16 Friday, May 2, 1980
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Plan to attend the
51st ANNIVERSARY BANQUET
The Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit
Wednesday, May 14th at 6 P.M.
Guest Speaker: Rabbi Berel Wein, Dear) of Yeshiva Shaarey Torah of Monsey, New York
Jewish Community Center, W. Bloomfield, Michigan
For reservations and information call 559 5005
Judge Avern Cohn
Irwin I. Cohn
John D. Daniels
Royal A. Oppenheim
in memory of Morris & Rose Pollack
in memory of Joseph Reifman
Al, Sarah & Jeffrey
Dr. Arnold Zuroff
To Members of
Many Jews overlook the fact
that the Vaad, in addition to
overseeing Kashruth and other
functions, performs mediation
services for the Jewish Corn-
From the time of Moses, mem-
bers of the Jewish Community
have had an institution that
maintains justice with godliness
--trust and good will through
divine power overcomes the
compulsion and constraint of
Louis Brandeis recognized the
great value of mediation during
his illustrious career as both
lawyer and juror. He employed
its use as a legitimate means of
In my opinion the Council of
Orthodox Rabbis has been the
foundation for a religious
approach in all aspects of life.
Their work is most certainly the
answer to the moral depravity
and degeneration that has
engulfed our society.
We look to the Vaad Harabonim
for a richer existence toward
Left to right: Rabbi Shaiall Zachariash, Rabbi Feivel Wagner, Rabbi Yehezkel Grubner,
Rabbi Joshua Sperka, Rabbi Leizer Levin, Rabbi Yaakov Gordon
The aims and purposes of the VAAD HARABONIM are to consolidate the spiritual life of our Jewish community and to
fortify Jewish values. The main areas in which it labors are as follows:
KASHRUTH: The Vaad Harabonim renders reliable and uniform Kashaith supervision over all establishments that cater to
the needs of the Jewish population.
The council supervises 5 bakeries, 9 caterers, 5 animal & poultry slaughter houses including 7 shochim, 7 individual
manufacturing plants, 1 Cholov Yisroel plant, 12'retail butcher shoos. olus Sinai Hospital, Federation Apartments. Jewish
Community Center Cafeteria and Federation Kitchen Butzel Building. Precise and scientific information on Kosher
products is readily available.
is the local symbol of Kashruth certification.
BETH DIN: In the tradition of our people, the Vaad offers to any individual or group an opportunity to settle differences
before a Rabbinical Court (Beth Din) rather then resorting to litigation in a civil court. Inquiries regarding Jewish law and
ritual are expertly answered. The Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit was successful in resolving 58 litigations
and 62 divorce proceedings during the past year. -
FAMILY COUNSELING: A Rabbi is always available to counsel on marital problems, family relations and personal
ADOPTIONS: Last year 41 adoptions were guided to proper and complete acceptance of our faith. It is very important
that following process of civil adoption, Jewish parents be aware of the need to contact the Vaad for further guidance.
CONVERSIONS: A number of candidates have come before the Beth Din of the Vaad. Each case was examined and
studied thoroughly, and when all the Halachik requirements were met, the candidate for conversion WAS accepted and a
certificate of conversion was issued. Forty six applications were processed of which 12 were accepted.
CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM: To ameliorate the complex problems of the aged in our community, the Vaad Harabonim
designate Rabbis as Chaplains who regularly visit and provide religious services to our nursing homes, convalescent
homes and hospitals.
LIBRARY: A Rabbinic reference library has been established and is available to the entire Jewish community.
PUBLICATIONS: Bulletins and brochures bringing vital information to the community are being published from time
RUSSIAN JEWRY: The Council of Orthodox Rabbis makes it possible for Russian Jews arriving in our community to be
introduced to Kashrut and other Mitzvot. Special arrangements are made in setting up a Kosher kitchen and a subsidized
discount of 30% is made available for Kosher meat. Problems concerning marriage or circumcision and family life are also
handled by the Vaad in assisting these families.