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February 01, 1985 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-02-01

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10 Friday, Februn,i 1, 1985

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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LOCAL NEWS

Restrictions For JVS'
Retarded Clients Dropped

BY TEDD SCHNEIDER

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A requirement that the 180
Jewish Vocational Service clients
enrolled in the agency's adult day
program for the retarded use a
rear elevator to enter and leave
the JVS' Kristen Towers work-
shop has been dropped by the New
York-based development com-
pany that owns the Oak Park
office building.
SBREC Development Associ-
ates and the JVS reached a verbal
agreement Friday on the use of
the building's public facilities by
the agency's clients and em-
ployees, including the elevators
off the front lobby. The current
JVS lease, which was negotiated
last fall when SBREC puchased
the building and went into effect
Jan. 1, stipulates that JVS clients
use a specially-equipped elevator
located at the back of the building
to gain access to the sixth floor
workshop.
"Our clients will be treated no
differently than other tenants in
the building, with the exception of
where we deem it necessary for
safety considerations," JVS Di-

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At the first family brunch in the
banquet hall of the new Fleis-
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joined by relatives and friends in
celebration of her 80th birthday
on Jan. 20.
Mrs. Warsh_has resided at the
West Bloomfield residence since
its opening last October.
A native Detroiter, Mrs. Warsh
and her late husband, Harry, co-
founded the Raskin Food Co. She
was active in the company until
her retirement three years ago.

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The Temple Beth Elders will
hold their monthly luncheon in
Handleman Hall at Temple Beth
El, Feb. 12, at noon. Guest
speaker Rabbi Richard C. Hertz
will speak on "Lincoln and the
Jews" in honor of Lincoln's birth-
day.
For reservations call Minerva
Michaels, 681-2247, or Jeanette
Cohen, 353-6962. Reservations
not accepted after noon, Feb. 8.
All senior adults are invited,
there is a fee.

rector Albert Ascher said refer-
ring to the new agreement.
While the New York firm has
agreed to various changes re-
quested by the JVS, there has
been no move to renegotiate the
agency's lease, according to
Christine Kurtz, who is in charge
of asset management for SBREC.
"As far as they're concerned and
as far as we're concerned, the
problems have been resolved,"
Kurtz said.
Last week, a source close to the
JVS indicated that the agency
would file civil discrimination
charges against the New York
management company if the re-
quest had been ignored. Kurtz de-
nied that SBREC was biased
against the retarded or any other
minority group.
Workshop clients and em-
ployees had been using the main
lobby elevators for the five years
the agency had been located at the
site, on Greenfield at Lincoln. The
changes were necessary, accord-
ing to SBREC, in order to control
the pedestrian traffic through the
front of the building so that a $1
million renovation of the facility
could get underway. Although
construction work is scheduled to
last 12-18 months, the conditions
set forth in the new lease were
designed as a permanent change,
Kurtz said.
As part of the lease agreement,
SBREC spent about $10,000 to
modify the elevator and entrance
at the rear of the building for use
by handicapped persons, accord-
ing to Kurtz. While most of the
JVS clients range from mildly to
profoundly retarded, many do not
require handicapped facilities to
live and work.
Other terms in the lease which
the JVS protested were require-
ments that clients use restrooms
on the sixth floor only and that
they refrain from loitering in pub-
lic areas of the building. The re-
stroom stipulation has also been
dropped, according to Ascher.
The JVS will continue to unload
buses at the building's rear
entrance "but our clients will
have no limitations on their ac-
cess to the workshop," Ascher
said.

NEWS

Withdrawal Starts
At Awali River

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Military
sources said that the withdrawal
of equipment from the Awali
River line, until now the forward
position of the Israel Defense
Force in south Lebanon, has been
virtually completed as the first
stage of the three-stage • with-
drawal of the IDF from Lebanon
progresses.
According to the sources, all
heavy equipment and moveable
installations have been pulled
back to the new line on the Litani
River. Army engineers are pre-
paring to blow up fixed installa-
tions which neither the Lebanese
army nor the United Nations

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