Friday, July 17, 1981
THE DETROITTJEWISH NEWS:,
TO PLEASURE ...
Hamilton Place Athletic Club in South-
field is offering the Hamilton Place
Leisure Plan Membership. Tennis, swim-
ming, track, sandy beach, Golden Mushroom
Chef Milos and more - yours now at
affordable leisure plan rates. Join
Hamilton Place now thru Monday
and save 1/3 off. The Leisure Plan
- Your ticket to year round
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PLACE . . . MON.
JULY 20th 7 p.m.
owner. Reid Ashton,
acclaimed Chef Milos,
will also be directing
at Hamilton Place. Join
Now and taste the
30333 Southfield Rd.
(Between 12 and 13 Mile Roads)
Call or stop in anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
. . . and Me'
(Copyright 1981, JTA, Inc.)
COMMUNITY BUILDERS: In the democratic spirit
of the American tradition, presidents of Jewish organiza-
tions are elected for a limited term of service in that posi-
tion. However, they remain in the highest echelon of the
policy-making body of the organization. The rotating sys-
tem serves to bring forth new personalities into top leader-
ship from the ranks of committed membership.
Different is the status of executive vice preside
They are the professionals who conduct the day-to-WI
work. They are the spark plugs of the organization, plan-
ning programs and seeing to it that the policy laid down by
the lay leadership is carried out. They remain in their
positions until they retire. This is only natural. Jewish
communal life is based to a great extent on the abilities of
the executive vice presidents.
One such able vice president who is now retiring after
some 35 years of active service is Robert I. Hiller, affection-
ately called "Bob" by his friends. His record of initiative
and achievement in the field of communal work is very
high. He especially distinguished himself as executive vice
president in the Baltimore Jewish Federation. Prior to
coming to Baltimore he served as executive vice president
of the Pittsburgh Jewish Federation from 1956 to 1965, and
as associate director of the Cleveland Federation. He began
his professional career in Detroit. He helped prepare many
professionals for chief executive and department head posi-
tions with major Jewish federations.
During the 14 years which Hiller served as profes-
sional head of the Baltimore Jewish Federation, he
provided and directed consultations to national and
international organizations engaged in self-studies
and reorganization. They included the Council of
Jewish Federations, the Joint Distribution Commit-
tee and the Jewish Welfare Board. In Baltimore,
Hiller introduced important innovations in the
Jewish community. Among other projects, he de-
veloped the concept for the Institute for Jewish Com-
munal Service — a dual master's degree program in
social work and Jewish studies conducted jointly by
the University of Maryland and the Baltimore He-
brew College. He has also served on the faculty and on
the advisory board of the University of Maryland
School of Social Work.
A DISTINGUISHED MISSION: Two years ago he
decided to retire. But the American Jewish community did
not want to lose him. The Council of Jewish Federations,
the central body of all the federations in the U.S. and
Canada, induced him to succeed the extremely talented
professional leader Philip Bernstein, who at that time de-
cided to retire from his position as executive vice president
of the CJF — which recognized his contribution to Ameri-
can Jewish communal life by establishing a Philip Berns-
tein Training Center for Federation Personnel. Hiller ac-
cepted the offer, but only on condition that he hold this
highly selective and prestigious post for not more than two
The two years are now expiring and "Bob," very satis-
fied with what he has accomplished for the federation
movement during this short period of time, is turning over
his mantle to Carmi Schwartz — a noted federation profes-
sional leader — himself remaining a consultant.
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