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I i 1 -LIBRARY,. OHIO HISTORICAL SO<^ :1982 VEUMA AVE. od-u's. 0, 43E11 EXCH Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community for Over to Years VOL.61 NO. 24 June 16,1983-TAMMUZ5 PmrP ,»;.-!* <?' -" " .'. ' 2 • *f*f ;:3eV . * * v , j i inr*5 "■J"**.'**! v»' * i s>: L',*f*-t-'i 'A Nicaraguan Government Forces Jewish Community Into Exile i .. .-4 w :* •*^i >v« w* - w ■>™-.. ^,^*.**. ~f^'."1s4ii»A-.'~**l'~ — - :*-id ,'8<l Israel Bonds Tribute Dinner Honoring Bella Wexner To Be Held Tonight Over 400 reservations have been received for the Tribute Dinner in honor of Mrs. Harry (Bella) Wexner, which will be held this evening, June 16, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 6:30 p.m. Dinner (dietary laws will be observed) will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Ben Cowall, djnner chairwoman, stated that reservations for the;dinner are closed and ho reservations will be accepted at the door. The above photos were taken at the Parlor Meeting held on June-2 at the home of Dr.and Mrs: Richard Keastes. Bella Wexner (far left), is pictured top left with (1. tor.) Mr. and Mrs! Frank; Nutis, general chairpersons of the event, and Mrs, Ben Cowall, dinner chairwoman. In the photo top right, Wolf Blitzer, Washington correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, who was guest speaker, is shown with Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Goldberg. Among the 100 people in attendance at the Keates home (photo, bottom right, from top) were Dr. Keates, Herbert Wolman, Edwin Ellman, Margin Kopp, Mrs. Martin Kopp and Leslie Wexner. In the photo, bottom right, Mrs. Abe I. Yenkin (left) presents a seriograph of the Western Wall in Jerusalem to Mrs. Wexner and Goldberg. The Sandinist Government of Nicaragua has forced the country's entire Jewish community into exile, confiscating Jewish-owned property and taking over the synagogue in Managua, according to the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. Rabbi Morton M. Rosenthal, director of the League's Latin American Affairs Department, made the disclosure in an article prepared by him for publication in the ADL Bulletin, the agency's national publication. Rabbi Rosenthal, who last visited Nicaragua shortly before the Sandinists came to power in 1979, said the government of Nicaragua has been unresponsive to ADL appeals to end "these human rights violations" and permit the return of the Jews to their country. The forced exodus of the Nicaraguan Jewish community—-numbering about 50—took place after the Somoza regime was overthrown. Their ouster was effected, the article said, by subtle and direct threats or by forcible measures. The case of Isaac Stavi- sky, a textile engineer, who was out of the country at the time of the Sandinist victory, was cited as an example. Former Refusenik Reveals The Plight Of Soviet Jews if By Judith Franklin Chronicle News Editor The news from the Soviet Union is not good. No matter who does the talking, the story being told is one of blatant violations of human rights, maddening uncertainty and o.utright terror. "I do it because I can't not do it." Dr. Oleg Popov, a former Soviet refusenik, holder of a Ph.D. in physics from Moscow University, in an exclusive interview with the Chronicle, detailed his entanglement in Soviet hypocrisy. The nightmare began for Dr. Popov and his family, as it has for so many others, after they applied to emigrate from the U.S.S.R. in the summer of 1979 and ' ended in July, 1982, when ' they were abruptly given ten days to leave the country. In those three years, Dr. Popov related, he was branded an "enemy of the country"' for his desire to leave it, was prevented from continuing his scientific research, was subjected to repeated searches of his apartment, had his telephone disconnected, was interrogated at the infamous KGB headquarters, Lub- yanka, and given an official warning to stop his "anti-; Soviet" activities. Unable to build a case against him, the KGB finally told him to leave the-country. He thinks they simply wanted to rid themselves of a nuisance. Why would anyone risk placing himself and his family in this dangerous situation? Dr. Popov, a member of the tiny Moscow Amnesty International human rights group, feels it is a question of morality, of conscience. "Soviet anti-Semitism is founded on an attempt to destroy all independent religious activity," "Many dissidents say, 'I do it because I can't not do it,' " he explained. "For me, it's shameful if I interrupt my (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) &. OT':VI. ■it'#"ltfK•-■VM^i^s^■5l^%i,* -V.&V. ','Slm'na t" m&iW Hi '*\ ■..liWW f/tii»;-=i ■'■■«..' V*;:«■ ■« i»i i \n±--■■■■■ •»<-£»•*u5-**Ji;<iii*'a<»*T, Lutherans Attack Anti-Semitism BONN (JTA)—The leadership body of the United Protestant Lutheran Church of Germany, the VELKD, issued a strong indictment of anti-Semitism at its meeting in Hannover. In appealing to the public to stand up against any form' of hatred or enmity toward Jews, the church leadership declared that the struggle against anti-Semitism included making a distinction between criticism of the policies of the Israeli government and the legitimate claim of the Jewish people for their own state within secure borders. Center Opened To Prevent Nuclear War NEW YORK (JTA)—The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncoate; Pa., has announced the opening of its Shalom Center, which it called the first Jewish resource in the world devoted to the study and public discussion of Jewish perspectives on preventing a world nuclear holocaust. A spokesperson told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the Shalom Center was the only such agency connected with any seminary, Christian as well as Jewish, in the United States. Stavisky, the article said, was advised that he should not return to his country "for his own safety because he and his brother-in-law were considered enemies of the revolution." The' president of the Nicaraguan Jewish community, Abraham" Gorn, was jailed after the Sandinist victory. "Gorn," Rabbi Rosenthal wrote, "who was then 70 years old, was falsely accused of stealing land and was forced to sweep streets during the two weeks of his confinement." Six months later, he went on, Sandinists summarily ousted him from his factory and took it over. The Sandinists told factory workers to threaten to bomb his car if he returned. Gorn was quoted as saying that Carlos Arguello, currently Minister of Justice, confiscated his bank account and "then kicked me out of my home." Despite the departure of the Jewish community, Rabbi Rosenthal said, anti- Semitism still exists in the country. In July, 1982, he said that a Managua newspaper, Nuevo Diario, which often reflects government policy, published articles that were filled with virulent anti-Semitic statements such as a reference to "synagogues of Satan." The Sandinists have also converted the synagogue in Managua into a children's social club, covering exterior Stars of David with propaganda posters and adorning the inside walls with anti-Zionist propaganda. Nicaraguan Jews, according to the article, cite the long and close relationship between-the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Sandinists as a source of their problems. The article described how the P.L.O. has provided weapons, training, money and even fighting men for the Sandinist battle against the Somoza regime. It quotes Jorge Mandi, a Sandinist spokesman, in an interview in a Kuwaiti newspaper inv 1979, as declaring that Athens City Council Adopts Refusenik Family Athens City Council "adopted" a Soviet "refusenik" family at its June 6 meeting. Supporters of Vladimir and Karmella Raiz and their sons, Moshe and Saul, hope this action will help the Jewish family from Vilnius, Lithuania—occupied by the Russians in World War H—win their struggle to emi grate. Ohio University Hearing and Speech Professor Norman B, Garber met the Raiz family on a trip to the Soviet Union in 1978. He and the O.U, Hillel Foundation have been working on their behalf ever since. On May 9, Athens City Council gave preliminary endorsement to, a resolution "adopting" the Raiz family. The National Conference on Soviet Jewry, an umbrella organization working for emigration of Russian Jews, is expected to send council a letter backing the resolution and urging its passage. . Garber explained that the family first applied for emi- (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) "there is a long standing blood unity between us and the Palestine revolution," and recalling that Sandinist troops fought alongside the P.L.O. in Jordan during the Black September battles. Nicaraguan Jews, according to the ADL Bulletin piece, claim that because of the close P.O.O.-Sandinist relationship, Nicaraguans of Arab descent have been able to remain in the country, continuing business activities similar to those engaged in by the departed Jews who went to the United States, Israel or other Central American countries. The article states that ADL has sought to alleviate the plight of Nicaraguan Jews in ongoing discussions with Nicaraguan diplomats for two years- In New York in 1981, the League brought the problems to the attention of. Nicaragua's Foreign Minister, Miguel d'Escoto, who* promised to investigate the complaints. Subsequently, Nicaraguan officials promised to review confiscation cases but have not yet delivered any response, nor have they responded to ADL requests to state the conditions under which Jews could return to their country. Noting that Minister of ' . (CONTINUED ON PAGE 9) Musical To End Popcorn Players '82-83 Season Popcorn Players, children's repertory theatre of the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center, 1125 College Ave., is presenting its last play of the season, Hans Christian Andersen. This, musical opens this Sunday, June 19, at 1:30 and 3 p.m. and will run Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Hans Christian Andersen, which is being directed by Steven Anderson of the Center's children's department, is-a series of four plays: The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, The Red Shoes and The Emperor's New Clothes. Cast members, who play many parts in the four stories, are Michael Bailey, Karen Miller, Carlton Smith and Patricia Wallace. Tickets for the .performances are $2.50 for Center members and $3 for non- members and may be purchased at the Center. For more information, call the Cultural Arts Department at 231-2731. \.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1983-06-16|
|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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