Friday, October 26, 1984
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
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punishments for Jewish and Arab
terrorists; however, he does not
stand for justice — he stands for
equal opportunities for terrorism
for Jews and Arabs.
A mission for
This is a response to Rabbi Jack
Riemer's open letter published on
Erev Yom Kippur (Oct. 5).
Dear Rabbi Riemer,
You have reached me! Yes, I
used to belong to a synagogue, but
I no longer do, not because my
children grew up, but because of
tyranny and arrogance of the con-
gregation. We in the majority
have not turned away. We have
been turned away by: poor Jewish
education,. poor communication,
lack of interest in our culture, the
28585 Telegraph Rd. Across From. Tel-Twelve Mall
Detroiter Mark Schlussel named
Jewish Education Service head
Mark E. Schlussel, left, presents outgoing Jewish Education Service of
North America, Inc., President Fred Sichel with a gift of a sculpture
upon leaving office.
Mark E. Schlussel of Southfield
has been elected president of the
Jewish Education Service of
North America, Inc. (JESNA).
tyranny of the "building fund"
and an older, more observant gen- •
eration closed _to new ideas and
manner of worship.
I do not deny the virtues of
prayer and the sense of history in
the siddurim and the synagogues,
but I do deplore the lack of inter-
est in how we think and what we
prefer. I also resent the rejection
of our need to participate in deci-
sions about all aspects of Jewish
synagogue life. "Baby boomers"
are the majority now, they have
been reared in an open, participa-
tive culture, they seek the same in
their synagogue affiliation. Are
they getting it? No.
Rabbi Riemer, do not look to us
the dropouts, but turn your eyes to
the "in-group" and when you lo-
cate what they are doing to keep
us out, you may find the way to get
us to belong again.
Schlussel, who previously
served as a member of JESNA's
board of directors, has long been
active in both local and national
Jewish communal life as well as
in civic affairs. In the Jewish Wel-
fare Federation of Detroit he is a
member of the board of governors
and of the executive committee, as
well as chairman of the Confer-
ence of Division Chairmen.
A board member and past
president of both the Jewish Fed-
eration Apartments and Jewish
National Fund of Detroit, he is
also past president of Cong.
Shomrey Emunah of Southfield.
His other activities include:
serving on the board of trustees,
executive committee and as
chairman of the human resources
committee of Sinai Hospital of De-
troit. He is also a member and
trustee of the Stanley Imerman
Memorial Foundation and of the
Theodore and Mina Bargman