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Friday, May 3; 1985

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that's right . . . the bottom line

No matter how dedicated we are to our jobs and our students, our financial needs are
th same as anyone else's — the same as other teachers in the metro area.
Yet, after 18 years of representation by the federation, we've gone from the top of
the salary list to 74th out of 85 districts in the tri-county area.
THE FEDERATION HAS DONE NOTHING TO MAKE UP FOR THE LOSSES:
• We still have no VISION CARE benefits
• LONGEVITY PAY in nearby MEA-represented districts is two to six times what we
receive
• The federation negotiated $20,000 in life insurance for us while MEA got twice
as much in Oak Park and even more in Romulus.
The federation's EXCUSE for its poor performance on the economic level at the
bargaining table has been that the Detroit Public Schools are in financial trouble.

WELL, THAT MAKES THEM NO DIFFERENT FROM SCHOOLS IN NEARLY EVERY DIS-
TRICT MEA REPRESENTS, INCLUDING FLINT, JACKSON AND RIVER ROUGE — BUT
TEACHERS IN THOSE DISTRICTS HAVE HIGHER SALARIES, BETTER BENEFITS, SMALLER
CLASS SIZES AND A MORE SECURE RETIREMENT FUTURE.
The FACT is that the federation hasn't been TOUGH ENOUGH, SMART ENOUGH or
STRONG ENOUGH to hand on to OUR SHARE of the total school budget.
In 1972-73, Detroit classroom teachers' salaries accounted for nearly HALF the district's
total expenditures. by 1 982-83, that percentage had dropped to less than 40 PERCENT and
this year it's just over 30 PERCENT. ALL BECAUSE THE FEDERATION WAS UNABLE TO
HOLD THE LINE IN BARGAINING!

THERE IS NO EXCUSE! MORE OF THE SAME ISN'T
GOOD ENOUGH ANYMORE

MEA'Detroit . . . proven RESULTS, not EXCUSES!

ASO—MEA

BOOKS

Volume Defines Sources
Of Anti-Semitic Growth

"The Reason for Anti-
Semitism," the subtitle to Why the
Jews?, is a summary of the hatred
that continues in the prejudices
leveled at Jewry. Authored by
Dennis Prager and Joseph
Telushkin, this volume, now reis-
sued as a paperback by Simon and
Schuster's Touchstone Press di-
vision, covers the vast field, em-
bracing all the aspects of the
anti-Semitic hatreds suffered in
all ages, through the generations
globally.
Providing a summary of the
topic that endlessly creates inter-
est in Jews and the hatreds vent
upon them, the authors of Why the
Jews?, first published as a paper-
back in 1983, admonished:
"The Arab and Muslim hatred
of Israel has long been dismissed
by many in the West as a Jewish
problem which ultimately reveals
little about Arabs or Muslim
states. But gradually it has be-
come clear that the hatred of
Jewish independence displayed
by the Arab Muslim states is not
some unrepresentative quirk, but
a moral indicator of some preci-
sion.
"As the Christians of Lebanon,
who have suffered far worse from
Muslim hatred than have the
Jews of Israel, have learned, Arab
leaders who call for wars to anni-
hilate Zionism are not otherwise
tolerant, democracy-loving gent-
lemen. Indeed, there is often a di-
rect correlation between the feroc-
ity of a Muslim leader's hatred of
the Jewish state and his hatred of
de.mocracy and other Western
values. Iran's Khomeini, Libya's
Qaddafi, and Iraq's Hussein are
three such examples. Conversely,
Arab and other Middle Eastern
Muslim societies that are less
characterized by despotism and
wanton cruelty, such as Tunisia
and Turkey, are also char-
acterized by a greater tolerance of
the Jews.
"The Soviet Union provides an-
other contemporary example of a
state whose hostility to Jews is
both an indicator of its immoral
nature and a warning of the

threat it poses to those societies
which hold democracy and justice
as primary values. Those in the
West who regard the Soviet
Jewish problem as solely aJewish
problem do a terrible disservice to
the other religious groups and
nationalities in the Soviet Union
whose plights are not as pub-
licized; and they do the West a

"Why the Jews?" by
Dennis Prager and
Joseph Telushkin,
Touchstone Press.

disservice by preventing it from
confronting the evil nature of the
Soviet regime.
"Jew-hatred and its latest in-
carnation, Israel-hatred, are the
price Jews pay -for their role in
history. They pay it often un-
willingly and they live the role,
for the most part, unwittingly.
But as the great French Catholic
theologian Jacques Maritain
noted: 'Israel ... is to be found at
the very heart of the world's
structure, stimulating it, exas-
perating it, moving it. Like an
alien body, like an activating
ferment injected into the mass, it
gives the world no peace, it bars
slumber, it teaches the world to be
discontented and restless as long
as the world has not God, it stimu-
lates the movement of his tory .. .
It is the vocation of Israel which
the world hates.
"And moral non-Jews who do
not heed the universal implica-
tions of this hatred are destined to
be its victims."
This is an important summa-
tion in a volume that covers every
detail of the challenging situa-
tions involving mankind. The
paperbacked Why the Jews?
merits the best-selling status as
much as was enjoyed by the hard
cover original book.
- P.S.

JWB Cites 12 For Books

New York — A dozen authors
and illustrators have been named
winners of JWB 1985 National
Jewish Book Awards. Honorees
and their categories are:
Rabbi Joseph B. Sloveitchik,
won the award in the Jewish
thought category for Halachic
Man; Joan Peters, cited in the Is-
rael category for From Time Im-
memorial; In the fiction category,
Invisible Mending by Frederick
Busch; Holocaust, David S.
Wyman for Abandonment of the
Jews: America and the Holocaust
1941 1945; Biography, Maurice
Friedman for Martin Buber's Life
and Work: The Latter Years
1945 1965; and Jewish history,
Naomi W. Cohen for Encounter
with Emancipation: The German
Jews in the United States 1830-
1914.
Also winning 1985 awards
were: Seymour Feldman, in the
scholarship category for his trans-

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lation of Levi Ben Gershom's The
Wars of the Lord: Book One - Im-
mortality of the Soul; Gary Pro-
vost and Gail Levine-Friedus, in
children's literature, for Good if it
Goes: illustrated children's book,
Amy Schwartz for Mrs. Moscowitz
and the Sabbath Candlesticks;
visual arts, Evelyn Cohen for The
Rothschild Mahzor: Florence,
1492; and Yiddish, Shea Tenen-
baum for From Ash and Fire Is
Your Crown.

Christians Hit
Messianic Jews

Philadelphia (JTA) — Protes-
tant and Catholic leaders have
strongly criticized, in an "open
letter," a messianic Jewish group,
Beth Yeshua, whose proselytizing
activities they assert have created
tensions in the Overbrook Park
area of Philadelphia.

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