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January 23, 1987 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-01-23

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THE NEXT CHAPTER

Joint Resolution of the Congregational
Rabbis of Metropolitan Detroit

As Jews, we often take our history for granted. Our past
is filled with events of such great consequence, we forget
that each day brings it own quiet turning points. We forget
that history is still in the making and that we have the power
to change its course.
On the centennial of David Ben-Gurion's birth, we recall
a man, small in stature but grand in vision, who guided a
reborn Jewish nation through its first decades. And, yet, his
last days were spent on a farm in the Negev where another
kind of history was being made: the grinding, day-to-day task
of conquering the desert.
Who can forget Israel's dramatic rescue of 12,000
Ethiopian Jews? For a brief moment, each of us took pride in
helping Israel write a new chapter in Jewish history. And, yet,
the daily victories that take place in the lives of these
courageous souls, many of them orphaned, have more to do
with survival in the land of their yearnings.
Several weeks ago, a self-taught scholar with the moral
force of the thousands he left behind in the Soviet Union
spoke in Detroit. He told how every year the number of
practicing Jews mounts in the USSR. Each one represents an
individual choice to be a Jew, at whatever the cost to career
and to family.
For most of us, the American Dream is a birthright. Our
parents and grandparents made the often heart-wrenching
decision to leave behind families and friends to make a new
life here. Their gift to us was a great community, whose
institutions heal the sick, comfort the aged, nurture the
young. That is how they made history.
But they didn't finish it. They left the next chapter for us
to write.

Federation/Campaign Sabbath
January 30-31, 1987

We have the choice of making that chapter a proud
moment in Jewish history. We can enable our children to
remain Jewish by providing a strong education. We can ease
the loneliness and physical impairment of our aged by
creating new and exciting programs. We can help our people
throughout the world meet hardship with dignity. And yes,
David Ben-Gurion, we can help Israel conquer the desert and
bring new hope to a hungry world.

We, the congregational rabbis of Detroit, urge every
man, woman and child in our community to support the
Allied Jewish Campaign in these efforts to upbuild the lives
of our people. We call upon every individual to pledge his or
her best gift to the 1987 Campaign when a volunteer calls on
Super Sunday. Make history. Choose life.

RABBI MILTON ARM
Congregation Beth Achim
RABBI CHAIM BERGSTEIN
Bais Chabad of Farmington Hills
RABBI MARC S. BLUMENTHAL
Temple Beth El
RABBI ELIEZER COHEN
Young Israel of Oak Woods
RABBI REUVEN DRUCKER
Young Israel of Greenfield
Young Israel of Oak Woods
RABBI NOAH M. GAMZE
Downtown Synagogue
RABBI ELIMELECH GOLDBERG
Young Israel of Southfield
RABBI LEO Y. GOLDMAN
Congregation Shaarey Shomayim
RABBI MARTIN D. GORDON
Livonia Jewish Congregation
RABBI BETZALEL GOTTLIEB
Congregation Mishkan Israel
RABBI IRWIN GRONER
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
RABBI CHASKEL GRUBNER
Congregation Dovid Ben Nuchim
RABBI SHERMAN KIRSHNER
B'nai Israel of Bloomfield

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Super Sunday
February 1, 1987

PARPNEiRS
FOR
L1FE

RABBI LEIZER LEVIN
Beth Tefilo Emanuel Tikvah
RABBI DOV LOKETCH
Congregation Mogain Abraham
RABBI HAROLD S. LOSS
Temple Israel
RABBI DAVID A. NELSON
Congregation Beth Shalom
RABBI NORMAN T. ROMAN
Temple Kol Ami
RABBI STANLEY M. ROSENBAUM
Congregation B'nai Moshe
RABBI A. IRVING SCHNIPPER
Beth Abraham Hillel Moses
RABBI DANNEL I. SCHWARTZ
Temple Beth El
RABBI MEILECH SILBERBERG
Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield
RABBI EFRY G. SPECTRE
Adat Shalom Synagogue
RABBI LANE STEINGER
Temple Emanu El
RABBI M. ROBERT SYME
Temple Israel
RABBI RICHARD A. WEISS
Temple Beth Jacob
RABBI SHERWIN T. WINE
Birmingham Temple
RABBI PAUL M. YEDWAB
Temple Israel
RABBI MORTON F. YOLKUT
Congregation B'nai David
RABBI SHAIALL ZACHARIASH
Congregation Shomrey Emunah

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CHAPLAIN (Dr.) ALLAN M. BLUSTEIN
President, Rabbinical Commission
of the Jewish Community Council
of Metropolitan Detroit

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