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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-06-07

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, June 7, 1974-39

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'\1 1illage Renewal
Urged in 'Smithfield

A yes vote in the special
\,:millage election to be held
Monday in Southfield will be
a vote to continue the 3 mills
I • presently on the books for
' the city's public schools.
/- The Citizens Committee for
Southfield Schools notes that
millage renewal means corn-
\ munity control of its own
(schools. There will be no in-
crease in the tax rate, and
• services will remain the
s ame.
The Citizens Committee
I nointed out that inflation has
ed serious concerns for
district.
( All residents of the school
district who are registered
voters are qualified to vote.

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Contact With Other Jews Focus of Handicaped Club

By HEIDI PRESS
Holding a lulav and etrog
on Sukot, having a Hanuka
party with latkes and sour
cream and visiting a syna-
gogue — all are routine for
Jews who are not stricken
with blindness, cerebral
palsy or multiple sclerosis.
For those with these dis-
abilities, such experiences
not only strengthen their
awareness of being Jews,
but give them a sense of be-
longing to the rest of the
community.
With the formation of the
Circle of Handicaped Friends,
Jewish handicaped adults
can for the first time meet
in a social group as Jews
and not solely as handicaped
persons.
The group, which began
with a handful of members
last summer, was another
first: the only social group
in the area for handicaped
persons with varied disabili-
ties. Allan Gelfond, director
of group services at the Jew-
ish Center, under whose
auspices the Circle is main-

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tained, serves as group lead-
er.
Now comprised of about 15
members, and always looking
for more, the Circle meets
1:30 p.m. on the first and
third Monday of the month
at the 10 Mile Jewish Cen-
ter. Some of the members
are confined to wheelchairs
or need walking aids and are
driven to the meetings by
their families or by volun-
teers arranged with the help
of Mrs. Fayga Dombey,
family service volunteer di-
rector of the Jewish Family
and Children's Service.
The need for such a group
was brought to the attention
of the Center administration
by Eva Hertz, a volunteer
affiliated with the JFCS. A
handicaped woman whom
she visited frequently sug-
gested the idea to Mrs. Hertz,
who in turn, contacted Mrs.
Dombey and Gelfond.
Before the administration
gave its approval, there was
much debate on the proposed
program. Could persons with
diverse physical handicaps
succeed in a group together?
The members, who are re-
questing more frequent and

The religious institution is
one of the community's most
important untapped resources
for the mentally retarded, a
University of Michigan social
work professor maintains.
Dr. Robert Segal, program
director for social work at
the U-M Institute for the
Study of Mental Retardation
and Related Disabilities, said
it is crucial to involve the
church and synagogue "not

Writing in the current issue
of the Journal of the National
Apostolate for the Retarded,
Segal lists pastoral counsel-
ing, religious education, in-
formation and referral, and
participation in worship serv-
ices as examples of pro-
grams that can be and are
being developed.

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tudes held by society at
large."
Segal cited Detroit's Ha-
verim Home as an example
of a religious-sponsored serv-
ice. It provides a recrea-
tional and religious environ-
ment for Jewish retarded
young adult residents. Tem-
ple Israel also holds religious
education classes for the re-
tarded.

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Aid to Retarded

Harry Berlin was installed
as president of the board of
directors for the Detroit As-
sociation for Retarded Citi-
zens, at its May 28 general
membership meeting.
Other officers are Dr. Ray-
mond Starr, Walter Girardot

"Part of the framework of
almost all religious beliefs
is commitment to the prac-
tice of charity," he notes.
"To the Hebrews, helping
one's fellow man was con-
sidered a social duty, and
the religious man was one of
social action. Christianity,
too, has placed clear em-
phasis on personal involve-
ment and service to man-
kind."

He added that the religious
institution's "general lack of
involvement with the men-
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longer meetings, have put
the doubts to rest.
At first, soliciting for mem-
bership was difficult. Letters
were sent to the synagogues
and agencies for the handi-
caped. Following a recent
newspaper article, five per-
sons joined the group.
Members almost run the
meetings themselves, al-
though Gelfond and Mrs.
Dombey offer occasional
guidance. Recently, the group
voted to have a nominal
membership charge to cover
the cost of refreshments and
other expenses.
Mildred Snitz, the mother
of ,two, grown sons, was de-
clared legally blind in 1960
and must use a leader dog
for assistance. However, the
former legal secretary
doesn't let the blindness get
in her way as she types the
minutes of each meeting on
a regular typewriter and
hands them in to be read at
the next meeting.
Sighted members play an
important role on outings to
movies and plays. On recent
trips •to see the film "I Love
You Rosa" and the play
"Prisoner of Second Ave."

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Religious Groups Aid Retarded

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they described what was hap-
pening on the screen or
stage to the blind members.
Past activities included
celebrating Jewish holidays,
visting a sukka, listening to
author Sam Levenson when
he appeared at the Jewish
Center, having a Hanuka par-
ty with humorist Max Sosin
and taking a trip to a cider
mill.
For most of the members,
the club offers a chance to
get out of the house and to
be with Jews outside of fam-
ily. Two members have gone
further, encouraged to pur-
sue their own interests.
Lynn Faxstein, 29, was left
blinded by a brain hemor-
rhage at age 21. Although
confined to a wheelchair she
participates in a "voicespond-
ents" club whose members
correspond by sending vocal
"letters" on cassette tape.
For some of the disabled the
controls on a cassette re-
corder are easier to maneu-
ver than a pencil.
Another member, stricken
with multiple sclerosis, is
able to drive and has be-
come a member of the Jew-
ish Center Radio Club. Gel-
fond said that despite his dis-
abilities, this member has be-
come proficient in the use of
Morse Code.
The group is planning an
outdoor summer meeting and
will include families on its
outings. Because the mem-
bers are determined to do as
much as they can on their
own, they try all kinds of ac-
tivity, Gelfond said.
Although meetings are held
in Oak Park, members came
from Oak Park, Southfield,
Detroit and Farmington.
The Circle of Handicaped
Friends list its most urgent
need as new members. Funds
and drivers are appreciated,
but the members most want
new faces and "other opin-
ions." Intelligent and alert,
they prefer intellectual activ-
ities such as book reviews
and debates by rabbis.
Contact among the mem-
ers is not limited to hi-week-
ly meetings. Some telephone
each other and call Gelfond,
too.
Persons with handicaped
relatives who are interested
in the Circle of Handicaped
Friends and would like to at-
tend a meeting may call Gel-
fond at the Center group
services office, 341-4200.



Pearlmans Mark
50th Anniversary

MR., MRS. PEARLMAN

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pearl-
man of Old Orchard Rd., No-
vi, will be honored by their
children June 15 at a dinner
party on the occasion of
their 50th wedding anniver-
sary.
Their children are Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Friend of Chi-
cago, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Robins and Mr. and Mrs. Ar-
nold Pearlman.
Mr. Pearlman, now retired,
was a teacher in the Detroit
public school system for 50
years. He was awarded a
golden anniversary diploma
from Wayne State University
last year in recognition of
faithful services in the art
and science of education.

He is a member of Hannah
Schloss Old Timers, Adat
Shalom Synagogue and a life
member of Craftsman Lodge
of the Masons.

Mrs. Pearlman is a mem-
ber of Adat Shalom's sister-
hood, Women's American
ORT, Jewish Home for the
Aged Women's Auxiliary and
Hadassah. She is interested
in the arts and plays the 'gui-
tar.

The couple, who have six
grandchildren, were married
June 29, 1924, in Detroit.

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