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November 18, 1983 - Image 67

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-11-18

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Friday, November 18, 1983 61

Federation Hadracha Program Trains Future Communal Leaders

A group of young Jewish
professionals and
businessmen boarded a bus
recently for a first-hand
look at the needs of Detroit's
Jewish community.
The men are members of
the Hadracha (from the He-
brew "to lead") leadership
development program spon-
sored by the Jewish Welfare
Now in its fifth year, the
program is chaired by Irwin
M. Alterman and Michael S.
Feldman, co-chairman.

Through Hadracha,
emerging young leaders
study the scope of serv-
ices provided through
Federation and its
member agencies, with
the help of the Allied
Jewish Campaign. The
program also provides
participants with an in-
depth view of Jewish
communal life in Detroit
and in Israel.

Meeting recently at the
Jewish Community Cen-
ter's Jimmy Prentis Morris
Branch, they shared lunch
and ideas.
Tour guides Ellen Labes,
Women's Division
president, and Susan Cit-
rin, vice president, provided
a history of Federation and
its 16 agencies, describing
their evolution in response
to human needs. They spoke
in numbers — of the 1,600
children and teenagers who
participated in Fresh Air
Society programs last
summer, and of the 600 who
were scholarship recipients;
of the 4,000 families helped
by Jewish Family Service
last year; and of the sum-
mer's 1,100 campers at the
Jewish Community Center.
They also spoke of the
thousands of volunteers
who donate their time and
service to lend a hand to
Federation, its social serv-
ice programs and the Allied
Jewish Campaign.
Federation President Joel
Tauber stressed the impor-
tance of leadership de-
velopment. He cited his own
involvement, beginning
with Young Adult Division,
of which he was president,

units in Oak Park, soon will
have a triplet: the 103-unit
Hechtman Apartments at

The highlight of the Had-
racha program is a 10-day
mission to Israel, planned
for early next year. Partici-
pants will study the country
in depth, meet its people,
discuss its problems, and
learn how American Jews
can help Israel meet its
many challenges.
The 1984 Hadracha par-
ticipants are: Jeffrey B.
Aisen, Norman D. Ash,
Robert A. Berlow, Barry R.
Bess, Robert L. Bodack,

James August, chair-
man of Federation's
community services di-
vision, who described the
budgeting and allocating
process, spoke of the im--
portance of increased
Campaign support to
meet the needs of Jews at
home, abroad, and in Is-

Douglas M. Etkin, Fred L.
Goldenberg, William
Graham, Norman A.
Horowitz, David Jaffa, Alan
Jay Kaufman, Bernard
Kent, Gerald E. Naftaly and
Allen R. Wolf.


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Hadracha participant William Graham, right,
pauses to chat about the activities for senior citizens
at the Jewish Community Center's Jimmy Prentis
Morris Branch.

and how he "came up
through the ranks." He told
the Hadracha group of the
importance of "tzedaka," of
helping fellow Jews, and of
speaking out and
strengthening themselves
as individuals and as part of
a people.

From Elaine Zaks,
supervisor of child and
family services for
Jewish Family Service,
Hadracha members
learned how JFS coun-
selors work with indi-
viduals, families and
groups, assisting with
adoption proceedings,
placing senior adults in
group residence apart-
ments and helping im-
migrants resettle.

Robert Slatkin, himself a
graduate and previous co-
chairman of Hadracha,
called the Jewish Commu-
nity Center, of which he is a
board member, "more than
just an athletic facility, but
a place where our people can
also gather for educational
and cultural enrichment in
a Jewish atmosphere."
Other facts the group
picked up:
• The Jewish Vocational
Service's Oak Park facility
has one of the most corn-

prehensive employment re-
source centers in Oakland

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