Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1987-12-03, page 01
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2j|j\y/ Serving Columbus and Central Ohia Jewish Community for Over 60 Years \y)AVJv i"98HAVEl!MrAvE"i3TOn,CAU 5°C^rC 43211- OOL ^ .0. EXCH VOL.65 NO.50 DECEMBERS, 1987-KISLEV 1? Devoted to American and Jewish Ideals. Sharansky Addresses Ohio Union Rally President Reagan Meets With Washington Mobilization Leaders In the Cabinet Room of the White House recently, President Reagan met with members of the Jewish community who plan to lead a demonstration Dec. 6 on behalf of Soviet Jews. The demonstration is being held in Washington to lend support to the President in his efforts to secure the freedom of Soviet Jewry and will take place one day before the arrival of General Secrer tary Gorbachev. The President wanted to meet with the group before the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Summit to express his commitment to the cause of Soviet Jews and to assure the Jewish community that the plight of Soviet Jewry will be an issue at the Summit. Pictured (1. tor.) are Jerry Goodman, executive director of National Conference on Soviet Jewry; a former refusenik Yuli Edelstein, and Morris Abram, chairman of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Mary Dewhirst, associate director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, is seated behind them. V By Judith Franklin News Editor Support from the! West for Refuseniks still in the Soviet Union was what former Refusenik and Prisoner of Conscience Natan Sharansky wanted when he spoke to the oyer 1,000 people in the Ohio Union Ballroom on Tuesday evening, Nov. 24. And support was what he got if the enthusiasm, exhibited by those in attendance was any measure. Three standing ovations and lengthy applause greeted Sharansky, who was released from the Soviet Union in February 1986, after serving seven years in prison and labor camps on charges of "treason" and "anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda" for his Soviet Jewish activism. The rally was co-sponsored by the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation at OSU, the Community "Relations Committee of the Columbus Jewish Federation and the Ohio-Drake Unions Activi ties Bbard and was part of a city-to-city tour undertaken by Sharansky to promote the Dec. 6 Washington Mobilization for Soviet Jewry on the eve of the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit. Sharansky warned the American Jewish community not to be lulled into a false complacency by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's new policy of "Glasnost," openness. "Glasnost doesn't exist for the people in the street," he said, explaining that Gorbachev is not a human rights activists. Although he has allowed 8,000 refuseniks to leave the country, close to 400,000 remain behind. In fact, a new law making it more difficult to emigrate from the U.S.S.R. went into effect just last January, he noted. By Plane, By Train, By Automobile 100,000 Could Attend Summit Rally NEW YORK (JTA)-No one is giving exact figures, but if current travel plans pan out, as many as 100,000 demonstrators will descend on Washington Dec. 6 for "Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jews." That figure includes Jews arriving on some 60 airline flights, many of them chartered for the day; thousands of buses, and from parts of the country as far away as Seattle, Wash., and with Jewish communities as small as that of Duluth, Minn. Organizers of the mobilization, who include members from most of the major national Jewish organizations in North America, are already saying it will be the largest demonstration for Jewish causes ever held in the nation's capital. It is certainly this year's most galvanizing event in or- . ganized, North American Jewish life, with communities canceling and rescheduling events planned months ago for next Sunday. The United Jewish Appeal, for instance, has moved its National Campaign Cabinet meeting from New York to Washington so that UJA leaders can participate in the demonstration. And. in Boston, the Jewish community has canceled its Super Sunday fund-raising ' event and plans to turn out at least 1,000 people for the Washington rally. Demonstrators will travel by train, aboard two chartered planes and on at least 20 buses. Hillel groups on area campuses are busy signing tip students for the trip. The event has "really struck at young people's hearts," said Philip Perlmutter.executive director of the JCRC of Greater Boston, V In Kansas City, Mo., 300 people are already signed up He feels that Gorbachev has tried to change his image to encourage trade with the West. By allowing Refuseniks whose names are well known in the West to emigrate, he has made it more difficult for the rest to leave, fooling those in the west into thinking the struggle is over. "That is why it is important what message he gets when he comes for the Summit. If he sees he has succeeded in making us complacent, he will only release 8,000. If he'll see he can't fool us and our struggle continues, then he will make bigger concessions," Sharansky noted. He emphasized that it was knowing of the support for his cause in the West which sustained him' through his long interrogation and imprisonment, often in solitary confinement in a small, dark, cold punishment cell on a diet of bread and water. He also credits Western concern and pressure with saving his life and ultimately, with winning his release. He asked for a continuation of that support for those still left in the U.S.S.R. "I call on each of you to join us on Dec. 6 in Washington for this rally. The KGB said my fate was in their hands. You proved them wrong. They think the fate of our brothers in the Soviet Union is in their hands. We are those who can prove them Wrong," he concluded. In addition to the 8 p.m. rally at OSU, Sharansky's Columbus visit included speaking before many other (CONTINUED ON PAGE 11) for spots on three chartered planes. According to Judy Hellman, associate director of Kansas City's Campaign to the Summit committee, Jewish delegates will be joined by non-Jewish students .from Corning, Iowa; two students representatives elected by the William Jewel Baptist College,in Liberty, Mo., and leaders of three farming associations in Missouri and Kansas. . San Francisco is also planning a week of activities, in addition to sending a delegation to the rally. The first will be a vigil in Union Square on Dec. 6, according to Ruthellen Harris and Dan Hoffman, co-chairs of the Bay Area Summit Task, Force.... Twenty people will travel the 3,000 miles from Washington state to Washington, D.C, according to July Balint, chairperson of the (CONTINUED ON PAGE 9) Welcoming Natan Sharansky to Columbus on Tuesday, Nov. 24, were (top left photo) Miriam Yenkin, Columbus Mobilization for Soviet Jewry chairwoman, and Nate Gordon (right), OSU B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation president. Sharansky's first stop on his Columbus visit was Columbus Torah Academy (top right photo) where he spoke to a student assembly. An evening dinner at Hillel (bottom left photo) was attended by 180 OSU student and Jewish community leaders. The dias included: (standing, 1. to r.) Myles Brand, OSU vice president for academic affairs and provost; Rabbi Steve Abrams, Hillel director; B. Lee Skilken, Federation president; David Frankel, president/Jewish Student Activities Board at OSU; Rabbi David Stavsky, president, Columbus Board of Rabbis; Dr. Jeffrey Tilson, chairman, Federation's Community Relations Committee; Gene Burger, director of Community Relations at the Federation; (seated) Alan H. Gill, Federation director; Miriam Yenkin, and Nate Gordon. Yenkin chaired the evening rally (bottom right photo) which was attended by over 1,000 people. She introduced OSU President Edward Jennings (center) and Sharansky. Photos by Lorn Spolter. Keep Up Fight For Soviet Jews, Ida Nuclei Tells CJF MIAMI BEACH, FLA., (JTA) — Former prisoner of Zion Ida Nudel thanked American Jews for helping to win her freedom and pleaded with them to be vigilant in their fight on behalf of Soviet Jewry, particularly in light of new anti-Semitism inside the USSR. "An anti-Semitic mood is developing very quickly in the Soviet Union," said Nudel, pointing to the rise of a chauvinistic hooligan group called Pamyat. "Please be very careful. Don't lose the opportunity to plead on behalf of Soviet Jewry," she urged more than 3,000 people attending the 56th General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federation here. V Nudel spoke to the convention via a satellite video hookup from Jerusalem, where the once-exiled human rights activist arrived in October after waiting 16 years to emigrate. CJF delegates appeared spellbound when the larger- than-life, sweetly smiling countenance of Nudel appeared on huge video screens. One could see the Western Wall behind Nudel in the distance. "Shalom b'Yerushala- yim" (Greetings from Jerusalem), Nudel called out to the convention guests. "Thank you for this moment, when I began to be a Jewish person in my own homeland." Nudel responded to questions from the convention (CONTINUED ON PAGE 11) I ' :\\ V i * i' ' I V '., Il'
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1987-12-03|
|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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