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CANDLELIGHTING AT 5:17 P.M.
VOL. XC, NO. 22
From Cream of Michigan to Ted's on Woodward, from Zukin's to
McDonald's, Burger King and Ram's Horn on Orchard Lake Road . . . through
all the years of the automobile and the mobility it has provided teenagers,
kids will be kids.
Something in the maturation process tells teenagers to gather in groups,
cruise the strip, eye your peers and drag race up and down the streets. Usually
it's harmless, required to be noisy, and designed to prove independence and
adulthood. Hit makes the older generation a bit uneasy, so much the better.
Unease, however, over the serious turn of events along Orchard Lake
Road in Farmington Hills is too mild a description. Parents, city officials and
a number of teens expressed their concern last week over the beatings,
vandalism and confrontations which have marred Friday and Saturday
nights during the last year in the two-mile section between Twelve and
Fourteen Mile Roads (See story on Page 8).
Some observers are quick to point a finger at the "other side," claiming
the situation is racially motivated. You can pick your favorite stereotype
from the many listed at last week's meeting: spoiled Jewish teens; young
Chaldean toughs from "outside" the community carrying paging devices to
call in reinforcements; high school jocks ready to accept a challenge to prove
their macho image; parent-paid Trans Ams "jungle patching" across the
The Farmington Hills police will crack down on our newest teen
playground. Some parents will form committees, schools will have
assemblies, some merchants will increase their vigilance. And the kids?
They'll just take their game to another venue until we change our values and
At the risk of being chauvinistic, it is with a great deal of pride that we
publish today's Close Up feature story about the three female judges on the
Oakland County Circuit Court (see story on Page 18).
Judges Alice Gilbert, Hilda Gage and Jessica Cooper are Jewish women,
but more importantly the three are highly respected jurists who have won
county-wide elections to attain their present positions. They were not elected
because they are women, nor because they are Jewish. They were elected
because the voters believe they are the most qualified candidates to sit on the
Circuit Court bench. The same is true of the increasing number of women
judges in our district courts, including Southfield's Susan Moiseev who is
profiled today in our Single Life section.
A local synagogue president, commenting recently on the initiation of
regular Haftorah readings for bat mitzvah girls in his Conservative
synagogue, wisely observed: "We'll know we've reached equality when the
girls can be as mediocre as the boys." Fortunately for Oakland County, it is a
judicial standard that neither gender has reached.
A Recent Jewish Visitor
Says: 'Don't Visit Poland'
ALDEN M. LEIB
on't visit Poland." This is
a three word summary of
a four day trip to Warsaw,
Cracow and Auschwitz that was
sponsored by the United Jewish
We arrived in Warsaw on a cold,
dark, rainy afternoon and rode
straight to Warsaw's only remaining
"official" cemetery. Reading the
names and dates on the large toppled
tombstones was our only connection
with 1,000 years of Jewish presence
and culture in this land.
We touched the stones represent-
ing hundreds of years of rabbis, poets,
historians, educators and artists. We
read the names of Jewish scholars
enscribed in Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish
and English from the years in this land
that had no public education for Jews
and was inhabited by a majority of il-
literate Polish peasants and a minor-
ity of privately educated Jews.
Poland. The country itself is the
world's largest Jewish cemetery.
Graves represent the natural deaths
amongst a Jewish population that
reached 3Y2 million. The open fields,
the underground sewers and tunnels,
the cobblestone streets and the con-
centration camps hold the memories of
millions of Jewish deaths in Poland's
wars, ghettos, pogroms and persecu-
tions. With each step in Poland one
wonders how much Jewish blood has
been splattered under their feet.
A large square in the city's center
has a memorial marking the Warsaw
Ghetto. We met there to remember.
Although this desecration of mankind
occurred less than 45 years ago, we
foreigners appeared to be the only ones
who cared to remember and who cared
to care. PoliSh guilt with respect to its
Alden M. Leib is a periodontist in
treatment of its Jews seems not to
Shabbat was spent in Warsaw's
sole, newly-restored synagogue. We
wondered if its restoration was for the
benefit of touring Americans rather
than for the few thousand elderly Jews
remaining in Poland.
An evening at the Yiddish theater
was a ruse. The performance was a
mime — no Yiddish spoken. Except for
Eric Strom of Connecticut last year
fulfilled Maria Jackubowicz's dream of
seeing one more bar mitzvah in Cracow
before she dies.
the elderly director of the theater, the
actors and staff were not Jewish and
we Americans were the only Jews in
the audience. Only a small plaque on
the outside of the newly-restored
building and posters from past per-
formances in the inside lobby iden-
tified this as the Yiddish theater. The
performance, however, was excellent.
The acting, staging and costumes were