Russian Jewrys Friends Are Doing
By Dr. Harold
I recently experienced will be difficult to ever forget.
The hall, on that Sunday afternoon, was filled with newly
arrived Jewish families from Soviet Russia and her satellites.
Fathers and sons were seated the men's section, mothers
and daughters in the other. The entire atmosphere was
friendly and ''heimish". No! This was no ordinary
dinner or official banquet with empty ceremonies and put-on
speeches of greeting. This was a great and warm gathering
arranged for recent arrivals from the Soviet lands by
the " Friends of the Refugees of Eastern Europe".
This was the third such gettogether arranged by the
"friends", with the specific purpose of instilling
in these new arrivals a feeling for the warmth of Judaism;
its fraternal closeness; a feeling that could easily
be swept away in the swift and wild undercurrent
of American life. In the confused cultural climate of
present day America, it is easy to understand how recent
refugees from Russian servtude, even those who struggled
successfully to maintain their spark of Jewishness under
the most terrifying conditions, are nevertheless completely
unprepared for the frightening temptations and harsh
realities of our "good and free" America.
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