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March 24, 1995 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-03-24

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RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER

Shaliach Jeff Kaye spoke in church on
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ongregants at a small

church in Macomb Town-
ship consider it their God-
given mission to help
Jews return to the Promised
Land.
Last Sunday, 250 Christians
gathered for worship at North-
side Assembly of God where, in
one morning, they raised more
than $3,300 for the Operation
Exodus campaign.
Although it officially ended
last spring, the Exodus cam-
paign continues to attract con-
tributions from people who want
to help Jews from the former So-
viet Union establish a new, freer,
safer life in Israel.
Operated through the United
Jewish Appeal, Jewish Agency
for Israel and individual Jewish
communities worldwide, the Ex-
odus campaign has enabled
more than 500,000 Jews to make
aliyah since the late 1980s. In
addition to Jews from the former
Soviet Union, monies from con-
current campaigns helped re-
settle in Israel more than 25,000
Jews from Ethiopia, 1,000 from
Yugoslavia and hundreds from
Yemen and Syria.
Congregants of the Northside
Assembly of God, northeast of
Utica, believe this quest should
be one that crosses religious
boundaries.
"Our very salvation is owed to
the people of Israel," said Asso-
ciate Pastor Gary Fifield. "In our
little way, we were trying to do
something."
To prepare for the occasion,
the church purchased an Israeli

flag, which will stand in
the chapel permanently be-
side a U.S. and a Christian
flag.
The congregants have
learned from their senior
pastor, Dr. Garfield Judkins,
about passages in the Old
and New Testaments call-
ing for the return ofJews to
Israel. Pastors Judkins and
Fifield teach that with the
return ofJews to Israel will
come the return of the
Christian messiah.
"We see it as very signif-
icant that Israel has been
made a nation again," Pas-
tor Fifield said. "God was in-
volved in that, and God is
involved in bringing Jews
from around the world to Is-
rael. So, in a small way, we
feel we are helping in God's
purpose."
Northside Assembly of
God invited Jeff Kaye to
speak on behalf of the Jew-
ish community. Mr. Kaye is the
shaliach (Israel emissary) who
heads the office of metro De-
troit's Michigan-Israel Connec-
tion. To the congregants at
church on Sunday morning, Mr.
Kaye described Israel, where he
lived for 14 years, and he de-
tailed his 1980 trip to the Sovi-
et Union.

"Our salvation
is owed to the
people of Israel."

— Associate Pastor Gary Fifield

At that time, Israelis were
barred from entry, but Mr.
Kaye had a British passport.
He toured the Communist
nation, familiarized himself
with oppressed Jewish commu-
nities and even attended
an underground Chanukah
party.
"Had anyone told me then
that the Iron Curtain would fall,
I wouldn't have believed it," Mr.
Kaye said.
At Northside Assembly of
God, people have heard of the
hardships that befell — and con-
tinue to befall — Jews in the for-
mer Soviet Union. Pastor Fifield
said it was all the more reason
to contribute.
"We felt," he said, "we were
doing it in the honor of the
Lord." El

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