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ii" v I n <r , «RONICLE Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community for Over 60 Years VT/At? . L 1 8ft AR'Y ', OHIO' Hi STOfl I GAL S-d-C-4*-*' 1 90.?, VELM/'.. AVE. ..;... V. ■ - ' irv_u 43211 . EXCH COL: 0, VOL.61 NO. 11 MARCH 17,1983-NISAN 3 Devoted to American and Jewish Ideals. m Beth Jacob Will Honor Max Robins Last minute preparations are underway for the Beth Jacob Brotherhood's Twenty-First Annual Concert and "Man of the Year" Award. According to ftabbi David Stavsky, "Max Robins, an outstanding attorney and devoted friend of the congregation," will receive the Man of the Year Award for his exemplary service to the Beth Jacob as a volunteer attorney. Max Hobins The featured guest artist ,for the concert will be Gantor Jeffrey" Nadel of Beth Shalom Congregation, Washington, D.C. The second artist for the evening will be Beth Jacob's Cantor Elwin Redfern. Cantor Ben Zion Weiss, a native of B'nai Brak Israel presently of Beth Jacob of Dayton, Ohio, will round out the program. Milton Arnoff, president of the Beth Jacob Brotherhood, stated that a special program book in honor of Robins will be presented to him Sunday evening. The Concert will begin promptly at 7:3(j p.m. Sunday, March 20. It is open to the public, and all friends of Robins are invited to attend. Tickets; for the concert ($5 for adults and $2.50 for students) may be obtained from any Beth Jacob Brotherhood member and at Eastmoor Pharmarcy or the Synagogue office. BBWTofete Charter Members At April 17 Affair B'nai B'rith Women, Zion Chapter charter members will be honored for their many accomplishments during the chapter's 50 years in Columbus on April 17 at the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center. A supper and special entertainment are being ■ planned. The evening will also include reminiscenseS of the "good old days." Nine Congressmen Urge Reag< To Investigate Charges That U.S. Protected Nazis At End Of WW II Pictured above is part of a group of 20 members of the Board of Rabbis of Northern California who met on Feb. 24 in front of the Soviet Consulate in San Francisco to express their outrage at the treatment of Soviet prisoner-of-conscience Anatoly Scharansky. No Easy Answer Seen For Jews In U.S.S.R. By Judith Franklin Chronicle News Editor MOSCOW—Authorities In the capital city have stepped up their campaign to institute a stricter work discipline and have conducted Impromptu raids ol homes there, during which they have demanded that residents produce their Identity papers. Listed on those papers are places of employ: ment. This stir has caused great anxiety among the refuseniks Irt Moscow as many Jews, unable to secure employment as a result of their applications Id emigrate to.lsr.ael, fear they., will bo arrested on charges of "parasitism/'' ''In the camp where I was, they had ■ a regular form of punishment: an Isolated room, where one ...solitary prisoner was kept ... The Isolation cell could-klll anyone. The hunger was terrible ..." Edward Kuzuetsov, Released Soviet Prisoner A congregation of some 20 members ol the Board of Rabbis of Northern California met Feb. 24 in front of the Soviet Consulate in San Francisco to express their outrage at the treatment of Soviet prisonorof-consclence Anatoly Scharansky. . Together, "they fasted, prayed and studied religious passages relating to the redemption of captives. Their fast, in sympathy with Scharansky, coincided with the Fast of Esther. Catholic and Protestant religious leaders and a number of prominent Blacks from throughout; the United States were among delegates from 30 countries taking part In the third international Conference on Soviet Jewry In Jerusalem March 15-17. . ' • What do these four incidents have in common? The first two represent the problem; the others efforts to help effect a solution. According to Dr. Jerry Goodman, executive director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, in Columbus recently to speak to the Israel and Overseas Jewry Task Force of the Columbus Jewish Federation and to brief Ohio State University professors at Hillel, there is no easy remedy for the situation in \yhieh Soviet Jews now find themselves, "I wish there were a button you could push," he said, that would make everything all right, but since there isn't, he advocated the "shotgun approach," trying everything possible in the hope that something might work. At the present time, Jew ish emigration from the Soviet Union is at a virtual standstill, Goodman noted, and no one seems to know why. The traditional belief, he said, is that it reflects the deterioration of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union which began in 1979 and lias worsened under the Reagan administration. 'Goodman explained * that' the Soviets, sensing that the American public was sympathetic toward the plight of the Jews, had used the issue of Jewish emigration as a • bargaining point in international summitry. Conversely, he pointed out, because no negotiations are currently in progress, there is no need for bargaining and thus, no need to allow Jewish emigration. Jews are not the only ones unable to leave the Soviet Union, Goodman noted. There is no real emigration for anybody. Instead, Soviet officials make arbitrary (He emphasized the word "arbitrary.") exceptions, allowing a few members of various ethnic groups like Greeks or Germans to "repatriate," return to their homelands, based on a principle called "family reunification." For the Jews, however, the decisions seem more arbitrary, he noted, and in addition to applying emigration restrictions, Soviet officials use the laws of the country to curtail Jewish religious activity. Circumcision is against the law as is the teaching of Hebrew. No B'nai Mitzvah have been held in a Russian synagogue in over two decades. Moreover, although two rabbis are being trained in Hungary, Goodman explained, probably because of pressure from the west, the dwindling number of rabbis in the country is not being replenished. , (CONTINUED ON PAGE 15) WASHINGTON (JTA)- Nine Congressmen have written President Reagan asking him to inaugurate a special investigation of charges that the U.S. government protected Nazi war criminals at the end of World Warll. The letter, drafted by Rep. William Lehman (D. Fla.) came after the recent allegations that U.S. agencies provided protection for former gestapo chief Klaus Barbie, who is facing trial in Lyon,. France. "We need to get to the bottom of this matter,'' Lehman' said. "These are serious allegations that cannot be ignored and the Congress and the American people have a right to know the truth." Statement By The Congressman The letter was co-signed by Reps. Phillip Burton and Don Edwards (both D. Cal.); Dante Fascell (D. Fla.); Hamilton Fish and Bill Green (both R, NY); Samuel Gejdenson (D. Conn,); Stephen Solarz (D. NY) and Sidney Yates (D. 111.). It asked that the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations carry out the inquiry because of its "unique expertise." "We believe that our government has an unmistakable moral obligation to investigate the Barbie case in order to set the record straight on any involvement of the executive branch agencies in gaining the cooperation of Nazi war criminals in exchange for admission into the U.S. or for facilitating their entry into other countries," the Congressmen wrote. They urged that "the U.S. must, once and for all, make clear What its position is on Nazi war criminals and their perpetrators." ADL To Take Action Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith announced in New York that it will file a request under the Freedom of Information Act to compel disclosure on charges that American intelligence agencies shielded; Barbie and other Nazi war criminals after the war. Nathan. Perlmutter, ADL national director, called Barbie "a Nazi skeleton in America's closet." Abraham Foxman, ADL associate national director, said the ADL wants the Only Jewish Minister In France Defeated PARIS (JTA)—-France's only Jewish minister running in nation-wide municipal elections, Culture Minister Jack Lang, was heavily defeated in Paris' predominantly Jewish Third District. Lang, a Socialist, had wooed the Jewish electorate, which seems, according to first poll studies, to have failed him. His competitor, Gaullist Jacques Dominati, known as pro-Israeli, did not specifically seem to court the district's Jewish electorate. Three Sentenced In Shooting LONDON (JTA)—Three members of a Baghdad-based Palestinian terrorist group were sentenced to 30 and 35 year prison terms in Central Criminal Court here recently for the attempted assassination of the Israeli Ambassador to Britain, Shlomo Argpv last June 3. Hassein Said, 23, a Jordanian national who fired the shots that left the 53 year-old Israeli diplomat almost totally paralyzed, and Marwan Banna, 20, also of Jordon, who drove the getaway car, were given 30 year sentences by Judge William Mars Jones. Nauoff Rosan, 36, a Iraqi citizen, described by the prosecution as the leader of the gang, received a 35 year sentence. 'Illegal Ports Of Entry'Closed TEL AVIV (JTA)—The Lebanese government is shutting down "illegal ports of entry" to end the evasion of customs duties and other regulations by Lebanese importers, it was reported from Beirut. The crackdown, officially aimed against smuggling, is also intended to slow down the import goods from Israel. Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia which is Lebanon's principal trading partner, have complained that Israel is dumping its goods into Lebanon from where they could infiltrate into other Arab countries which maintain a boycott of Israel. American government to "make public information concerning allegations that this country, after World War II, protected Nazi war " criminals, including Barbie, with false identities and new names, in return for their cooperation in providing intelligence on Soviet activities in Europe." The ADL's request for in-_ formation will be filed with the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, Defense Department and the Treasury Department. Organization Opposes Nuclear Arms Race NEW YORK (JTA)-The Synagogue Council of America has appealed to the governments of the United States and the. Soviet Union to agree to a bilateral, mutually verifiable total cessation of the manufacture and deployment of nuclear weapons. In a recently adopted statement, the Council also called on President Reagan and Congress to press vigorously to achieve "effective non-proliferation treaties and to stop the transfer of nuclear arms technology to other nations." Rabbi Walter Wurzburger, president of the Synagogue Council, stressed that this statement was not meant to imply an endorsement of numerous proposals for a nuclear freeze. Various Jewish organizations, both religious and secular, have made statements in recent years calling for a bilateral halt of nuclear arms technology, but the Synagogue Council's statement is the first nationwide unified declaration on . the issue from the major rabbinical and congregational organizations. Wurtzburger said the Council's statement will enable the organization "to marshall its resources and to mobilize the Jewish religious community in an effort to prevent mankind from drifting into a nuclear holocaust." Rabbi Irwin Groner of Southfield, Mich., chairman of the Council's domestic affairs committee, said that the "unanimous declaration puts the Jewish community on record as being deeply committed to joining all responsible efforts to avert the threat of nuclear • war."
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1983-03-17|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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