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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-03-04

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Friday, March 4, 1983 21

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Jewish Elderly from. Detroit Feted on Purim

Forty-three elderly resi-
dents of Detroit's inner-city
shared in the joy of Purim
and discovered they are not
forgotten Jews after all.
Clients of the Jewish
Vocational Service's Project
Outreach program were in-
vited by the Adat Shalom
Sisterhood to a Purim party
in their honor on Feb. 21.
Plans began two months
ago following an article in
The Jewish News describ-
ing the Volunteers for Iso-
lated People (VIP) program.
The article, which stressed
Volunteer Saul Brenner, at left, presents shalakh
the plight of the more than manot to Nathan Haskell.
* * *
200 Jews living in inner-
city nursing homes and tee walked among the changed and the sound of
adult care facilities, was haverim, serving a Purim Purim songs filled the
credited with bringing in 30 lunch that included the synagogue social hall.
new volunteers to the pro- traditional haman-
The luncheon was not the
gram.
tashen. At the same time, end of the party, though. As
Project Outreach was they answered the ques- the JVS clients were helped
initiated in 1980 with a tions of their guests into their coats, volunteers
grant from the Jewish about the synagogue and distributed "shalakh
Community Foundation the holiday that revealed manot," bags of gifts
of United Jewish a religious and cultural supplied by synagogue
Charities, the senior gap widened by the years members and area
agency of the Jewish of isolation. Hands were businesses, then assembled
Welfare Federation. (JVS held, hugs and kisses ex- by JVS volunteer Saul
is a member agency of
JWF and receives Allied
Jewish Campaign funds.)
"Our new volunteers
. have made it possible to ex-
pand our services," accord-
NEW YORK (JTA) — A death" for his experimenta-
ing to Faye Menczer, Project leading Methodist scholar tions on Jewish inmates in
Outreach staff coordinator. and author asserted that
possessed two
"For one thing, we have the Holocaust, while a Auschwitz,
doctorates and was edu-
been able to start a search cataclysm in the history of cated in "the greatest uni-
campaign to reach addi- the Jewish people, also "re-
tional isolated members of mains , a massive event in versities of the world."
Referring to what he
our community."
the life and death of Chris- termed a "credibility crisis
New volunteers Alan tians."
of Christianity," Littell said
Gordon and Helene Stuts-
"When the Christians
ker have a list of 300 area understand the meaning of that "six million Jews . . .
adult foster care homes they the Holocaust and what it were murdered in the heart
are calling for information reveals of the spiritual con- of Christendom by baptized
on possible Jewish resi- dition of Christendom, Christians." Noting that
dents. They keep track of_ they will mourn it more these Christians were never
the responses and turn than the Jews," the scholar, excommunicated nor re-
them over to the JVS staff. Dr. Franklin Littell, profes- buked by the church, he de-
In the past three years, sor of religion at Temple clared: "Adolph Hitler died
the Project Outreach staff University and correspond- a church tax-paying Roman
has been able to identify ing member of the Institute Catholic to the end."
Littell, - the author of 20
more than 200 isolated per- of Contemporary Jewry at
sons, of whom 175 are now the Hebrew University in books and 275 major arti-
cles and a member of the
taking an active part in the Jerusalem, said.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial
"haverim" (Friends) pro-
His comments were made
gram. They are visited by to-more than 2,000 people Council, said the Holocaust
volunteers at least once a who attended the first pub- "must never be idle conver-
month, although one volun- lic dialogue on the "Origins sation. It must never be
teer makes weekly visits to of the Holocaust: entertainment. It must be
his four haverim in the East Christian-Jewish Relations in the context of saving
lives." He added: "We must
Grand Boulevard area.
in Historical and Contem- speak the truth that we
Although they are porary Perspective," spon- know and the lessons to be
asked to make only a two- sored by the Holocaust Sur- drawn from it."
or three-hour commit- vivors Memorial Founda-
ment a month, volunteer tion, at Avery Fisher Hall ACLU Studies
Bob Singer finds his re- last week.
cent retirement allows
The dialogue, moder- Police Files on
him to do much more.
ated by NBC-TV News JDL, Nazis
diplomatic correspon-
It was Singer who came
The American Civil
up with the idea of having a dent Marvin Kalb, also Liberties Union has been
volunteer on each bus used featured Prof. Yehuda given 248 pages of files by
by JVS to transport the Bauer of the Hebrew the Southfield police on the
clients to Adat Shalom. "I University; Prof. Raul activities of the New Jewish
felt it would/be beneficial to Hilberg of the University Idea, the Jewish Defense
both SEMTA (who supplied of Vermont; and Prof. League and neo-Nazi
part of the service) and the Krister Stendahl of the groups at demonstrations in
Harvard University Di- Oak Park and Southfield
haverim," Singer said.
the last two years.
Mrs. Menczer agreed that vinity School.
Littell contended that
The ACLU obtained the
the clients would find the
there exists a "credibility materials under the Free-
idea helpful.
crisis" within the church
"It's very unsettling for and the educational system. dom of Information Act
these people to come out to He pointed out that the after it received separate
the programs," she said. Holocaust was "planned, complaints from the groups
"Those who have agreed to supervised and about police surveillance at
attend sometimes get cold rationalized" by men and the demonstrations.
Southfield police would
feet at the last minute and women who supported the
not disclose the contents of
refuse to leave their homes.
Nazi ideology and who had
Seeing a familiar face.can graduated from the univer- the material. ACLU attor-
ney James Lafferty is study-
help with the problem."
sity systems of Europe.
ing the documents.
He noted that the notori-
Roz Katzman, program
vice preSident of the sis- ous Dr. Joseph Mengele,
Who escapes a duty,
known as the "angel of avoids a gain.
terhood, and her commit-

Brenner.
The bags contained
noisemakers, haman-
tashen, fruit, soap, makeup
and perfume for the ladies,
cologne and ties for the men.
As the haverim filed out
of the synagogue, boarding
buses that would take them
back to Detroit, they blew
kisses to their hostesses,
one of whom summed up the
feeling of the day: "This,"
she said, "is the greatest
mitzva we have done." --

David Salisbury Franks
participated in the negotia-
tions in Paris in 1784 on the
ratification of the peace
treaty between England
and America.

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