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October 24, 1986 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-10-24

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B'nai B'rith International


cordially invites you to attend

Catskill Resorts
Are Joining Together

The Great American Traditions Award Dinner



Special to The Jewish News


esort owners in the
fabled Catskill
Mountains of New
York State have co-produced
a public relations leaflet
which collectively lauds their
Jewish-oriented hotels. The
leaflet even mentions Gros-
singer's, the major hotel that
is closed for renovations.
This unprecedented cooper-
ation reflects the desire to
promote a community of
hotels, not isolated units, ac-
cording to Milton Kutcher,
owner of Kutcher's Hotel, and
Gordon Winarick, owner of
the Concord Hotel, the
largest in the Catskills.
But the "Borscht Belt" re-
sort business is changing.
Irving Cohen, the maitre d'
at the Concord, said that
year-round operations have
changed the nature of the
dining room. Fewer college
students are available to wait
on and bus tables, making it
necessary to engage full-time
help, and attracting good
service personnel is difficult,
he added.
Also new is the dichotomy
between the kosher hotel and
the kosher-dining hotel.
Cohen put it this way: "We
have kosher dining facilities
that are impeccable. We are
inspected, moreover, reg-
ularly by New York State
agents from the Department
of Agriculture.
"We are not, however, a
kosher hotel in the sense that
we do not control the atmos-
phere outside of the dining
hall. The Concord and several
of the other Catskill resorts
employ mashgichim to super-
vise their dining halls and
kitchens, but they do not
enforce religious regulations
beyond this."
Some people here claim
that Grossinger's closed its
doors primarily because it
went "further than was wise
from the business point of
view" to attract Jewish
clients who were religiously
observant. As one hotel
owner put it: "There simply
aren't enough of that seg-
ment of Jewish society to sus-
tain a hotel of Grossinger's
Another change is the
guests. Twenty-five years
ago, the majority was Jewish
and from New York or New
Jersey. Today, as much as 30
percent are non-Jews. In
addition, they come from all
over North America and
Europe. Winarick of the Con-
cord said this is an important
development. The presence of
non-Jewish guests at the
Concord and other Catskill
resorts is due to attempts in
recent years to attract con-
vention business. At the Con-
cord, for example, an interna-
tional chess convention re-
cently was sharing space
with the Pennsylvania-based
Brit Shalom fraternal order.




Gerald Greenwald
Chrysler Motors Corporation

Glenda Greenwald
The Michigan Woman Magazine

Wednesday, November 19, 1986
The Westin Hotel

Cocktails 6:00 p.m.
Couvert $150.00 per person

Dietary Laws
Black Tie Optional

General Chairman
Honorable William G. Milliken

General Co-Chairmen

Paul D. Borman
Keith E. Crain

David B. Hermelin
Dr. Harold T. Shapiro

Peter W. Stroh
William P. Vititoe

Detroit B'nai B'rith Foundation Committee

David Levine

Louis Weber


Honorary Chairman

Sharon B. Rapapport
Michigan Director

Performing in Concert

For further information and reservation call 552-8070


Friday, October 24, 1986

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Windrick' developed a new
family encounter and reunion
program at his hotel called
"Le-Chaim," Hebrew for "to
life." He indicated that one
reunion would soon gather
more than 40 people from all
over the United States.
Whether they come for
family reunions, conventions
or personal respites, the
Catskill hotels still offer an
array of entertainment. It's
passe by now to list the
prominent Hollywood per-
sonalities who began their
careers as stand-up comics in
the "Borscht Belt." The
fledgling would-be comedians
are still making the rounds,
but they are being eclipsed,
especially on week-ends, by
mega-stars such as Paul
Anka, Harry Belafonte, Joan
Rivers, Tom Jones and Julio
Iglesias, all of whom were
scheduled to perform at the
Concord this summer.
Intellectual entertainment
also attracts respectable
audiences. Kutcher's has a
resident expert on the Middle
East who discourses regularly
about Israeli and Arab poli-
tics. The Concord invites
highly qualified experts on
taxes and investment
strategy to lecture on a reg-
ular basis.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Brandeis Votes
On Divestiture
Of Stocks

Waltham, Mass. (JTA) —
Brandeis University has sold
its stock in three U.S. com-
panies that were found not to
be in compliance with univer-
sity policies governing in-
vestments in firms doing
business in South Africa,
Brandeis president Evelyn E.
Handler announced last
The three companies whose
stocks were sold are Rey-
nolds & Reynolds Company,
Schlumberger Ltd. and Union
Camp Corp. The total value of
the stocks is approximately
$200,000, about 6.5 percent of
the university's holdings in
companies doing business in
South Africa.
The action is the result of a
new policy on South Africa
related stocks adopted by the
university's Board of Trustees
this summer. The policy re-
quires that companies in the
Brandeis portfolio with South
Africa operations subscribe
to the expanded Sullivan
Principles, which call for ac-
tivities beyond the workplace
in ameliorating the plight of
South African blacks.
The Board also voted to
consider full divestment in
May 1987 if significant
reform of South Africa's apar-
theid policies has not oc-



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