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Third of s series of srticles 8s part of HaLailah BBW's yesw-long project on Sovist Jewry
Page 11-THE NEWS-December, 1988
Anatoly and Galina Genis
Bui. Slavyansky 5-1-104
Peter, Vesvolod, Stephan
Reason for Refusal:
Date of First Refusal:
Anatoly and Galina Genis 2ire both ac
complished mathematicians. Anatoly received
his doctorate from the Faculty of Mathematics
of Moscow University, but has been unable to
find work in his field since applying for a visa.
Galina is also unemployed.
Since 1980, Galina has suffered from severe
depression, pain in the heart region £uid insom
nia. She is completely unable to care for the
Peter has Cushing’s disease; he also has a
serious stuttering problem, and was not con
scripted into the Soviet army because of his
illness. He now goes to medical school. Ves
volod is a sickly child and is susceptible to
l^viet authorities claim that the Genises can
not leave because Anatoly learned “secrets”
while working as an engineer at the Institute
from 1970 to 1973, despite the fact that the
director of the Institute has often traveled to
the West. Since his refusal, Anatoly has held
menial jobs such as a street cleaner and metro
sweeper. He is now unemployed so that he can
stay at home to care for his family. The
Genises are destitute and are under severe
economic and psychologiceil strains.
Anatoly has participated in many demon
strations, and has been harassed and beaten
by the police. Driven to drastic measures, the
Genises recently divorced in the hopes that
Galina and the children would be able to ap
The Genises have been refused over 25
times, and appeal to the West desperately for
Only you can help the Genises and the
multitude of other Jewish families who remain
in captivity in the Soviet Union. It is simply
not good enough to wait for your neighbor to
answer the call for action. You must make the
quantum leap for those less fortunate than
On Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at Shalom Park,
HaLailah BBW, Charlotte Chapter BBW,
Hadassah, and the Jewish Federation will
jointly sponsor a plea for Human Rights. This
will be your opportunity to prove your loyal
ty and concern for those left behind. This day
will be proclaimed and known as “Soviet
Jewry Day” henceforth. This event (open to
men, women and children) promises to be an
emotioned and dramatic experience for all.
“Don’t let the light go out,” let us join hands
and hearts and help “LIGHT FREEDOM’S
WAY.” For more information, call Claire Put-
terman, 542-8369 or Linda Spil, 846-3704.
— Claire Putterman
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February 5-15, 1989
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Meet with professionals, kibbutzniks, soldiers, govern
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February 10-15 Hilton Jerusalem
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All participants will be solicited for their gift to the
1989 UJA/Federation Campaign
Applications will be accepted with a $500 deposit and must
be received by January 5. Balemce to be paid 30 days before
depEU'ture. If capacity is reached before that date, the Mis
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Post mission extensions in Israel or Europe C£m be ar
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no later than 30 days prior to the mission. All Isind exten
sions in Israel must be paid directly to the agent and can
not be paid to the UJA.
For more information, contact Vicki Hopkins, Federation
A Charlotte born-and-raised
woman, Kathy Jones, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Klein,
won two medals at the World
Karate Championships in
Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 10-15,
where she competed ageiinst a
thousand athletes from 57 na
tions. She was awarded a
silver medal in women’s team
kata, a bronze medal in in
dividual kata, and a gold
pyramid by the Egyptian gov
ernment. Japanese women
won the gold medals in both
Ms. Jones operates karate
dojoz (studios) in the Seattle
area. Two of her students, sis-
ters Debby and Mimi Tang, also won silver medals. Forty
American men and women flew to Cairo for the competition.
The Americans earned five medals, all won by women and four
of them by Jones and her students.
She also won two gold medals at the most recent Maccabeah
Games in Israel. She is the American women’s champion in
kata, which is the art form of karate, in contrast with kumite,
which is the fighting form.
Rabbi Marc Wilson of Temple Israel was recently selected as
Vice-Chairman of the Charlotte Area Clergy Association. He
is slated to serve as overaU chairmein in 1990. Rabbi Wilson was
also recently appointed to the Board of United Family Services,
the largest constituent agency of United Way.
He continues to serve as a board member of the Charlotte-
Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, the Bioethics
Resource group and the Presbyterian/Mercy Hospitals Institu
tional Review Committee.
Hermann Kosak has been selected as treasurer of the Guild
of Charlotte Artists.
Eric Ziegler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ziegler, has been
elected President of Hillel at Guilford College.
Rona Karacaova, daughter of Linda
Karacaova and Sumer Karacaova (of
Turkey), was named as one of the
seventeen Mecklenburg County high
school seniors who are semifinalists in
the competition for UNC-CH’s prestigi
ous Morehead scholarships. Rona is a
student at South Mecklenburg High
Rael Gorelick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gorelick, has been ac
cepted into the National Honor Society. He is a junior at Coun
try Day School.
Heath Prior, foster son of Lloyd Scher, has been elected vice
president of the sophomore class of East Mecklenburg High
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