THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, May 24, 1985
Washington (JTA) — Twenty-
eight freshmen members of the
House have sent a letter to
President Reagan urging him not
to approve any new arms sales to
SaudiiArabia "or other Arab na-
tions not at peace with Israel."
"We will oppose arms sales to
Arab countries hostile to Israel
with all the energy and determi-
nation in our power," the Con-
The letter, initiated by Rep.
Mac Sweeney (R-Tex.), noted that
the United States has, over the
past decade, "provided an arsenal
of sophisticated military
hardware" to Saudi Arabia, "an
avowed enemy of an American
ally," which "has determined
United States policy in the region.
Within one month of U.S. Senate
approval of the AWACS sale in
1981, the Saudis raised oil prices,
sent millions of dollars to the
PLO, and sabotaged American de-
fense plans in the Persian Gulf."
Noting that Reagan said in
1981 that future arms deliveries
would depend on Saudi assistance
to the peace process, the letter
said: "Saudi Arabia will never be
able to meet that criterion be-
cause of its inherent instability
which stems from Islamic fun-
damentalists' opposition to Saudi
Arabia's Western ties."
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YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW
Hillel Day School was founded in 1958 with
29 students and two classes in the Chaim
Greenberg Building at Seven Mile and
Schaefer. No one guessed that 27 years later,
Hillel would be a permanent, thriving, ccim-
munity institution boasting over 470 students in
kindergarten through ninth grade.
Under the dynamic and inspirational guid-
ance of Rabbi Jacob E. Segal*,
memory, Rabbi of Adat Shalom Synagogue, a
handful of determined families, able fundrais-
ers, and dedicated teachers worked together.
creating a school that would combine a
thorough Hebrew education with an excellent
general studies curriculum.
Their goals were three-fold. The founders,
along with Rabbi Segal*, Morris M. Jacobs,
Leon Kay* and Morris L. Schaver*, wanted to
mold well rounded. educated and committed
American Jews. They hoped to serve the entire
community by offering a Hillel education to all
students, regardless of their financial needs.
In those early years, the day school concept
was not fully accepted. Many community
leaders and parents were concerned about a
day school. They worried that their children
would be isolated from the neighborhood
children attending public school. They were
fearful their children might be taught an ideol-
ogy different from their own Jewish home life.
Some felt the proposed curriculum was too
ambitious for small children. How could kin-
dergarteners or first graders possibly learn two
languages at the same time?
Yet many families, committed to the ideals of
Jewish education, were willing to take a
chance with one or two years of their children's
schooling. Hillel offered a "grand experiment"
not to be missed. These pioneering families
remember the great excitement and
enthusiasm of the first years. They felt intimately
linked to Hillel: the school's success or failure
depended solely on their actions.
Mrs. Naomi Floch, Hitters first principal and
original first grade teacher, set the course for
the school's early years. She described the
dedication and energy she shared with the
founding families, "I went into Hillel heart, body
and soul. We had Hillel for breakfast, lunch and
dinner. We all believed that Jewish heritage.
by and large, would be strengthened by the
Jewish Day School."
Hillel's enrollment and reputation steadily
grew. Within two years, the school had out-
grown its first home and moved to the Ten Mile
Jewish Center in Oak Park.
In 1962, Geraldine Levy, Hillel's bookkeeper,
started her work at the school. As she watched
- Hillel grow, her family concurrently grew, and
her granddaughter is presently a first grader,
ready to continue with the Hillel tradition. By
1963. Hillel offered kindergarten through sixth
grade and additional classrooms were re-
quired at Congregation B'nai Moshe.
Through the years, Hillel has profited by the
advantages of having a staff with excellent
teaching skills. They have played an integral
role in developing Hillel's well respected repu-
In 1967. Hillel's first ninth grade class
graduated. The school's enrollment was at a
record high with 270 students. By this time, fun-
draising to build Hillel's own school facility on
Middlebelt had begun. Under Saul
Waldman's able leadership and determina-
tion, people such as Abe Basle, Leon Hay*,
Morris* and Emma Schaver and Rabbi Segal*
enabled our present facility to become a
reality. As one noted, "We became a very
energetic and cohesive group. and asked for
school and community support and worked
hard to accomplish it."
In 1970, Hillel moved into its Middlebelt Road
facility with grades kindergarten through
ninth. A new era of Hillel history had begun.
The school year 1975 provided leadership to
Hillel with the hiring of Rabbi Robert Abram-
son as Headmaster and Mrs. June Weinberg
as Executive Director. Rabbi Abramson
brought to Hillel his rich background in Jewish
and general education as well as curriculum
theory and development. Increasing financial
credibility was accomplished under the direc-
tion of Mrs. Weinberg. The constant and steady
enrollment growth of the last ten years has
allowed Hillel's administration to continue to
improve and develop curriculum. as well as
increase staff training.
Children spend their years acquiring an
understanding and enjoyment of reading, writ-
ing, science. history and mathematics. The He-
brew Language program strives for abilities in
written and oral expression, along with the tra-
ditional learning of the Bible and holidays. In
Addition. many families meet in a variety of
programs, holiday celebrations and work-
Enrollment continued to increase. In 1979,
the Middlebelt Road facility was expanded
and four rooms were added to accommodate
400 students. Hillel also affiliated with the Sol-
omon Schechter Day School, the national
movement of Conservative Jewish Day Schools.
In the early eighties, with larger staff and
student body. attention was focused on creat-
ing a stronger administrative infrastructure.
Mr. Amittai Rudaysky was hired in 1983 as an
assistant principal and part time teacher: Mrs.
Rochelle Icskovitz assumed responsibilities as
English Department Chairman.
In 1984. Mrs. Weinberg retired and handed
over her mantle of sound administrative man-
agement to Marcia Fishman, who came to
Hillel with eight years of Jewish communal
work experience. Joining Ms. Fishman in her
first year was Anaruth Bernard as President of
the Board of Directors, preceded by Presidents
Melvyn Friedman, Ellen Glen, Aaron
_Lupovitch, Arlene Tilchin, Saul Waldman,
Leonard Baron, Melvin Weiss and Max
History repeats itself with Groundbreaking Ceremonies at Hillel Day
School. The Detroit Jewish Community is cordially invited to attend on Sun-
day, June 2nd, at 1:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Yaakov G.
Rosenberg, Vice Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Immediately following will be a reception honoring the many benefactors.
Hillel Day School
32200 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48018
Today, Hillel is acknowledged as a model
day school. In 1984. recognizing its fine reputa-
tion, Hebrew University's Department of Educa-
tion for the Diaspora chose Hillel as a pilot
school for testing their "Jewish Values Mate-
rials" for grades six through ninth. Much of the
material has already been implemented at
Enrollment now exceeds 470 students. Hillel
once again is in need of further expansion. The
new William, Ethan and Marla Davidson
Wing and the Mary and Mike Must Multi-
Purpose Room is under construction. Included
will be classrooms, conference rooms, and a
science and lab facility. Jack Llwaser, chair-
man of the building committee. and Saul
Waldman are presently superlising this proj-
Under the combined efforts of David Herma-
nn, chairman of Capital Funds and a former
Hillel parent. and June Weinberg, Director of
Capital Funds, the Hillel family and the greater
Jewish Community is being asked for help in
completing this addition.
In over 27 years, the goals of Hillel's pioneer-
ing families have stayed the same. Hillel con-
tinues to offer every Jewish child in our com-
munity a superior English education, a sound
knowledge of classical Hebrew texts and the
pride and contentment that comes from know-
ing what it means to be a Jew.