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October 24, 1980 - Image 51

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-10-24

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

JARC Dedicates the New Gruskin Haverim Home

The newest Jewish Asso-
ciation for Retarded Citi-
zens Haverim Home was
dedicated Sunday afternoon
in the name of Rabbi and
Mrs. Solomon H. Gruskin.
Rabbi Gruskin, who with
his wife Gitel has devoted
more than three decades to
the needs of mental patients
throughout the state, placed
the mezuza on the doorpost
of the residence, at 27030
Devonshire, Southfield.
The JARC open house,
With President Norman
Wachler presiding over the
dedication, drew a crowd of
300 throughout the after-
noon. Cooperative Council
of the League of Jewish
Women's Organizations
hosted the event with
JARC.
Commenting on the
happy faces of the six De-

vonshire home residents,
Rabbi Gruskin said he
was "overshelmed, not
just because of the
beauty of this home but
because of the way these
children look. Six months
ago, I saw them in an in-
stitution, decrepit, old,
forlorn and foresaken .
When I see the beauty our
community is capable of
bringing to life, I say
there's so- much we can
do."

Four women and two
men, ages 38-61, live in the
Gruskin Haverim Home,
which opened in May. For
most of their lives, they
were patients at the Oak-
dale Center for Human De-
velopment in Lapeer. In
some cases, Rabbi and Mrs.
Gruskin were the only con-
tact with the Jewish corn-

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munity and, possibly, their
only visitors.
All of them are now in-
volved in the work activities
program at the Oak Park
office of Jewish Vocational
Service. The residents also
are active in the Jewish
Community Center's social
and recreational program.
This is the first JARC
home developed with
Macomb-Oakland Regional
Center, the agency in this
area representing the
Michigan Department of
Mental Health. Gail
Johnson, home manager,
heads a staff of seven.
Joyce Keller, executive
director of the JARC,
praised the staff, all spe-
cialists in group home
work, and the associa-
tion's board of directors
for their "effort and
energy" in meeting the
needs of the residents.
Wachler noted that the
occasion "didn't come about
by chance. It began 15 years
ago with a handful of par-
ents who recognized their
own mortality and the im-
poratnce of such residences
for their children.
"Despite efforts to
achieve this goal," Wachler

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Cong. Bnai David and
Rabbi Ernst Conrad of
Temple Kol Ami will pre-
sent a program on "The
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and a Liberal View" 12:30
p.m. Sunday at the Morris
Branch of the Jewish Com-
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The rabbis will address a
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Friday, October 24, 1980 51

WE SELL

Gitel Gruskin, left, and Joyce Keller, center,
watch Rabbi Solomon Gruskin attach the mezuza to
the doorpost of the new Gruskin Haverim Home. One
of the home's residents is at right.
said, "we're just touching Foundation of United
the surface. Our waiting list Jewish Charities. •
has 90 names."
The apartment program
Rabbi Gruskin, who was is designed to prepare, place
introduced by Cooperative and supervise high-
Council chairman Nettie functioning retarded per-
Deutch, noted that the sons in their own apart-
council had enabled him ments throughout the
and his wife to bring a community.
Jewish spirit into the lives
The JARC noted that
of hundreds of mental hos-
after tapping all available
pital patients.
Besides the Gruskin public sources of revenue
home, three Haverim the association will need to
Homes in Southfield and raise more than $100,000 in
Oak park house 18 resi- private contributions from
dents. In addition, 21 per- the community to maintain
sons are involved in the the quality of services cur-
JARC's semi- rently provided.
For information on the
independent apartment
program, currently being Jewish Association for Re-
funded by a grant from tarded Citizens, call the
the Jewish Community JARC office, 557-7650.

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Klutznick Defends Carter

Editor, The Jewish News:
President Carter has
stated repeatedly that Is-
rael is our friend and our
partner, affirming that Is-
rael's well-being is in our
strategic interest, 'and we
will never, never shrink
from that commitment."
The strength of that
commitment is clearly
demonstrated by the Carter
Administration's policies.
President Carter's adminis-
tration is committed to se-
cure and recognized borders
for Israel, an undivided
Jerusalem, and economic
and military aid to Israel.
The Carter Administra-
tion is committed to full
U.S. partnership or negotia-
tions leading to a com-
prehensive settlement in
the Middle East, and oppo-
sition to an independent
Palestinian state.
The President refuses
to recognize or negotiate
with the PLO unless it
first recognizes the right
of Israel to exist, accepts
UN Resolutions 242 and
338, and stops all acts of
terrorism against Israel.
As an adjunct to the
Israeli-Egyptian peace
treaty, the President
authorized a security
guarantee for Israel which
Prime Minister . Begin
called a "beautiful docu-

ment."- This memorandum
of agreement stipulated,
should the peace treaty be
violated, the United States
will support Israel with
necessary military and eco-
nomic assistance. It will
support Israel's right to
navigation and airspace
through and over the Strait
of Tiran and Gulf of Aqaba.
Finally, the U.S. will op-
pose any move in the United
Nations that adversely af-
fects the peace treaty.

.

Philip Klutznick
U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Jewish Prayer

Editor, The Jewish News:
Dr. Bailey Smith,
president of the Southern
Baptist Convention, who
proclaimed that "God Al-
mighty does not hear the
prayer of a Jew," should be
reminded of one fact: When
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