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Still Shines... Soviet Ghetto Reunited at Bob Carr Staff spotlight up Misha of his voice Lift Mine tears of came to Palta and they sat in Night Day." as the next door in ghetto of the Strash- backstage the great star they so many MISHA RAITZIN -- It's a long way from a Russian ghetto to the Metropolitan Opera, engaged in the wonder and Russian generations, with son before sometimes pesky realities of a Emil and daughter-in-law Rosa the Raitzin small, vital child, and their children, to join lived The word "Zionism" began Rosa's brother, Viktor noisy to crop up, especially in the Goykhman in Orlando. Tashkent. secret houses, known to the And in Orlando, the friends tightly Jews of Tashkent who insisted were reunited, backstage at on continuing the practice of the Bob Carr Auditorium with Parents of their ancient religion, who the help of Soviet Resettle- families came to know by word of ment Task Force member, Strashnov mouth where it was safe for Florence Harris, who called men to form a minyan, the meeting "something nice When Finally the Raitzin family fled in a wodd that is not always so to the certainty of persecution nice." Addresses and hopes in instilled in them by their native were exchanged. Misha hadto the Russia to fulfill a dream, to live tell the Strashnovs that his lis close in freedom in the promised father had died, at home in mischevi, iand. After many more years, Israel, last year at 92. But the Son, Misha, Roza and Palte Strashnov also family lives in peace and the the street left behind their heritage of friends can begin again. Quality Brand Names At 00ble Prices. PLAZA LONGWOOD HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News. January 25. 1980. Page 7 From 'Downunder'  . !" , An Auss]e i Views the U.S. = by TINKER SALE HERITAGE Staff /, I should shut my mouth or something but  I think that Americans show a great lack of - " :i sensitivity to Israel," is the way native " Australian student, Nell Shilkin of Perth, summed up his encounter with the American Jewish community since early December. " Shilkin in Orlando to visit friends during a tour of musical conservatories up north said ....  ' . NElL SHILKIN shares his Austrahan he had spent a great deal of time talking with nDrcr',t-/hl,: residents of strong Jewish centers like Hew r--. r- ....... York and Long Island, and encountered "a Graduates, like all his.friends, of the Zionist ack of interest and understanding of srael Youth organization, Habonim, Shilkin has that really breaks me up. There is so much spent much time in Israel, traveling, working wealth here, talent and ability and money.., on Kibbutzim, studying with the Institute of but people don't seem to realize that Israel is a part of us, it's THE ONLY Jewish state there ever will be. American could do a lot but they don't seem to realize how deadly their lack of interest is." Brought up in an Orthodox home in Perth's Jewish community which numbers some 3,500 people, the ] &year-old student commented that Australian Jewry is very supportive of Israel, a support that he feels has a lot to do with the spiritual content of one's Jewish home life. "1 remember clear back to early child- hood," he said. "My father and others always met the merchant ships that came in, always searched the faces at concerts for Jews who needed a place to stay in town. Our home was always full of Jewish sailors and other visitors. "My father always felt he had to set a per- sonal example for how to treat our fellow Jews," Shilkin said, "and we all simply grew up with Israel at the center..." Youth Leaders from Abroad. "it was quite astonishing for those of us who Were an English-speaking minority," he said. "We learned to pull together and to cross many barriers with our Judaism." Shilkin said that awareness of problems faced by Jews in South America, for example, strengthened his resolve to "do something with my life that involves Israel." Currently a student at the University of West Australia, Shilkin turned from the pressure to "become a nice Jewish doctor," and decided to come to the States seeking enrollment in Julliard or Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music. A pianist and composer with a classical back- ground, Shilkin plays a wide varihy of musi- cal instruments and has an eclectic musical taste that spans classical through jazz Not sure yet what his musical future will be, Shilkin grinned and said firmly, "There ought to be something for me to do for Israel. It might take me five years to get there, or even 10, but rll make aliyah..." Birthdays, Anniversaries, Special Invitations, Dinner Parties, Special Days such as February 14th are made even more memorable with Flowers but when you add a very select bottle of Champagne, a dmestic or imported Wine to the gift Of Flowers -- a new dimension is achieved -- ex- pression of your good taste with the good taste of... LEARANCE SALE ,T-SHIRT TRANSFERS- Look for the GREEN DOT specla{I  DINNERSPECIAL I January 26-February 1 : Roast Brisket of Beef. Pot,to,.,k. =3 95 Choice of Salad & Small Soft Drink m DELl TOWNE the DELl with | a DIFFERENCE! in food ... in atmosphere ... in friendliness ... 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