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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-09-28

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Subsidy Freeze Cripples Projects for Elderly


(Copyright 1973, JTA, Inc.)

Plans to sponsor in San
Francisco the fourth low-in-
come apartment project for
the elderly under auspices of
the National Council of Jew-
ish Women have been crip-
pled by the Nixon adminis-
tration freeze on subsidies
for such housing. The three
completed projects—in Seat-
tle, St. Louis and Cleveland
—have a total of 300 apart-
ment units.
The first NCJW-sponsored
housing project for the elder-
ly is Council Gardens in
Cleveland, built under spon-
sorship of the NCJW section
there, which was opened in
November 1963. Council Gar-
dens is a garden-type facility
of one-story apartments, con-
struction of which involved
an outlay of $1,450,000. Of
that sum, $1,300,000 was the
cost of land, building and
equipment, and $150,000 was
a deposit in trust to comply
with terms of a loan of $1,-
250,000 at 3% per cent inter-
est, under section 202 of the
1959 federal housing act. It
is repayable in 50 years,
according to Mrs. Morton L.
Mandel, section president.
She added that the final
$200,000 was raised privately
from foundations and inter-
ested individuals in the com-
Council Gardens operating
costs are covered mainly by
rental income but a $10,000
annual subsidy from the
Cleveland section helps to
balance the budget, as does
volunteer service by section
members in food service and
clerical tasks. The total num-
ber of apartments is 92-56
efficiency apartments and 24
one-bedroom and 12 two-bed-
room units. The monthly
rental changes, which in-
cludes all utilities, are $110
for efficiencies; $148 for one-
bedroom units; and $170 for
two-bedroom units.
In September 1972, Coun-
cil Gardens received permis-
sion for rent supplementa-
tion for 18 apartments but
only 12 tenants are using the
rent supplement. Occupancy
is 100 per cent Jewish, Mrs.
Mandel said. The age range
of the tenants is 62 to 90.
None are on welfare. Dinners
are served in the project din-
ing room three evenings a
week at $1.80 for a full-
course - dinner. Emergency
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basis. Each apartment is con- month after the project was
nected by an emergency call opened, all 144 apartments
button intercom with the di- were occupied, with a lengthy
rector's office and with a waiting list then and now.
nurse's apartment.
The tenants at Delcrest
The Delcrest in St. Louis, range in age from 62 to 92.
which has 172 tenants in its
The Council House in Seat-
45 efficiency units and 99 tle was opened in May 1972,
one-bedroom apartments, all with 96 efficiency units and
but one of them Jewish, was 68 one-bedroom apartments,
opened in August, 1967. The renting at $90 and $115 month-
St. Louis NCJW section or- ly. Financed by a private
ganized Council Apartments, bank loan, the project was
Inc. in 1964 as a non-profit built under HUD 236 with its
Missouri corporation, eligi- mortgage guaranteed by the
ble for a 50-year 3 3/4 per cent Federal Housing Administra-
loan from the Community tion for $2,436,000, according
Facilities Administration A to Mrs. Sydney Weinstein,
1 1, -acre site was purchased president of the board of
for $250,000 near a neighbor- Council House. She said fie
hood shopping center and a Seattle section, as sponsor,
new doctors building. Coun- pays one per cent over the
cil Apartments raised capi- 40-year life of the mortgage.
tal funds of $325,000 in ad- with the balance paid by the
dition to the government loan federal government. She said
of $1,988,000. A low-pres- the section solicited members
sure campaign produced that and friends to raise, over a
sum from four foundations five-year period, about $75.-
and 74_individual gifts. One 000 to cover incidental costs.

Censorship Alive Well in M.E.


An Associated Press sur-
vey of the status of the world
press and the growing cen-
sorship problems contains
this analysis of the conditions
in the Middle East:
"In Lebanon, a free-wheel-
ing national press demanded
—and usually got—a lot of
freedom. But in last year,
the Lebanese government im-
posed censorship during Is-
raeli attacks made in retali-
ation for the Olympic killings
in Munich.
"Censorship does not offici-


Judaism is an outlook on
life which is associated and
interwoven ideologically with
the history of a people . . . If
somewhere in China today
an individual were to work
out for himself all the ethical
and theological principles of
Judaism, and live up to them,
would that make him a Jew?
My answer is no. He would
be as good a person as any
Jew, and better than most
Jews; but he would not be
a Jew until he had associat-
ed himself with the fellow-
ship, and had accepted the
responsibilities and instru-
mentalities of that fellowship.

gIe rt As

Sept. 20—To Mr. and Mrs.
Gary Faber (Sandi Wagner),
18683 Parklane, Livonia, a
son, Seth Adam. .
* * *
Sept. 17—To Mr. and Mrs.
Gerald S' hulman (Joela
Acre), 41712 Onaway, North-
ville, a son, Adam Isaac.
* * *
Sept. 9—To Mr. and Mrs.
Stuart Feldman (Marcy
Becker), 22350 Hallcroft,
Southfield, a - daughter, Kelli
* C
Aug. 31—To Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Sachs (Kathy Brand),
15020 Northfield, Oak Park,
a son, Kenneth Jay.
* * *
Aug. 28—To Mr. and Mrs.
Fred C. Miller (Arlene
Tyne r), 27530 Arlington,
Southfield, a daughter, Dana


* *

Aug. 26—To Mr. and Mrs.
Maurice Miller (Shelley Che-
rin), 1668 Graefield, Birming-
ham, a son, Blake Emory.

ally exist in Egypt, but every
foreign correspondent knows
that a censor is the first per-
son to read his story on its
way out of the country. A
major problem for foreign
correspondents in Cairo is the
lack of access to officials.
"In Israel, news concern-
ing military security, army,
oil and some stories of the oc-
cupation of Arab territory re-
mained on the military cen-
sorship list. But there were
signs that the rules were be-
ing relaxed."

Gaza ArabS -
See Progress

Correspondents around the
world are reporting on pro-
gress among the Arabs liv-
ing in the Gaza Strip.

Citrus production has in-
creased by 20-30 per cent
since 1967. Dr. Fahami Turk,
local Arab director of citrus
production in the Gaza De-
partment of Agriculture, said
that widespread spraying has
helped to eliminate insects
and diseases. A newly tarred
road in Gaza passes through
orchards and vegetable plan-

The Times of Malta cor-
respondent said that Arabs
have built three new packing
houses for the area.

Movie theaters closed after
the Six-Day War have been
opened, and the Gaza foot-
ball team has reorganized,
reports the Sydney Morning
Herald. A mobile van tours
refugee camps showing films
for children.

About 20,000 Arabs cross
into Israel to work each day,
5,000 of them to Tel Aviv.
The number of workers com-
ing into Israel to work has
increased because bomb at-
tacks on labor offices and
workers' buses stopped. The
workers receive about IL17
to 20 (about $5) a day, and
skilled laborers earn about
IL50 (about $12) per day, re-
ports the Voiksgazet of Brus-

The standard of living has
risen, and the population
takes advantage of the op-
portunities available. Im-
proved medical care reduced
the infant mortality rate,
In "The Professor
and the military government
and the Fossil"
spent more than IL2,000,000
By the instrumentalities I ($500,000) on medical care in
mean not only a ritual; and, 1971, said the Belgian corres-
as to the ritual, we must re- pondent.
member that the Jewish
The government also sub-
ritual is the expression of s i d iz e s and encourages
the history of a people that, building by offering loans
when faithful to Judasim, and grants.
sees history as a manifesta-
tion of God's will. Judaism
cannot be separated from the
Jewish Bible, the Mishna, the
Talmud, the commentators,
the Kabala, Hasidism, the
Exile, the Restoration, the By RABBI SAMUEL FOX
total fact of the Jewish ex-
(Copyright 1973, JTA, Inc.)
perience: it cannot be sep-
It is customary for a Jew
arated from these and re- when writing a letter to re-
stated in the form of a fer to the date in respect to
series of ethical and theolo- the particular portion of the
gical theorems.
Bible which is read that week
There are things that the (e.g., the third day of the
Jews believe; but before week of the portion Jethro).
these can be understood, one
From a practical viewpoint
must establish the character this was a means of keeping
of the Jewish people in its the Jew involved with the
peoplehood. When that has Holy Scriptures as much as
been done one may proceed possible. The general idea
to inquire: "What do Jews was that the Jew owes his
know and believe?" For in identity to the Scriptures
the case of the Jew, to ac- which serve as the document
cept certain tenets of faith of the covenant between the
as abstractions, without a Almighty and the Jewish
knowledge of the Jewish people. In the evening serv-
people and an informed self- ices the words of Scriptures
identification with it, does were referred to as "The
not constitute true and re- Life" and the "Duration of
liable membership in it.
Life" of the Jewish people.
Actually, it is the Scriptures
It doesn't take a parent which give the Jewish people
to be a Girl Scout adult their source of identity,
volunteer. Anyone who can their spring-board of hope
spare the time, from young and their security for the
singles to senior citizens, future. The ideal was to have
male or female, can become every Jew involved somehow
a Girl Scout leader, assistant with the Scriptures day and
leader or consultant. For in- night. Indeed, the daily pray-
formation, call the Girl ers contain a host of quota-
Scouts of Metropolitan De- tions from the Scriptures. Ad-
ditionally, the references to
troit, 961-8921.
Scriptures in the course of
Most people would succeed writing a letter brings about
in small things if they were an almost continuous involve-
not troubled by great ambi- ment with Scriptures on the
tions.—H. W. Longfellow.
part of the Jew.

Gemara Wisdom
One who desires to be- 54—Friday, Sept. 28, 1973
come a proselyte from love
of a Jewess or of a Jew is
not accepted. Nor are would-
•e proselytes from fear, or
because of worldly advan-
tage, received. But Hab said: t.i. et°‘ –
k v
They are to be received; this
A O . ,(k
is the Halakha (i.e., the es-
tablished rule): they are to
+4. 44' Wishing
be considered as proselytes;
they are not to be repelled
All Our
at the outset (to test their sin-
cerity), and they must have
Friends and
friendly treatment, for per-
haps after all they have be-
come proselytes in purity of
motive.—T. J. Kiddushin, 4.

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