vol.-
mainstream, Ms. Slovis said.
up ad-
By starting a chapter specifical-
.
ly for the young immigrant
oin the
population, JEFF and BBYO
6 Slovis
hope to introduce Russian
tele: (810)
teens to Jewish social and reli-
gious scenes in a non-threaten-

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R

ichard Alexander teaches

a 10th-grade confirmation
class at Temple Emanuel
in Grand Rapids — a city
where he describes a Jewish
neighborhood as a place where
two Jewish families live on the
same block.
Teaching in a small Jewish

community brings about issues munities who attended the Aug.
much different than those faced 14-19 Conference on Alternatives
by educators in the Detroit area. in Jewish Education in Bloom-
Class sizes can be counted on one ington, Ind., said the conference
hand, fewer financial resources gave them the opportunity to
are available and finding teach- meet with others in similar situ-
ations.
ers can be difficult.
"It's (CAJE) a link to the out-
Mr. Alexander, and other ed-
ucators from small Jewish corn- side world," said Emily Bank, ed-

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