Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1989-05-18, page 01
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LlOHAKY, OHIO HISTORICAL S0C4**tY 1982 VELMa AVE• ^ oq&;*..o; 43211 cxch ljl\//Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community (or Over 60 Years VwA^v VOL.67 NO. 20 MAY 18,1989-IYAR 13 Devoted to American and Jewish Ideals. I i 1 Sir. hi r- Ui : lie lij 8 !/ Swastikas Surface In Turin ROME (JTA) — Teenage gangs who deface walls with swastikas and slogans extolling racism are a growing problem in Turin, an industrial city in northern Italy with an important Jewish community and many immigrants from Third World countries. The youths also vandalize property, attack passersby and fight among themselves. Tour By Jewish Vocal Troupe Is Crescendo For Soviet Jews MOSCOW (JTA) — In a further test of the Soviet policy of glasnost, or openness, Soviet Jews thronged concert halls in Moscow and Kiev for a taste of Jewish music, during a concert tour last month by the London School of Jewish Song Boys Choir. The series, sponsored by the Vaad L'Hatzolas Nidchei Yisroel of the Agudath Israel World Organization, was a complete sellout. Organizers were forced to add two shows to the original four to handle the overflow. Agudath Israel said some 15,000 attneded the concert series. Rabbi Feidman To Address May 31 Community Event Local Handling Of Controversial TV Program Avoids Pitfalls Encountered In Other Areas Rabbi Leonid Feidman will be the featured speaker at a "Passage To Freedom" community event on Wednesday, May 31, at 7:3Q p.m. A former Jewish refusenik, Rabbi Feidman is currently a Conservative rabbi with a pulpit in Palm Beach, Fla., and an associate of CLAL, the National Jewish Center For Leadership and Learning- Growing up Jewish in a Marxist society creates a "very sophisticated level of suffering," according to Feidman, where "Jew" is merely a perjorative word stamped on a passport. At 21, Feidman had no idea that the Bible was written in Hebrew, that there was a Holocaust, that Judaism is a religion. "Rabbi Feldmaii's expert ences mirror those of the Soviet Jewish emigres we are welcoming into our community" explained Henry Epstein, president of Jewish ' Family Services. "We need to understand the world they are leaving behind in order to help them become fully participating members of I at The Chronicle '■ MMaaMnaaaiwiMMpaMiiaii At The Center..... *..., 1M& Classified.-,. ,,"<■/,., '.',,-,, .ii Editorial Features,.,;. t<. 2 Fifty Years Ago., .'.-'./•,;-. .,*&. Here & There ....7.','..,, ,-Vt Marketplace ,„»......,;;, ,13 Obituaries.»;..,;.,,. w,. 10 Social Nsws .t\..7.«.,;■>%-,* 8 Synagogue Services^.. A 10 the Columbus Jewish community." "It will take our' united effort as a community to raise the funds, recruit the volunteers and coordinate seryicesy to successfully., resettle our! people,*' said Jack L. Wallick, co-chairman of the "Passage To Freedom" Campaign. The Campaign is an effort to raise $1 million in funds locally and recruit volunteer assistance and donations to aid in resettling the 40,000 Jewish emigres who will be released from the Soviet Union this year. All members of the Columbus Jewish community are invited to attend this evening provided free of charge by Jewish Family Services and the Columbus Jewish Federation. Rabbi Feidman will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at Temple Israel, 5419 EI. Broad St. For more information or to indicate plans to attend, call the Federation, 237-7686. By Judith Franklin Managing Editor . Recently, communities across the nation have had to. come to grips with what has come to be known as "hate- TV." Now, it seems, it is central Ohio's turn to do the same. Locally, however, much of the turmoil engendered in other parts of the nation has been avoided by a well thought-out approach - and careful planning. "Race and Reason," produced and hosted by Tom Metzger, former grand dragon of the California Knights of the Ku Kliix Klan and current Skinhead leader, aired last Friday, May 12, on Public Access Channel 21. It is scheduled to appear again at 10:30 p.m. tomorrow night, Friday, May 19. Following a talk-show format, "Race and Reason," presents interviews with "spokesman" for various hate groups. The hate rhetoric is toned down to give the appearance of a reasoned discussion, but the guests' true feelings often "come out. According to Carl Kuchar- ski, executive director of Cable 21, the ACTV Board reviewed the program and found that its "language and ideas although offensive were not inflammatory or vitriolic and felt their hands were tied." Federal law requires that public access channels be community forums, he explained, available to any organization seeking public notice as long as programming is not libelous or obscene. In other communities, the controversy has revolved around the First Amend- Jennie Roland Education Day To Feature Cajun Storyteller J. J. Reneaux, a Cajun storyteller from Louisiana, will come to the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center for an exclusive engagement next Thursday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m.. The event is the program for the 1989 Jennie, Roland Education Day, sponsored by the Columbus Chapter of Hadassah, the Melton Center at Ohio State University and the Community College for Adult Jewish Studies. The entire community is invited to attend. The daughter of an American Army officer who was among the liberators of Buchenwald, Reneaux was raised with her father's recollections of courage and spiritual strength in the aftermath of the Holocaust. She will7 share stories of true-life Holocaust experi- (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14) ment right of free speech, one even going so far as to abolish its public access station rather than air the show. But the problem is not just free speech, Kucharski said; it is combating the racism and anti-Semitism this type of program disseminates. That is why the ACTV Board decided to work with the community to produce counter-proramming, balancing First Amendment rights with the needs of the community," he noted. Among the organizations approached was the Anti- Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. "Channel 21 handled this situation in a responsible way from the outset," said Alan Katchen, executive director of ADL's Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio Region. Joining, forces with such groups as the Metropolitan Church Board and Urban League, the ADL has come up with counter-programming with which to bracket "Race and Reason." According to guidelines in an article in the Jan. 6,1989 issue of USA.Today, Columbus has handled the situation correctly. Author Bob Purvis, National Institute against Prejudice and Violence legal director, writes that "experience indicates communities can successfully combat these problems without threatening freedom of speech or sacrificing public access TV." Purvis advocates: • Achieving a consensus to protect free speech under the First Amendment. "This precondition lays a positive foundation on which to build a coalition that cuts across lines of race, religion ethnicity and sexual orientation." • Not making public-access TV the scapegoat. "When the Klan demonstrates, we don't react by eliminating public parks. Public access, too, is a First Amendment forum, but in many places that's not widely understood; the temptation is great to see public access as 'the problem.' This negative focus has caused paralyzing conflict among people otherwise united in opposition to bigotry but who disagree on the public-access issue." • Using controversy as a springboard for action. "When 'hate' programming causes controversy, this indicates people are actively concerned about prejudice. Channel this in positive directions, for example by establishing victim-assistance programs or developing counter-programming." • Not overreacting. "People learn more about the white-supremacist message from news accounts about the controversy than from the actual programs." Katchen also emphasized the need for the community "to respond (to 'Race and Reason') in a measured way" because "overreaction leads to giving them (hate groups) the notoriety they seek," and Kucharski suggested that instead of dismissing the program as "garbage," people should express their opinions on the air. If the schedule is filled with "good" programming, he noted, there won't be room for the racist. EDITOR'S NOTE: See related article on Skinheads on page 2. U.S. Pressing Israel To Be More Flexible On Peace Plan JERUSALEM (JTA) - The Bush administration is continuing to prod Israel to show more flexibility in its proposal for Palestinian elections in the administered territories. First signs of the American pressure surfaced three weeks ago, when high-level: American diplomats, meeting with Israeli leaders here, pressed them to clarify several points. Two weeks ago, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker sent Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens a letter urging Israel specifically to address the issue of allowing Arab residents of East Jerusalem to vote in the proposed elections. According to the letters, reported by the Israeli news media last week, Baker also pointedly stressed Washington's support of the land-for- peace formula and of political rights for the Palestinians. Arens, in a reply letter last week, reportedly sidestepped the matter of East Jerusalem's eligibility, explaining that the entire election proposal has yet to be discussed by the Cabinet But according to media reports, written proposals currently evolving in top ministerial circles avoid specific references to that issue, apparently because Labor and Likud leaders do not see eye-to-eye on it. Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Labor supports allowing the East Jerusalem residents to vote, provided they do so outside the city limits, because the city is Israeli territory. Other Laborites, notably Deputy Finance Minister Yossi Beilin, are strong advocates of the right of East Jerusalem Arabs to vote and to stand as candidates. But many Likud ministers are forcefully opposed. Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who formally proposed the election idea to President Bush last month, has remained quiet on the issue. According to the Israeli proposal, the elections would choose Palestinian representatives with whom Israel would negotiate an interim arrangement for Palestinian self-rule in the territories. Heritage Village Arts To Present Exhibit At Riverfront Festival This summer the east and west banks of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus will be the site of an open-air sculpture exhibition, jointly presented by Heritage Village Arts arid the Columbus Arts Festival. Heritage Village Presents Sculpture on the Riverfront is an outgrowth of Sculpture at Heritage Village, the Columbus exhibition which, since 1985, has been a major showcase for regional and national artists working in outdoor and site-specific formats. Since Heritage Village is renovating its grounds and can not host the sculpture exhibition in 1989, this show continues its spirit in a condensed version at a new location. 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|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1989-05-18|
|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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