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October 30, 1981 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-10-30

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

20 Friday, October 30, 1981

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Needs of Washtenaw Jewish Community
Are Reported in a Major Survey

An assessment of Jewish the children under 18 reside
community needs in in single-parent house-
Washtenaw County was holds.
• A total of 55 percent of
conducted recently. The
the respondents or their
study,
which
was homes,
based o, spouses have relatives in
interviews
in 180
the local or Detroit area.
revealed the following facts
• Although Ann Arbor is
about Jews in Washtenaw
characterized as a transient
County:
community, some 23 per-
• The median age is 31.
have 20
resided
there for
cent than
• Nearly 90 percent of more
years.
the adults were college
• Nearly 33 percent
graduates or higher.
identified themselves as Re-
• Some 20 percent of the
form, 41 percent Conserva-
adults were students.
tive, three percent Or-
• A total of 13 percent in
thodox and 23 percent
the sample live alone.
• Some 19 percent of the other.
elderly live alone and only
• A total of 14 percent
25 percent of those are with were affiliated with Cong.
local family.
Beth Emeth, 28 percent
• Nearly 13 percent of Cong. Beth Israel, one per-

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cent Orthodox minyan, six
percent Cultural School, six
percent other Jewish organ-
izations only (e.g. Hadas-
sah), two percent belong to
congregations elsewhere.
• Some 43 percent of the
households have no congre-
gational membership. Of
the non-affiliated, two per-
cent identify as Orthodox,
26 percent as Conservative,
33 percent Reform and 39
percent as secular.
• Some 30 percent of
marriages are intermar-
riage with only seven per-
cent involving conversion.
• Of the 117 ideas of-
fered, 32 percent were re-
quests for community-wide
programs, 24 percent were
requests for services for
children and teens; 14 per-
cent were for services for the
elderly, 10 percent were for
newcomer programs, better
communication; nine per-
cent were for the programs
for young adults (both
single and couples), nine
percent for older singles;
and two percent for single-
parent family programs.
• When asked to rank
programs as to importance
to the local Jewish commu-
nity, respondents ranked
services to the elderly as
highest, those for children
and teens next, communica-
tions programs third, and
religious facilities fourth.
• When asked what pro-
grams they would most use,
cultural programs rated
highest, the communication
area second, a central meet-
ing place for all age groups
with community wide ac-
tivities third, and religious
facilities fourth.
Following the study, a
planning committee was
formed to make recom-
mendations to the
Washtenaw County Jewish
Community Council for its
action on each of the" needs
cited in the survey.

The desirability of estab-
lishing new Jewish
community-wide cultural
events that bring the di-
verse elements of the com-
munity together received
strong endorsement. Efforts
are under way to create a
permanent body to sponsor
further educational and cul-
tural programs of a Jewish
nature.
The activities for youth
explored were establishing
an all-city high school, a
city-wide cultural arts pro-
gram (perhaps starting
with a youth theater); and
use of a central meeting
place.

Programs and services
for the elderly also re-
ceived attention from the
committee. Meetings
were held on-site with
staff of the Borman Hall
in Detroit and Darlington
House in Toledo.

For further information

about the study and/or join-
ing any of the committees,
contact Robert Silver,
Chair, Washtenaw County
Jewish Community Coun-
cil, 971-9250.

A minute's success pays

the failure of years.
—Robert Browning

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