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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-11-29

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Singles, Marrieds Work Together Toward Social,
Communal Goals of Federation Junior Division

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other Jewish singles?
iviarried? Looking for a
way to serve the community?
If the answer is "yes" to
either question, then you've
come to the right place—the
Junior Division of the Jewish
Welfare Federation.
You've never thought of
the Junior Division as a place
to meet people?
The Junior Division, com-
prised of Jewish singles and
young married couples age
22-32, is the only Jewish or-
ganization of its kind in the
country which works toward
soial communal, educational
and fund-raising goals.
According to Mrs. Lillian
Bernstein, adviser and a
member of Federation, the
Junior Division is a vehicle
to identify and meet with
other Jews.
"It's an avenue to find
your roots. You can find a
means of expressing your
identity in Junior Division."
Begun in June 1939, the
then Junior Service Group of
the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion had 15 members and
six advisers, dedicated solely
to fund raising for the Jewish






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terest, including drug abuse, Campaign-Israel Emergency
the media, the pursuit of hap- Fund. Special fund-raising
piness, justice and the courts, activities sponsored by the
urban renewal and abortion. Junior Division include the
Dr. Paul Pearsall, chief of men's pre-campaign cocktail
the Problems of Daily Living party, women's pre-campaign
Clinic at Sinai Hospital and luncheon, a week-long tele-
student of the Masters and thon and new this year, a
Johnson Clinic, will speak at youth campaign in which
Junior Division members co-
the Dec. 18 meeting.
ordinate the fund-raising ac-
A typical open meeting will tivities of religious schools
include general business, a and youth groups.The divi-
guest speaker and a chance sion also participates in the
to socialize afterwards. To community-wide general cam-
widen its social activities, paign.
the division will have a
According to Edward Lum-
square d a n c e, tentatively
berg, president, the Junior
planned for February.
Division's fund-raising goal
Another focus of the divi- is not to obtain large pledges,
sion is communal service.
but a large number of
The current project pro- pledges.
vides volunteers for the Tay-
Last year more than 2,0410
Sachs Screening program Jewish young adults of a
sponsored by the Genetics total of about 8,000 were con-
Counseling Clinic of Henry tacted by the division, and
Ford Hospital and Sinai Hos- pledged more than $100,000
pital, and funded by the to the campaign. Monies
March of Dimes and Federa- raised by the campaign fi-
nance various local, national
A Federation Junior Divi-
According to Jane Zukin, and worldwide Jewish agen-
sion campaign worker ap- this year's Tay-Sachs com- cies.
pears to be having a difficult mittee chairperson, "the re-
Another major function of
time explaining to a pros- sponse from Junior Division the Junior Division is to pro-
pective pledge giver that the to the Tay-Sachs program is vide future leaders for the
money he pledges to the unbelievable." She said of
Allied Jewish Campaign-Is- the 40 persons she contacted
rael Emergency Fund will be for the Nov. 24 screening
used for services to Jews only one was unable to par-
lo c all y, nationally and ticipate.
abroad. The Junior Division
"The hospitals which test
has four major campaign ac- 1,500 persons at each screen-
tivities, men's pre-v;;npaign, ing, plan to continue the
women's pre-campaign, a program for the next three
week-long telethon and par- or four years," Mrs. Zukin
ticipation in the general cam- said. "It will be a project
paign. This year a special close to the Junior Division
youth campaign has been
for a long time."
Prior to the Tay-Sachs
Detroit a loyal and efficient project, the Junior Division's
body of workers whose func- major community service
tions shall be to obtain funds project was a burn preven-
for the furtherance of our tion program.
Mrs. Karen Coleman, cen-
Begun in 1972 and lasting ter, prepares for her role as
communal 'activities, local, na-
tional and international; and for one year, the program "Burnie Bird", the Junior Di-
to further the interests of our involved Junior Division vol- vision's mascot for its burn
community in such other unteers who went to local prevention community serv-
capacities as may be de- schools to talk about burn ice project. The division talk-
determined by the Board of prevention.
ed to more than 700 children in
According to Mrs. Sally grades 1-3 about burn preven-
Directors of this organization
and by the Detroit Service Levy, chairman of the pro- tion. Helping Mrs. Coleman
Group of the Jewish Wel- ject, the division's research with her costume are, from
and planning for the project
fare Federation."
took two years of prepara- left: Mrs. Sally Levy, chair-
In its 36 years of existance, tion. During that time a man of the project, and Mrs.
the division has not changed pilot program for children Linda Gershenson.
* * *
its purpose much; it has only in grades 1-3 was compiled
which is
widened its scope.
by professional teachers. A
The division is directed by local advertising agency de- partly acomplished through
a president, a chairman of signed a logo (symbol) for- its liaison committee.
The liaison committee fa-
the executive committee, two the program and developed
vice presidents, four mem- a burn prevention kit for miliarizes the young adult
Jewish community with the
bers at large and a board of parents and children.
directors comprised of about
The pro gram reached agencies of the total Jewish
35 members.
about 700 children in four community, according to Bar-
Elections are held yearly schools in Southfield," Mrs. bara Kosit. Junior Division
with candidates for division Levy said. When the program liaison committee members
offices chosen by a nominat- ended, critique sheets were sit on Federeation agency
ing committee appointed by sent to the schools, parents boards and present their
ideas. Information aboutFed-
and children.
the president.
"The response was fan- eration activities is brought
With offices housed in the
Fred M. Butzel Building at tastic," Mrs. Levy said. back to the Junior DiVision
163 Madison, the Junior Di- "There were rave notices, for consideration.
•Wha t does Lumberg, as -
vision publishes its own mon- and from all the critiques
thly newsletter "The Half- there was not one suggested president, see as the greatest
need of the Junior Division?
Penny Post."
"Membership is important.
Division members have
Prospective members are
offered an opportunity to also tutored students in the I would like to see more
meet other Jewish young Detroit Public School System. young people involved and
adults at division open meet- United Hebrew School buses more of a cross section," he
. ings held seven times a year. picked up children three said
"I would like to see The
At the open meetings a guest times a week and took them
speaker is invited to discuss to Temple Israel where 50 Junior Division involve a
an "issue with which people volunteers helped them with maximum number of Jewish
young adults in the organized
may not be familiar," accord- their studies.
I want
But the major focus of the Jewish commute
ing to Ellen Schmier, lec-
to re-
division . as set out in its the Junior Di\
ture series chairperson.
Although many topics are constitution is fund-raising. spond as much a_ e - assible to
Each year the division par- the needs. of Jewish young
strictly Jewish, there have
been topics of general in- ticipates in the Allied Jewish adults in Detroit."

At the adoption of its consti-
tution in 1938 the group be-
came the JuniorSect ion of
the Detroit Service Group of
the Federation, and in the
early 1950's, the Junior Divi-
sion which today numbers
more than 200.
As stated in its constitu-
tion, the original purpose of
the division was "to provide
for the Jewish community of

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