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....... ............by Judy Baumann

We were there! The Lexington contin-
gent represented the Central Kentucky
Jewish Federation at the largest rally of
American Jews ever assembled in Washington
D.C.! Chas Hite. Ellen Silverstein, Mark
Ingerman, Dana Dsser Honahan, Judy and
Natalie Saxe. Gail and Ernie Cohen, and I, _
Judy Baumann, assembled with about 60 A sense of unity and great pride was
Louisvillians at the KENTUCKY sign. apparent as 800,000 people from across

Joining us were Ken and Lois Germain America -- representing almost every
and their sons, who are on sabbatical state, Canada and other countries marched
there. Marching with their own contin— tOQEthEV With diQNitY and determination
gents from universities, Young Judaea or for the cause 0f SOViEt JEWVY- It t00k
their new hometowns were Lexingtonians DVEF an hour to walk from our assembly
Barbara Baumann, Michele Mayer, Tammy area at the Ellipse, behind the WhitE
Fitzpatrick. Alex and Sara Charney Coheny. HOUSE! t0 the M311 in front 0f the C591"
Beth Levine. Jonathan Miller. Polly tal-

Goldman and her husband Bruce Feist, There, for two and a half hours,
Leslie Levy Hirchin and her husband David. Speakers representing major Christian

Also there from Lexington was Michael groups, committees for SOViEt Jewry, the
and Vicki Doukas and their children. U-S' Congress and countless other QFOUDS

It was exciting to see banners from held the crowd’s attention. They spoke of
places like Hawaii, Alaska and Colorado human rights, American freedom, Glasnost,
and of organizations such as Hadassah and brain drain and Of their commitment ‘to
B’nai B’rith! Numerous people from large promoting the free emigration Of SOVJEt
Jewish communities told us how pleased Jews.
they were that we had come from Lexington.


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Mobilization, continued

we joined in as Pearl Bailey sang ”Let
My People Go”, and Mary Travers and Peter
Yarrow sang their well known song of
protest on behalf of Soviet Jewry, ”Light
One Candle.“ Additional folksongs of
peace and human rights were interspersed
between the speakers. Former refuseniks,
among them Yosef Mendelevich, Yuli
Edelshstein, Ida Nudel, and Natan
Sharansky addressed the crowd and lit the
candles of a large menorah, as we tied in
the upcoming holiday of Chanukah to the
refuseniks desire for their religious

Moshe Arad, the Israeli Consul General,
spoke of the unbreakable alliance between
our two countries and that “together we
shall prevail." Vice President George
Bush spoke of the American heritage of
freedom and of our values in regard to
human rights; that ”never again can we
remain silent about the abuse of human
beings ... if we’re not courageous enough
to stand up for these values, who will?”
Natan Sharansky, impressed by this out—
pouring of concern by Jews and non-Jews,
announced that ”every day we do not strug-
gle for freedom for Soviet Jews, we lose
our own freedom to do so.”

Ed Koch, representing the U.S. Confer-
ence of Mayors, proclaimed that there is
no Glasnost when it comes to political
prisoners and that we need too hold the
Soviet Union accountable.

For Elie Wiesel this was a day of pride
as well as one of Melancholy -- it took 20
years for all of us to be there. “It is
clear,” he said, "that if there had been
this kind of demonstration in 1942, 1943,
and 1944, millions would have been saved

. we are not silent now ... peace and
human rights are inseparable; there is
linkage between them. Mr. Gorbachev, you
must prove to us that you are worthy.
Some Jews are more famous than others, but
all are worthy of redemption.“

what an incredible experience! Our
Summit Rally made the front pages of
American and European newspapers, as did
the rally of 50 refuseniks in Moscow.
There, Soviet police broke up the demon—
stration. In Washington D.C. we came
together in peace for the cause of human
rights. we were part of history!


With Two Outstanding Events

Over seventy people "took off" into an
evening of fantasy on December 6th when
CKJF sponsored again the Guardians of Zion
dinner. This year’s dinner for contribu—
tors of at least $1200 took place in a
suite in the focal point of downtown
Lexington, the Financial Center. But
Guardians guests must have felt they were
soaring above the clouds thanks to the
outstanding decorating efforts of Robert
Cloyd and his staff.

Senator Mitch McConnell was the honored
guest of the Federation as he spoke on the
close relationship of Israel and the
United States and the current state of the
Middle East as well as the issue of
Freedom for Soviet Jews.

This year’s dinner was once again
chaired by Arlene Cohen who never ceases
to let her creativity flow to the delight
of all participants.

Fifty-four people initiated the 1988
CKJF-UJA Campaign with pledges of nearly

women’s Division honored the
“Pacesetters” of the 1988 women’s Campaign
with a memorable dinner and meeting on
December 9th. This year’s dinner was
chaired by Marilyn Gall. Seventeen women
were present when Ellen Cannon gave a
”Jewish Perspective on the Events of Our
Time." Ms. Cannon, a dynamic example of
Jewish women shaping destiny, covered a
wide range of topics including Soviet
Jewry, Ethiopian Jews, the American
policical scene and candidates for elec~
tion, and JAP baiting.

She was such an excellent speaker and
had so much information to share that
people were reluctant to leave following
the formal presentation.

The Pacesetters dinner, for women
pledging a minimum of $600, added $6100
to the already tabulated figures from the
Guardians of Zion dinner.

If you missed these events but want to
be a Guardian or a Pacesetter please
contact David Rose for Men’s Division
(866-9548) or Ellie Goldman for Women’s
Division (869-6049).










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The 10th Anniversary of the Central
Kentucky Jewish Federation was observed at
its Annual Meeting on November 30th, CKJF
President Bail Cohen and Administrator
Linda Ravvin reported on their recent trip
to the Council of Jewish Federatons
General Assembly.

Committee Chairpersons reported on the
year’s events, and Nominating Committee
Chair Vinnie Dubilier presented the
nominations for positions on the CKJF
Board of Directors. Other Nominating
Committee members included Mike Ades,
David Kaplan, Gloria Katz, Cheri Rose and
Simone Salomon.

Directors are elected by a mail-in
ballot which should be in the mail to the
CKJF membership by the time of this
bulletin’s publishing.

The candidates for three—year terms on
the CKJF Board of Directors are:

Ruth Baker, a lifelong resident of
Lexington and member of Temple Adath
Israel. She served for two years as
Temple Sisterhood President and on the
Temple Board of Directors. She is cur—
rently a Temple Sisterhood board member,
chairman of Operation-Fingerprint, and a
board member of People Against Child
Exploitation. She is also working with a
committee investigating a hands-on museum
in Lexington.

Arlene Cohen is a member of Dhavay Zion
Synagogue and a former board member. She
is a member of Dhavay Zion Sisterhood and
a life member of Hadassah. She has been
very active in the CKJF—UJA Campaigns for
the past few years, chairing for the
second year the Guardians of Zion Dinner.
As well as being on the mother’s committee
at the Lexington School, Arlene is active
on a community project to establish a teen
center in Lexington.

Gail Cohen, the current president of
CKJF, is a former chair of the Camp Shalom
Committee, the CKJF women’s Division
Campaigns (1988 and 1983), and the CKJF
Campaign Committee (1986). A former
co—chair of the CRC subcommittee on
Distressed Jewry, Mrs. Cohen remains
active in the concerns of Soviet Jewry.
She is a past president of the Lexington
Chapter of Hadassah and the Central States
Region of Hadassah, and is currently chair
of the Central States Hadassah Zionist
Youth Commission. She is a member of the
National Board of Hadassah. Gail is a
member of Dhavay Zion Synagogue and the
Lexington Havurah.


Nancy Hoffman is presently a CKJF board
member and was chair of the 1986 CKJF
women’s Division Campaign. She has served
on the boards of Hadassah and Temple Adath
Israel Sisterhood, and presently serves on
the board of the National Conference of
Christians and Jews. Mrs. Hoffman is a
former chair of the Camp Shalom Committee
and co-chair of CKJF’s Leadership Develop~
ment Program, Interact I. She is a member
of Dhavay Zion Synagogue and Temple Adath
Israel and has a Master’s Degree in Public

Martin Luftman' is a husband, father,
soccer coach and plastic surgeon. In 1986
he served as president of the Kentucky
Society of Plastic Surgeons and continues
to be involved in local and national
committees. Dr. Luftman would like to
help CKJF continue as a bridge among the
various Jewish interests in our community.

Judy Saxe, a 85 year resident of
Lexington, is currently Central States
Region President of Hadassah. She is a
member and past—president of the Lexington
Chapter of Hadassah; a founding member of
the Lexington Havurah; a member of Ohavay
Zion Synagogue and currently Sisterhood
representative to the Religious Committee;
and coordinator of the 1986 and 1987
Women’s Plea for Soviet Jewry. She worked
as CKJF Administrator from 1981—1986 and
has participated in several programs for
the National Conference of Christians and
Jews, including being a facilitator of a
Christian-Jewish dialogue group.

David Hekstein, a Lexington resident
for 85 years, is currently the Associate
Director of the Sanders-Brown Center on
Aging and a Professor of Physiology at
U.K. He was a member of the CKJF Board
from 1976 to 1985, served as its president
from 1978-80 and chaired the Community
Relations Committee from 1981—1983. He
was UJA Treasurer from 1964—70 and chaired
the annual campaign in 1978 and 1973. Dr.
Hekstein is a past president of Ohavay
Zion Synagogue and a founding member, past
president and present treasurer of the
Lexington Havurah.

Hark Hides, a lifelong resident of
Lexington, is a member of Temple Adath
Israel and its Brotherhood. A member of
B’nai B’rith, Mr. Hides is on the
Allocations Committee for the United Way,
a board member of the Door and Hardware
Institute, and a past president of
Downtown Lions Club. The contract manager
for Nides Materials Company, Mark will
co-chair the 1988 CKJF-UJA Super Sunday.


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Now is the time to make serious plans
to be part of one of the United Jewish
Appeal Missions to Israel. Check the one
of most interest to you, return this page
to the CKJF office, and our Missions Chair
Steven Caller will contact you with the
vital information needed to get you going.

Feb. 1—11, 1988 — Winter Singles Mission

See ancient and contemporary history blend
together; meet leaders of industry,
government and the military; share the
success of Youth Aliyah, immigrant absorp-
tion, Project Renewal and rural settle-
ment; feel the strengths of the modern
Jewish State. Cost of $1700 for double
occupancy includes round—trip airfare from
New York, 9 nights, 8 dinners, 7 lunches,
and 10 days touring with specially trained
guides. Minimum commitment to CKJF-UJA

Campaign: $500.

Mar. 13-83, 1988 — Mature Singles Mission

Same as Winter Singles Mission for single
adults ages 35*55 exclusively. The cost
is $1900 for double occupancy. Minimum
commitment to CKJF-UJA Campaign: $500.

Apr. 17—87, 1988 — Yom Ha’atzmaut Outreach

Share the unique experience of a lifetime:
Israel’s 40th Anniversary! Based primari-
ly in Jerusalem, this mission will delve
beneath Jerusalem’s surface in an archeo-
logical venture; visit an absorption
center, stay at a kibbutz; tour an Israel
Defense Forces installation; be briefed by
leaders in government, industry, military,
business and education; enjoy home hospi—
tality; and partake in guided tours of
Israel’s classic attractions. Cost is
$2100 with a minimum gift requirement of


$500 per person.
A similar mission is planned for March

13-23 for those making a minimum gift of
$1000 to the CKJF—UJA Campaign. This
mission costs $1750 and offers a possible
$500 subsidy from UJA.


June 19-89 or July 10-80, 1988 - Summer
Family Mission

Enjoy the wonders of Israel with your
entire family; participate in a Bar/Bat
Mitzvah atop Masada; meet face-to—face
with Sabras and recent Dlim; enjoy home
hospitality; travel from Tel Aviv to the
Golan and on to Jerusalem; attend Oneg
Shabbat at the western Hall; participate
in an archeological seminar; and tube
float down the Jordan River.

Costs range from $3640 for one adult
and one child in one room to $10,908 for
two adults and four children in three
rooms. Mission features include round
trip airfare from New York; five star
hotels and kibbutzim; touring with UJA
trained guides; transportation on modern,
air conditioned tour buses; and special
youth programming led by trained counsel—

The deadline for applications is fast
approaching. Join in with other Central
Kentucky families for this unique experi—

June 1988 — CKJF Mission to Israel

Enjoy all the features of a UJA Family
Mission with adult members of the Central
Kentucky Jewish community. This mission,
also under the auspices of UJA, will
coincide closely with the June UJA Family
Mission so activities can be related.

Be part of the early planning phase for
this long awaited opportunity by contact-
ing Steven or Susan Caller directly at

July 11-31, 1988 - Lehava III

UJA’s Third Assembly of Israeli and
Diaspora Jewish youth. Participants must
have been to Israel already and must also
be willing to devote time to substantive
issues of Jewish concern. For three weeks
you’ll visit the country, see the sights
and spend lots of time with Israeli youth
your own age.

Get to know Israel through the minds of
insiders. Observe ancient customs and
folklore while visiting a traditional
Druse village. Ascend the heights of
Masada at sunrise.

Cost is $1600 per person. Applicants
must have completed 10th, 11th or 12th
grades by June.

Subsidies for UJA Missions may be
available to you through CKJF.



CKJF Speakers Bureau

The CKJF Speakers Bureau, under the
auspices of the Community Relations
Committee, is providing speakers for
schools and church groups in Central
Kentucky. In recent months, volunteers
from the Jewish community have given talks
on subjects ranging from ”Judiasm at the
time of the the founding of Christianity“
to “Life in Israel today“ to ”Jewish
holiday celebrations.” Among the places
at which CKJF volunteers have spoken are
classes at Tates Creek High School and
Mary Queen School, a convocation at Sue
Bennett College in London, Kentucky, and
church groups in Frankfort and Lexington.

We have also distributed numerous
copies of the video tape ”And I was
There." This award winning television
documentary is about the Holocaust and
features Kentucky citizens who relate
their experiences as survivors and libera—
tors of concentration camps. In some
instances a speaker has led a discussion
after the tape was shown.

This community service is free of
charge and has been well received.
Members of the Jewish community are urged
to keep the Speakers Bureau in mind when
they are asked by neighbors, teachers and
friends to provide information about
Jewish holidays or customs, Israel,
various aspects of Judaism, etc. Also, if
YOU have some expertise or interest in
speaking on a certain topic, please call
the Federation office at 252—7622.

Camp Shalom 1988

The CKJF Camp Shalom Committee, chaired
by Cheri Rose and co-chaired by Ginny
Luftman, has already met and started
gearing up for another wonderful camp
experience for area Jewish youth ages A
through 9.

You may contribute your ideas and
talents by getting in on the beginning of
an outstanding camp season. Interested
persons should contact the CKJF office
(858—7682) for more information.


NJCRAC Plenum Set for February
in Los Angeles

The forthcoming National Jewish Commu-
nity Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC)
Plenum promises provocative speakers,
exceptional programs and extraordinary
opportunities for debate and dialogue
not to mention the sunny climate and
environs of Los Angeles.

The Plenum provides the opportunity to
debate leading authorities on domestic and
international issues, as well as NJCRAC’s
own experts on a myriad of topics. But
even more important, the Plenum, NJCRAC’s
highest ploicy making body, provides a
unique opportunity for the leadership of
the Jewish community relations field to
debate the key issues among themselves.

Program topics include:

* Religious Pluralism in Israel: The
Diaspora and Israel at the Crossroads?

* A New Look at the American Electorate
and Its Implications for the 988 Presiden—
tial Election

* Soviet Jewry After the Summit: Strate-
gic Options .

* The Changing Equation in the Middle
East: New Perspectives on the Arab-Israel

* Is There a Solution to the Problem of
Poverty in America?

* The Bill of Rights and the Supreme
Court into the 19905

* The Shoah, Anti—Semitism and Christian—

* Why Is Anti-Semitism at a Low Ebb —~ Or
Is It?

* AIDS —— What Should be the Role of the
Jewish Community Relations Field?

* Prospects for Change in South Africa:
what Can Be Done?

* women Who Elect to Have Children: Are
there Limits to their Rights and Choices?

* Changing Protestant/Jewish Relations:
Are We at a Turning Point?

Anyone interested in participating in
this outstanding opportunity, February
14—17, 1988 at the Los Angeles Hilton
Hotel, should contact CKJF Community
Relations Committee Chair Phil Berger at
277—0997 or call the CKJF office
(258—7682) and talk with Administrator
Linda Ravvin.




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Soviets Outline

The following is reprinted from the Near
East Report, Nov. 2, 1987.

Secretary of State George Shultz
reportedly took ”new ideas“ from Israel
with him to the Soviet Union in October,
including a proposal for Hashington and

Moscow alone -- rather than all five
permanent members of the U.N. Security
Council —~ to convene talks between Israel

and a Jordanian-Palestinian Arab delega—

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir, while repeating his desire
for better relations with the Soviets,
reiterated Jerusalem’s call that Moscow
must reestablish full diplomatic relations
with it and permit greatly increased
Soviet Jewish emigration.

Soviet officials in Washington recently
outlined their views to wgg. The point
was made several times that although any
Middle East conference which might take
place should not veto agreements reached
in bilateral talks between Israel and Arab
interlocutors, it should have the power to
l‘endorse" them.

”we have explained our position" to the
State Department, a Soviet official said.
”Although we speak of the 'Arab-Israeli
conflict, it is not bilateral.” There are
several Arab sides, ”and the question of
Palestine is a highly emotional issue”; it
is ”the crux“ of the problem, he insisted.
Therefore, such matters should be ap-
proached ”collectively.“

”Separate deals," such as the
Egyptian—Israeli peace, should be shunned,
since they ”caused antagonism” for those
parties not included. A Jordanian-Israeli
settlement, without resolutions of the
Golan Heights and Palestinian Arab issues,
”is not moving one iota.” Only a ”just,
comprehensive“ solution “acceptable to all
parties” could last, the official main—

On PLO participation in a conference,
the official said, “The Arab people of
Palestine are represented, as we under—
stand, by the PLO Like it or not

they don’t have other organizations."
Nevertheless, “this issue has to be
discussed.” But the composition of a

conference "must be acceptable to the


On relations with Israel, the official
urged careful reading of Mikhail
Gorbachev’s speech in April at a state
dinner for Syrian President Hafez Assad.
The General Secretary then noted that it
was abnormal for the Soviet Union not to
have regular diplomatic relations with
Israel. “Uncertainties about our position
[in the Middle East] will fall apart” in
light of Gorbachev’s remarks, the official

In general, “what has been expressed
officially by the Soviet side is quite
enough” as to the nature of a conference.
”Further details have to be discussed
quietly ... We have to be careful about
providing a successful conference when and
if it proceeds There is no permanent

Asked whether the Soviet vote last
month to reject Israel’s credentials as a
U.N. member did not cast a cloud over the
Kremlin’s Middle East intentions, the
official replied: “Israeli occupation of
Arab territory is a very big question mark
in our eyes I would suggest we avoid
putting question marks. Confrontation is

He asserted that Arab countries “most"
ly” have adopted U.N. Security Council
Resolution 842 and are ready to negotiate
with Israel now, partly because of Mos—
cow’s efforts. In turn, the Soviets
support the Arab claim that 242 requires
complete Israeli withdrawal from the Golan
Heights, Nest Bank and Gaza Strip.

[In fact, the resolution affirms the
right of all states in the region to live
in peace within secure and recognized
boundaries and calls for withdrawal of
Israeli forces from territory (but not
from all territory) gained in 1967.]

Regarding a statement by Gorbachev
advocating opposition to both
anti—Semitism and Zionism, the official
said "in general that thrust is correct."
While the two may be opposites, “both are

As for the bulk of Soviet Jewry, he
suggested that as the policy of glasnost
(openness) makes life in the Soviet Union
“better than before,” fewer would want to
leave. More would find their identity as
Soviet citizens of Jewish nationality;
”they are part of the Soviet people.”