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June 21, 1974 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-06-21

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Parents' 8 Nominees for UHS Board Defeated in Record Balloting Turnout

place at the United Hebrew
Schools' main building, drew
a record turnout of more
than 300. Voters who could
not attend the dinner were
.permitted to cast their ballots
early, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The new president of the
UHS, elected by the board
members, is Milton Lucow,
successor to Norman Katz.
Also elected were Julius
Harwood, Norbert Reinstein
and Robert Kasle, vice presi-
dents; Rose Kaye, secretary;
Stanley Marx, treasurer; and
Dr. Milton Goldrath, as-
sistant treasurer.
Prior to the meeting, sev-
eral letters had been sent
out to parents of UHS stu-
dents and to UHS members,
explaining the respective
positions of the nominees and
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS challengers. One letter, from
34—Friday, June 21, 1974
the "Concerned Parents of
the United Hebrew Schools"
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urged the election of the
Portraiture of Distinction.
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By CHARLOTTE DUBIN
The hottest election cam-
paign in 'United Hebrew
Schools history culminated
Wednesday evening with the
defeat of eight petition nom-
inees who were challenging
the choices of the UHS
board.
Sixteen UHS board vacan-
cies were filled by nominees
on the slate of the UHS board
nominating committee. In ad-
dition, candidates who were
challenging the "official"
nominees for office of two
vice presidents and secretary
were defeated at the board
meeting immediately follow-
ing the annual election meet-
ing.
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A letter from the nomina-
ting committee, explaining
its choices for the board,
followed. Then Katz sent
out his own letter in which
be alleged that the Con-
cerned Parents group had
"ulterior motives" in oppos-
ing the slate.
Katz's action was assailed
by .the parents, who again
issued their candidates' qual-
ifications with the added
comment that "Our ulterior
JUDITH SLOBIN
motives are that we care for
the welfare of every United Hebrew School student and
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we wish to have a board of
directors in which problems
can be openly debated and
efficiently solved." This
statement was issued outside
the UHS building prior to the
election meeting. When one
of . the board members, Dr.
Gerald Loomus, attempted to
bring up Katz's "ulterior mo-
tives" statement at the
board meeting, he was asked
to desist from "politicking."
Despite the last-ditch ef-
fort by the parent group,
they failed to muster suf-
Yosef Levanon has been ficient votes among their
appointed principal of the supporters. According to one
Hebrew High School and of the ballot _counters, the
registrar of the Midrasha tally was running about two
College of Jewish Studies,, to one in favor of the nom-
effective in September, it inating committee slate.
was announced by United
Elected to the board were:
Hebrew Schools Superinten- Jerome Acker, Leonard
dent Dr. Benjamin L. Yapko. Baron, St anle y Frankel,
Leva,non succeeds Joshua Judge Ben Friedman, Dr.
Chorowsky, who is leaving Barbara Goodm a n, Mrs.
to head the Columbus He- John Greenberg, Julius Har-
brew Schools and the Jewish wood, Robert Kasle, Dr. Mer-
education committee of the vyn Lakin, Milton Lucow,
Columbus Jewish Federation. Marvin Novick, Mrs. Ralph
A member of the UHS High Pierce, James Rosenbaum,
School staff for the past Nathan Soberman, David
three years, Levanon also Tanzman and Mel Weisz.
was associate professor of Daniel M. Clark was elected
Jewish history and philos- to a one-year term. Louis
ophy at the Midrasha. He LaMed, George M. Zeltzer
has bachelors and masters and Norman Katz were elect-
degrees from Hebrew Uni- ed to the advisory committee.
versity and has completed
requirements for a PhD
Two longtime teachers,
from McGill University. He Mrs. Norval (Judith) Slobin
teaches medieval Jewish his- and Israel Elpern, were hon-
tory at Oakland University. ored upon their retirement
from the school system. In
the tributes to them, it was
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noted that they had reached
the mandatory retirement
Class at Center
age, but hopefully will con-
tinue to serve the Detroit
Jewish community. Plaques
were presented to Mrs. Slo-
bin and Elpern by Rabbis
Moses Lehrman (Bnai
Moshe) and Milton Arm
(Beth Achim). Morris Nobel,
principal of the Bnai Moshe
branch of the UHS, gave the
words of tribute to Mrs.
Slobin.

New Principal
of High School

Abraham Panush, Meyer
Mathis and Abe Haste.
Principal of the Beth
Achim branch- of the UHS,
Elpern will be succeeded by
Rabbi Abraham Zentman.
Plaques also were present-
ed to Katz, as outgoing presi-
dent of the UHS, and to Di. .
Benjamin Yapko, who is
leaving the post of superin-
tendent to assume the di-
rectorship of the Los Angeles
Bureau of Jewish Education.
Mandell Berman, president
of the Jewish Welfare Fed-
eration, gave the tribute to
Yapko. "In spite of the prob-
lems of the past few years,"
he said, "his (Yapko's) ten-
acity and intellectual in-
tegrity moved this institution
forward, forcing us to face
the changing needs."
Julian Tobias, speaking
for the UHS board, described
Katz as "among the brightest

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graduates of the United He-=
brew Schools and high school.
. .. I can't tell you the sac-
rifice it means to an attor-
ney. He stole hundreds and
hundreds of hours from his
practice to devote to the
United Hebrew Schools."
Melvin Seidman, one of
the Concerned Parents group
who already serves on the
UHS board, said that despite
the defeat of the eight peti-
tion nominees, "we are confi-
dent of the future. There will
be a new superintendent and_
a new president." He added
that there is "always next _
year's election."

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