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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-07-15

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48 Friday, July 15, 1977

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Oak Park Viewed as 'Model City' in Its Tasks
to Achieve Community Stabilization

iContinued from Page 1)
"The group, including my-
self, have met with Coun-
cilwoman Charlotte Roth-
stein, Mayor David Shep-
herd anct Councilman Sid-
ney Shayne. We have been
in constant dialogue and ac-
tively working with the city
officials on tangible ways
they can support us.
"The city council is con-
tinually seeking ways to
focus in on our concerns.
They too _are interested in
putting forth a total commu-
nity effort and involvement
by all groups within the
city.
"As a long time resident
myself," Gordon added,
"people tend to forget that
residents of Oak Park not
only have nice homes, but
they also have a unique

community. It has more to
offer in terms of education,
recreation and services
than any other suburban
community in this area.
Where else can you live
where you and your kids
are within five minutes of
schools, synagogues,
churches, shopping, free
concerts and lectures, and
public library, skating rink,
pool, tennis courts, park,
ball fields, public transpor-
tation, medical facilities,
prompt public safety respon-
ses and yes, city offices
too!
"We all know about the
great programs for our chil-
dren, but what about the fa-
cilities for my parents and
other senior citizens? They
can walk to their synagogue
or churdi. Shopping is right

at hand. Where else could
they own their home or live
in an apartment and re-
ceive so many services?
Our senior citizens program
in Oak Park even provides
daily activities, meals and
transportation."
Oak Park Mayor Pro-
Tern Mrs. Rothstein affirms
the positive views of her fel-
low-council-members in the
confidence that rejection of
prejudices, realistic in-
tegration and community
pride will assure for her
city the stability for which
SCOPA is striving. "We are
a model city and, therefore,
can not abandon aspiration
for and retention of our
high goals for standards al-
ready attained," she said.
She pointed to the cultural
program, the musical

Jewish Center Gains Momentum
in Advancing Cultural Programs

(Continued from Page 1)
Planning for the Novem-
ber Book Fair, the impres-
sive art exhibition, cor-
rected health department
and other services are list-
ed as assurances that the
Jewish Center here will re-
tain the highest standards
for cultural, recreational
and other services.
The explanatory state-
ment indicating uninter-
rupted expansion of the Jew-
ish Center programming as-
serts as follows:
"The area of senior adult
programming at the Center
continues to expand and
have 850 members at the
present time. Our senior
adult camp, held at Butzel
Conference Center in Camp
Tamarack, has been extend-
ed this year to six one-week
sessions; there are more so-
cial cultural and recreation-
al programs than ever be-
fore. A senior adult who
wishes to spend five full
days a week at the 10 Mile
Branch could do so and par-
ticipate in continuous pro-
, gramming all day, with a
toreak for coffee and rolls at
mid-morning and lunch at
noon.
"Our programs for the re-
tarded continue on a high
level with a large group of
active participants.
"The Hebrew Department
enrolled 75 adults in its sum-
mer program and projects
that 125 will enroll for the
fall session.
"In addition, our educa-
tional activities have drawn
some 2,000 persons; chil-
dren, teens, tweens and
adults in a variety of class
activities.
"The
Parent-Toddler
Group, too, continues to
grow and function actively
and constructively, with 550
different sets of parents and

toddlers particpating each
semester.
"A variety of programs
were offered to some 1,700
youngsters through our sum-
mer program, and we con-
tinue to serve the needs of
the community and our
12,500 members. Approx-
imately 20 percent of the
membership are on adjusted
fees, and 13 of those in sum-
mer programs participate
because of available scholar-
ships.
"The Center's Cultural
Arts Department continues
to plan new and diversified
programs and activities. Art
exhibits are held throughout

the year and an afternoon
and evening movie series
has been developed for both
adults and children.
Halil lessons as well as
classes in sculpture, art,
dance and the newly cre-
ated theater group, are
available. In addition,
there are classes in Jewish
studies, speed reading, mem-
ory improvement, baking,
kosher cooking and a pro-
gram in conjunction with
Wayne State University on
"How to be Single and Live
Happily." A Weight Watch-
ers program has recently
been added to the Center's
schedule of activities.

Dallas Site of Federation Event

NEW YORK—Crucial de-
velopments in the Middle
East, the harassment of So-
viet Jews, and programs to
combat the energy crisis at
home will be priority issues
on the agenda of the 46th
general assembly of the
Council of Jewish Feder-
ations (CJF), to be held
Nov. 9-13, in Dallas, Texas.
The five-day assembly
will be attended by 2,000
Jewish leaders and Feder-
ation representatives from
the U.S. and Canada, who
will also consider items of
local, national and inter-
national concern affecting
North American Jewry.
Several sessions will be
devoted to the implications
of the new administrations
in both Israel and the U.S.
in the quest for peace, as
well as serious deliber-
ations on the imprisonment
of Soviet Jews, pressures to
fulfill the Helsinki com-
mitments and pressures for
the rights and emigration of
Jews.
Workshops on energy con-
servation, with the goal of
launching a massive don-

servation drive in Jewish
communities and organiza-
tions throughout the nation,
will draw on help from Is-
raeli solar energy experts.
Other key sessions will in-
dude community relations
issues affecting the Middle
East; overseas needs; com-
munity policies on Soviet
Jewish resettlement; final
plans for the 1978 commu-
nity campaigns in coopera-
tion with UJA, and dele-
gates' actions on resolu-
tions and CJF's program,
budget and dues.

Tribute to Begin

NEW YORK—Prime Min-
ister Menahem Begin of Is-
rael, who will be in the
United States this week for
meetings with President
Jimmy Carter will be the
guest of honor at a national
dinner of welcome and trib-
ute in New York Thursday,
under the auspices of the Is-
rael Bond Organization, it
was announced today by
Sam Rothberg, general
chairman.

events, the concerts that
have become means of solid-
ifying the city.
She said that the 2,000
who attended a concert that
was directed by Valter
Poole, the 1,500 who were
at a concert directed by
Eric Rosenow, gave proof
of the "wholesomeness of
our community."
"Young families are mov-
ing into Oak Park." Mrs.
Rothstein contends. Why?
Her explanation is the
school system, the excel-
lence of educational pro-
gramming, and the proof is
in the large number of high
school graduates who pur-
sue collegiate studies. She
believes the Oak Park ratio
of youth entering univer-
sities on their merits may
be the highest in the land.
"It is our excellent school
system that makes us
strong," Mrs. Rothstein
said, "and we expect it to
keep our community in-
tact."
OPCCO, the Oak Park
Council of Community Or-
ganizations is given basic
credit for cultural achieve-
ments.
Mrs. Rothstein points to a
schedule of activities, in be-
half of the senior citizens
as having attained progress
for Oak Park.
Among the activities for
senior adults are indoor
games, bowling, arts and
crafts, hearing and exercise
classes, speakers, movies,
swimming, trips, dances,
concerts and shopping
trips.
At a planning meeting of
the VaadHarabonim, John
Shepherd, president of the
Jewish Community Council
said he saw a need to bi;ng
in experts to assess the situ-
ation in Oak Park.
The Vaad voted to ask
the Jewish Community
Council to call a meeting of
organizations and syna-
gogues in the Oak Park
area affected by the issue.
An ad hoc committee was
set up under the chairman-
ship of Gordon to work on
the situation.
Some hope is attached by
the Council of Orthodox
Rabbis to the pioneering ef-
forts of the ad hoc com-
mitee. Discussion at meet-
ings of the ad hoc com-
mittee have concerned
ways of making Oak Park a
better known community to
potential residents, neigh-
borhood stabilization and
community involvement.
Oak Park Mayor David
Shepherd stressed the need
for a total Oak Park com-
munity effort, not just a
Jewish effort.
Thus a combination of fac-
tors adds up to a total of ef-
forts summarized by the
single word "stabilization."
The socially conscious wish
to believe that these efforts
will serve as guides for
Southfield as well, and for
scores of communities hith-
erto affected by changing
neighborhoods whose reten-
tion of guarantees to safe-
guard equilibrium of cities,
avoid panic and in the proc-
ess make a very great con-
tribution to the steadfast-
ness of America and her
citizens of all faiths and
races. —P.S.

Boris Smolar's

'Between You
... and Me'

Editor-in-Chief
Emeritus, JTA

(Copyright 1977, JTA, Inc.)

JEWISH GIVING: Matan B'seser—anonymous giving of
charity—is one of the highest tenets in- Jewish ethics. Giv-
ing "maaser"—a tenth of one's income—for charity, is a
Biblical tenet. One can now find both categories among
Jewish givers in the United States.
The late Jewish philanthropist Jacob Schiff, who fol-
lowed Jewish traditions, was very persistent on having 10
percent of his income deducted for Jewish charitable pur-
poses. Another great American Jewish philanthropist,
Julius Rosenwald, told me that he does not know actually-
how much he gives a year for Jewish causes, but that r.
is certain that his contributions meet with the tenet
"maaser," in which he believes. Actually this was a mod-
est understatement because I know that his Jewish contri-
butions always exceeded 10 percent of this income.
William Rosenwald, like his father, is following the tradi-
tion of quiet giving. He is one of the largest givers to the
United Jewish Appeal, but never wants to see his gift re-
ported publicly. So is the Warburg family. The late Felix
Warburg once good-naturedly pointed in his office to a
wall of steel boxes. "This is," he said, "my 57 Heinz Varie-
ty." He jokingly implied that he contributed to at least 57
various causes. He saw to it that no publicity is given to
his large donations, not even to the yearly contribution
which he made to the Joint Distribution Committee of
which he was one of the founders and chairman for many
years. This tradition is also being maintained now by Ed-
ward M. Warburg, his son, one of the top Jewish leaders,
highly respected not only in this country but also in Israel
and throughout the entire Jewish world.
CULTURAL GIVING: One of the modest big givers in
American Jewry is Abraham Goodman. He contributes to
many and varied Jewish causes, bqt his favorite cause is
promotion of Hebrew culture. It can be said that he, as an
individual, did more for promoting Hebrew culture in this
country than some of the Jewish organizations engaged in
this field.
An ardent Zionist, and involved in helping projects in Is-
rael, he was the founder and president of the ZOA Founda-
tion and held other leadership positions in the American Zi-
onist movement. Several years he and his brother, Jack,
gave $1 million for the Tarbut Foundation for the Advance-
ment of Hebrew Culture, of which he is practically alone
in financial support. He helped fundamentally in the estab-
lishment and expansion of the Brandeis Institute in Califor-
nia which has acquired national reputation as the best in-
stitution where young men and women of college age who
were never exposed to Jewish life learn intense Jewish liv-
ing. He is now negotiating for a suitable place to build a
similar institute on the East Coast centrally located to the
Jewish communities in New York, New, Jersey and New
England.
His latest and most dramatic gift is a $2,500,000 contribu-
tion toward the erection of a building in New York dedica-
ted to various phases of Jewish cultural activity. The land
for this building was purchased by the Hebrew Art School
for Music and Dance for $1 million. The building, located
near the Lincoln Center on Manhattan's West Side, is now
under construction and will be completed next year. It will
be named "The Abraham Goodman House" and will house
under one roof the Tarbut Foundation and the Hebrew Art
School, in both of which he is actively involved. The build-
ing, which will be one of the greatest Jewish cultural cen-
ters in the United States, will have a great concert hall, a
chamber music hall and no fewer than 22 studios for
music and dance. A special section of the building will be
dedicated to the commemoration of the Holocaust.
Goodman is a member of the board of directors of vari-
ous Jewish bodies, is also a member of the board of the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency and serves also as its treas-
urer. Among his efforts in the field of Jewish education
and culture, he is financing this summer's apprenticeship
courses which the JTA gives each summer to students
seeking to specialize in the field of Jewish journalism in
order to join later the staffs of English-Jewish pu
lications, or Jewish organizations.
A product of East European "shtetl" education that com-
bined his Yiddish upbringing with a thorough knowledge of
Hebrew, Goodman came with his parents and other mem-
bers of his family from a small town near Rovno, in the
Ukraine, to the United States in his early youth. None of
the newcomers spoke a word of English and they found
themselves penniless in the teeming ghetto of New York's
Lower East Side. As the older son, Abraham spent the day
behind a pushcart helping the family eke out a living by
selling shoelaces and haircombs. At night, however, he
studied at New York University's School of Commerce
from which he later received his diploma. After his gradu,
ation he made a far-reaching decision: to organize a fam-
ily business to manufacture the very goods they had been
selling. H. Goodman & Sons was then founded and contin-
ued to thrive under Abe Goodman's leadership. Today the
firm is one of the world's largest suppliers of plastic mer-
chandise.

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