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November 25, 1983 - Image 78

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-11-25

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* * *
Nov. 16 — To Mr. and
Mrs. David S. Kolb (Debra
Weingart) of Southfield, a
son, Michael Scott.
* * *
Nov. 14 — To Dr. and
Mrs. Warren Brandes (Lisa
Friedenthal) of West
Bloomfield, a son, Ari
* * *
Nov. 12 — To Mr. and
Mrs. Bruce Garber (Gloria
Elfond), former Detroiters
of Santa Fe, N.M., a son,
Dustin Alan.

* * *

Nov. 10 — To Mr. and
Mrs. Don Rosenberg (Shel-
ley Rosenfeld) of Oak Park,
a son, Jason Ian.
* **
Nov. 4 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Ronald Uscher (former De-
troiter Sandra Hauer) of
Alexandria, Va., a daugh-
ter, Dawn Jennifer.
* * *
Nov. 4 — To former De-
troiters Mr. and Mrs. Craig
M. Cook (Carol Fox) of West
Lafayette, Ind., a son, Adam

* * *

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Nov. 3 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Dan Wiseley (former De-

troiter Sharon Hope Wein-
traub) of East Lansing, a
daughter, Lauren

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Jewish unemployment in
this country is a growing
problem despite an im-
proved economy. An esti-
mated 13-15 percent of the
total Jewish population is
economically disadvan-
taged and vulnerable.
Those most vulnerable are
workers over the age of 40
and working women in all
age brackets.


These are some of the
findings in a study the
American Jewish Commit-
tee submitted to represen-
tatives of the House Sub-
committee on Public
Assistance and Unem-
ployment Compensation
Committee on Ways and
Means. The representatives
met with Jewish communal
leaders during the 52nd
General Assembly of the
Council of Jewish Federa-
tions to discuss the effects of
federal budget cuts and un-
employment on Jews and
Jewish agencies.

The AJCommittee study,
"Jews on the Edge," pre-
sented a grim litany on the
growing problem of Jewish
unemployment and the
plight of the Jewish poor.
One of the consequences of
the current economic situa-
tion, it reported, is the
changing economic struc-
ture of American Jewry.
That structure, which
in the past was charac-
terized by a preponder-
ance of white collar and
professional workers, is _
turning around because
many in the public and
private sectors of the
economy are now un-
employed or undere-
mployed. This is leading
to a downward mobility.

The study also stated that
there is ongoing concern
about the implications of
growing Jewish joblessness
for Jewish continuity and
stability. "For one thing,
economic disadvantage
often leads to alienation or
disconnection from the
Jewish community," it
noted. "Reports from
around the country suggest
that memberships are down
in synagogues and com-
munal institutions."
It cited a statement by
Rabbi Ernst Conrad of
Temple Kol Ami in West
Bloomfield, Mich. that it is
young families of profes-
sionals, educators or busi-
ness people who are most af-
Another implication of
growing unemployment or
underemployment is the ef-
fect it is having on growing
numbers of educated young
Jews. Albert Ascher, the
executive director of the
Jewish Vocational Service
and Community Workshop
of Detroit, characterizes
this group as "a new genera-
tion of downwardly mobile
Jewish youth who now
doubt that their level of oc-
cupational achievement
will be equal to their pa-
A St. Louis demog-
raphic study done in

1981, when the jobless
rate was about three per-
cent of the Jewish popu-
lation, revealed that 58
percent of the un-
employed were male; 59
percent were under 35; 74
percent were in the
$25,000 income bracket;
64 percent were married;
62 percent were white
collar, 15 percent were in
sales; and 56 percent did
not belong to a
synagogue. "These data
were corraborated by
data collected in 1983
from the St. Louis
Employment and Voca-
tional Services," the AJ-
Committee study added.
According to a report
from the Atlanta Jewish
Vocational Service, cited in
the study, 33 percent of the
Jews who requested
employment help were
women under age 29. "Th-
ese data illustrate the spe-
cial vulnerability of Jewish
women who tend to have
less education and less oc-
cupational mobility than
Jewish men," the study
said. "The St. Louis demog-
raphic study revealed a
similar pattern."
Similarly, a recently con-
ducted Chicago Metropoli-
tan Jewish Population
Study revealed "that there
are 37,000 economically
disadvantaged and vulner-
able Jews in our commun-
ity, which is about 15 per-
cent of our estimated
Jewish population of
248,000. These individuals
are represented in 19,000
households (18 percent of all
Jewish households) com-
posed largely of the elderly
and young families," the
AJCommittee study re-
The Jewish Board of Fam-
ily and Children's Services
of New York City also found
that "middle to lower class
families, who up till now
have been able to sustain
themselves financially, are
beginning to fall through
the safety net, creating a
new group of poor in the

The AJCommittee
study noted that the re-
port on New York City
pointed out that follow-
ing cuts in public aid
programs, one-third of all
Jewish households re-
ceiving public benefits
lost all or part of such be-
nefits and, in 11 percent
of the Jewish households
involved, jobs had been
lost or working hours re-
Dr. Ephrain Royfe, execu-
tive director of the
Philadelphia Jewish
Employment and Voca-
tional Services, was quoted
as saying that factors con-
tribute to the current levels
of Jewish unemployment
include cuts in governmen-
tal spending which have
eliminated social work and
other service positions re-
sulting from decreased
population and student en-
rollment; the drastic in-
creases in the number of
small business failures; and
the lack of opportunity for
Jewish college graduates

with degrees in liberal arts.
Another area of ongoing
concern related to the
Jewish elderly affected by
the recession. The AJCom-
mittee study reported that
the Jewish community in
the U.S. "is aging far more
rapidly than the general
population." Age in itself
does not denote a dependent
population, the study said.
"A number of factors in-
teract to make the elderly
among the most vulnerable
populations. These factors
are low income, disability,
unemployment and under-
employment, and the lack of
access to services. The prob-
lems often reinforce one
another, resulting in grea-
ter permanent depen-
dency," the study noted.
It reported that 48 per-
cent of the poor in
Chicago are 65 years of
age. Reports from Miami,
St. Louis and Seattle
showed that a large
proportion of the older
households have very
low incomes. For exam-
ple, over 17 percent of the
households over 65 had
household incomes of
under $5,000, and
another 43 percent had
incomes between $5,000
and $15,000.
During the Congressional
subcommittee hearing at
the General Assembly, rep-
resentatives from Jewish
agencies also reported on
the growing numbers on
waiting lists for help. Diana
Silverman of Atlanta re-
ported that 350 clients are
seen weekly by Jewish
Family Services.
John Greenberg of De-
troit, president of the Na-
tional Association of Jewish
Vocational Services, de-
scribed a "disturbing in-
crease" of middle class
clients. He noted that be-
cause the middle class is un-
familiar with public assis-
economic and social stabil-
ity of that group is at risk.
Mark Talisman, execu-
tive director of the CJF's
Washington Action Office,
who serves on a national
board administering $100
million in public funds for
emergency shelter and food,
urged the Congressmen
present at the hearing to
call for a national confer-
ence on finding permanent
solutions. He declared:
"Terrible choices are
being made about who is
going to eat and who isn't,
while we are getting reports
of the rotting of surplus
food. This is not what
America is all about."

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