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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-05-08

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LETTERS

Progressive List

Continued from Page 6

ty of opportunity for all of
Israel's citizens, Jews and
Arabs.
It is committed to the values
of religious pluralism and op-
poses religious coercion by a
minority, who have used their
role as the balance of power in
both Likud and Labor govern-
ments to impose their religious
views on the majority of Israel's
citizens. It is committed to the
full recognition of the Jewish
status of Ethiopian olim. Must
fundamentally, it is committed
to supporting those Israelis
who are fighting against the
anti-democratic and racist
trends in Israeli society that
are endangering Israeli
democracy.
In sum, your article ignored
the one list that offers a ge-
nuine alternative to the policies
of reaction and confusion, of-
fered by the Likud and Labor.
Regardless of the Zionist
organization to which one
belongs, any Zionist who shares
a vision of Israel's future that
emphasizes working for peace
and social justice should be sup-
porting the Progressive Zionist
List.

Kenneth Knoppow
Farmington Hills

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9 at Petals Plus in Tally Hall.

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14

Friday, May 8, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

On Wednesday, April 8, 1987,
the Vaad received a call from an
undisclosed source, notifying
them that five cases of non-
kosher briskets were being
delivered to Franklin Kosher
Meat Market in West Bloom-
field. Rabbi Chazkel Grubner
called Mr. Leon Steinmetz, the
designated mashgiach (super-
visor) of that place of business,
and asked him to repair there
immediately to check this out.
-Mr. Steinmetz arrived on the
scene and found the treife
briskets.
The following day, Thursday,
April 9, 1987, the store's two
butchers were brought before
the Council of Orthodox Rabbis
to explain their actions. The
Vaad kept silent concerning
this whole affair for almost a
month, taking no action, mak-
ing no announcements, active-
ly engaged in a massive
coverup of this betrayal of the
Jewish community.
This is striking in view of the
fact that in March of 1981, on
the basis of an empty box, the
Vaad removed certification
from the New Orleans Kosher
Meat Market. In July of 1986,
on the basis of sheer innuendo
and idle speculation, they
removed certification from Ber-
nard & Son of West Bloomfield.
In both cases, the action was
swift. Announcements were
made in all the shuls. Posters
were placed everywhere. Paid
announcements were placed in
The Jewish News and, in the
latter case, bearded pickets
paraded in front of the store,

immediately following the
alleged "discoveries" of im-
propriety. In this latest in-
stance, five full cases of treife
briskets were found. Yet, the
Vaad engaged in an elabaorate
Franklingate coverup, and its
ultimate resolve was bizarre at
best.
The Vaad announced in the
May 1 issue of The Jewish
News that one of the butchers,
Mr. Burg, was retiring volun-
tarily from the kosher meat
business, but Mr. Barden was
staying on, business as usual,
but with a resident mashgiach,
a former butcher himself, one
Leonard Rosenberg.
This is an outrage to the
Jewish community. Kashruth is
not baseball! In this game, one
strike and you're out!
Five full cases of non-kosher
briskets were brought into the
store. This shows a total
disregard for Jewish Law and
for the Jewish community. Who
knows how long this has been
going on while this place was
under jurisdiction of the Vaad?
There are Jews in this com-
munity, both Orthodox and
Conservative and perhaps even
some Reform, who are strongly
committed to Judaism and the
Jewish way of life. An impor-
tant aspect of the Jewish
lifestyle is an absolute
guarantee of kashruth in the
marketplace. In the past, many
people have put their trust in
the Vaad, but now it is apparent
that that confidence was
wasted. Unless the Vaad
reverses its stand and ousts the
butcher who has betrayed us, it
will stand in its shame,
condemned.

Rabbi Jack Goldman
West Bloomfield

No Easy Answers
For Soviet Jews

I must commend the Jewish
News for the article "Let My

People Go - But Where?" by
Elsa Solender (May 1). It was a
fine work; she wrote about a
complex emotional and
generally misunderstood sug-
gestion, (and) helped to clarify
it by presenting a balanced,
well researched and unbiased
report.
While there will be those who
disagree with it, any controver-
sy will mirror the varied opi-
nions of Soviet -Jews and those
who work for their release. It is
complex and there are no easy
answers.

Bill Graham
West Bloomfield

CAJE Meeting

New York — Almost 2,000
Jewish educators are ex-
pected to attend the 12th an-
nual Conference on Alterna-
tives in Jewish Education, to
be held August 23-27 at West
Georgia College, Carrollton.

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