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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-09-21

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112 Friday, September 21, 1979

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Readying Community for Active 5740

Federation Dedicated to Services in All Areas,
Support for Israel and Aid for Russian Jews

By GEORGE ZELTZER

Among the special efforts expanded on their behalf
were
the enlarged budgets and addition of staff to Reset- tion and its agencies take additional strides in serving
If any quality explains the strength of the Jewish
increasing numbers of elderly persons in our
tlement
Service and Jewish Vocational Service, the in- the
People, it is optimism.
community.
crease
in
personnel
(largely
volunteer)
to
the
Jewish
Com-
Throughout centuries of oppression, the Jew always
Hopes are high for an October occupancy date for the
munity Center's English language program and a line of
has found the courage to look to the future and then, going
second Prentis Tower at Jewish Federation Apartments.
credit
made
available
by
United
Jewish
Charities
to
He-
One better, to work toward that future.
Motorists driving by the site on 10 Mile near Greenfield
brew Free Loan for its assistance to newcomers.
Nowhere is that faith and commitment seen more
have
observed with interest the progress on the handsome
We must not overlook the very active and even crucial new building
el°Q'.1 v than in the observance of the High Holy Days.
of 100 units.
roles
played
by
Sinai
Hospital
and
Fresh
Air
Society
in
the
i ltever the past year has been, we anticipate a better
At
the
same
time, the adjacent Jewish Commta
total process of resettlement and acculturation. Their role
We reflect, and we plan.
Center
is
undergoing
an expansion and facelift with an eye
here is another illustration of a greater involvement within
Looking back upon a year of communal
to serving a larger clintele. The extensive Jewish commu-
the
entire
Jewish
community
by
the
Federation
family
of
ndeavor, I am reminded of that Jewish characteris-
nity in the area, and especially the many senior citizens
agencies.
'-- .c. We can well be proud of our achievements and,
who
nearby or are bused to the Center, will benefit
In return, we are beneficiaries. Among them- from live
- es, of our ability to learn from our experience in
the new facilities and enhanced programming.
selves,
the
Russians
already
began
to
solicit
contribu-
:onfronting challenge.
I am most pleased that here, and in several other in-
tions for the Allied Jewish Campaign, realizing as
Certainly, when we speak of challenge, we must give
stances (notably the dredging of the major lake at Camp
they
did
so
that
the
services
at
their
disposal
could
not
ziority to the resettlement ofJews from the Soviet Union.
Tamarack-Ortonville and the initiation of a Jewish Voca-
have been possible without the Campaign.
At this time last year, we committed Detroit to stretch
tional
Service satellite workshop in Oak Park), we have
In that respect, they are like our parents' generation
.Ur
. resources in accepting 500 Russian Jews as part of a
been fortunate in enlisting the cooperation of the United
who
have
given
so
much
to
our
community.
noon-wide effort:
The task is far from over. We know that our challenge Foundation. Its assistance with our capital requirements
Reflecting on our own be-
in the coming year will be even greater, with the expected has made a major difference this year in our agencies'
ginnings as an immigrant reunification locally of additional hundreds of Soviet Jews.
ability to move ahead and complete important projects.
community, we accepted
Continuing growth in the level of allocations by
Our responsibility will be, first, to provide for their vital
our responsibility. We
needs and, then, to reach out and draw them into our United Community Services to those agencies we
didn't know for certain if Jewish civic life.
jointly fund is another key factor which enhances
they would come and, if they
Thus, we respond to shifting needs in the tradition of a their capability for improving needed programs and
did, whether we could do an
vital, strong community. As our population has changed reaching out to more families and individuals.
adequate job of absorption
over the years, so have our structures and programs.
In Oak Park, the nutrition program conducted at the
on such a large scale.
The completion of Detroit's year-long Jewish civic center continues with great success the kosher meals
But, a year later, I can
Education Study, with its important recom-
report the actual arrival mendations for our educational institutions, was one subsidized by Federation. In less than a year, 10,000 kosher
of 500 men, women and of those achievements which will require further luncheons have been served.
Yet another service for senior adults, the day program
children — perhaps more creativity and perseverance to implement.
at the Jewish Home for Aged, has proved to be very much in
by the end of this month.
Thee is a recognition that experimentation will be demand among those who live independently but ap-
Except for a few still com-
necessary as we involve more synagogue and day schools
f A,
ing from Poland and and other agencies in our planning with the communal preciate interesting activities, hot meals and warm com-
panionship, with shuttle service available. Some 50 per-
Romania, the majority system of past decades, the United Hebrew Schools.
sons took part in the program last year.
GEORGE ZELTZER
are from the largest cities
Federation now has the task to define and delineate
That senior citizens also have much to give to the
in the USSR: Kiev, the all-important
guidelines and standards governing community is demonstrated by their involvement in the
na, Moscow, Leningrad.
these new relationships and linkages between formal and Senior Service Corps, organized by the Jewish Vocational
It has not been easy, for them or for us. There are too
informal programs in Jewish education and culture.
Service. In the past 12 months, 51 of these volunteers gave
—many variables — housing, language, job, social adjust-
Movement will be gradual, but it is assured. Now, more of their time and skills to Federation member agencies,
ment, children's education. Nevertheless, the success
::stories are.nurneroUs, thanks to the desire and dedication of than ever, we are aware of the importance of a strong thus relieving staff for other duties.
educational and cultural experience to the future of Jewish
our
Federation resettlement agencies, community organ-
.
We remained sensitive to other needs. The recent
life. We must be up to that challenge.
, izations, lay and professional leaders, many other indi-
opening of the JVS satellite workshop in Oak Park,
Just
as
the
education
study
evidenced
our
con-
viduals and, of course, the immigrants themselves.
cern for Jewish youth and teen-agers, so did Federa- mentioned earlier, and the construction of day
camp facilities at the Jewish Community Center in
West Bloomfield point to the recognized necessity for
bringing a geographically dispersed community into
the Federation family.
By MOSHE RON
Rosenzweig. The couple circle and a circle visiting
The Jewish News Special
from Tira and others.
Exciting new pilot projects also were approved and will
emigrated to Israel in 1964. Jewish and Arab villages.
Israel Correspondent
The municipality of be tested this year. Separate Jewish Community Founda-
TEL. AVIV -- Dr. Rachel - Rachel studied the Old Union organizes summer Herzliya has organized a tion grants will help fund independent-living apartment
-0:4,weig was born a Testament and Jewish camps for Jewish and Arab joint summer camp with programs for the elderly and for retarded persons, and will
hristian and her studies at the Hebrew Uni- youths. It will hold a 12-day the Arab municipalities make possible the identification of the Jewish needs of
ista Gut. To- versity in Jerusalem and course for 40 Jewish and of Baka el Garabiya and mentally handicapped individuals living in the inner city.
-- ?rganiza- earned her PhD. She is the Arab teachers, instructors Tira with the aid of the
Funds for these demonstrations come from United
and social workers on the Israeli Education Minis- Jewish Charities, Federation's senior agency, which this

1 wants mother of three children.
problems of Jewish-Arab try. During the summer year will complete its eighth decade of service to the Jewish
era t i n
e ke eo I
She has published works co-existence.
Sy. gi? ct
krabs •
months 450 Arab and 500 community.
of her father-in-law, has
It is appropriate that during this anniversary year we
A
number
of
Jewish
and
Jewish children were in
'Protes- taught Hebrew to new im-
wx..alQgy in Germany migrants, as well as the Old Arab professors will lecture this camp. Every morn- will be placing special emphasis on the UJC Endowment
d became acquainted Testament and Jewish his- on political and scientific ing they are taken to it by Program. Already, Charities holds some 300 endowment
the Old Testament. tory. She lectures in a semi- problems, among them Dr. buses and stay in the funds, the newest established only last month at the inau-
gural meeting of the Holocaust Memorial Center Capital
her professors was nary preparing teachers for Yigal Ilam, lecturer on camp until afternoon.
and Endowment Fund.
Zionist history at Tel Aviv
inhold Mayer, a primary schools.
The managers and in-
The Holocaust Memorial Center, whose idea origi-
University, Dr. Sarni
ran who tried to
to anti-Semitic ten-
She, together with Jeraissi from Nazareth, structors in the camp are nated with Shaarit Haplaytah, local survivors of the Nazi
Arab teacher Nimer Mayid Elhagi from Shafr Jews and Arabs. The rela- period, will be constructed as a wing of the Jewish Commu-
in Christianity.
Assmir
from Haifa, heads Amr, Dr. Mussa Kreini tions between Jewish and nity Center at Maple and Drake. Its importance to lur
thider his influence
the
Union.
This organiza- from Yassif, Dr. Alex Arab children are very community — and to the general public — cannot hj
hrista started to take an
good. In the day rooms we emphasized. Zakhor — remember — is a watchword ot ,,ar
rest in the Jewish tion tries to decrease the Netzer from Raanana, found drawings and writ- involvement in this undertaking.
antagonism
between
Yehiel
Keller
and
Hava
pil e and the _state of Is-
Perhaps zakhor is at the root of much that we do. On
ings of the children about
1.: She read the works of Jews and Arabs in Israel. Katz from Tel Aviv, Prof. peace between the two
the national and international front, as well as at home, we
'-:Jewish philosopher It holds meetings be- Benjamin Yanuv from peoples.
respond to challenges with the special memory that only
riz Rosenzweig. Later tween different circles of Herzliya, Edna Zarizki from
our special people could have.
the two peoples.
Haifa,
Dan
Baron
from
Re-
married
his
son,
the
During
a
festive
celebra-
,
Ever sensitive to our government's foreign policy
vivim, Peter Elias Shakur tion in the camp, attended
,2economist
Raffael
There is a united youth
from Iblin, Rushdi Fadila by the mayors of Herzli- shifts, our community relations agencies and the
Jewish Community Council play a continuing role in
ya and the Arab villages, expressing
and protecting our vital concerns with re-
Jewish children demon-
spect to issues of peace in the Middle East and the
strated the Shabat rituals security
of Israel.
and Arab children those of
We are committed to the success of Project Renewal in
the Ramadan feast. The Israel, just as we are committed to the renewal of life for our
Jewish and Arab mayors
kissed and blessed the chil- brethren from the Soviet Union, to the remnant Jewish
dren. This seems to be the communities of Eastern Europe and North Africa and to
renewal of purpose on behalf of our youth and our aged, our
best way to pave a bridge of troubled
and our handicapped.
peaceful co-existence and
In
the
coming year, we will live up to those promises
friendship between Jews too, for such
is the nature of this Jewish community of
and Arabs in Israel.
Detroit. Our optimism will not fail us.

President, Jewish Welfare Federation of Detroit

1.

Friendship for Jews, Arabs Cemented by Convert

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