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May 15, 1987 - Image 90

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-05-15

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Friday, May 15, 1987




Singles Poll

Continued from preceding page

This question referred to
people, not events, and 44% of
the respondents said they
strongly agree. The balance
gave these views: 26% some-
what agree, 12% somewhat
disagree, 4% strongly disagree,
— 14% not sure.
People Connector (per-
sonal ads) in The Jewish
News may be interesting to
read, but I would not place
one myself.
A total of 35% of singles said
they may take a chance and
place an ad in The Jewish
News People Connectors.
Here's how they voted: 22%
strongly agree, 15% somewhat
agree, 12% somewhat dis-
agree, 35% strongly disagree
and 17% not sure.

One may conclude from this
that those polled are not really
sure how they feel about being
a Jewish single. For example,
on one hand they feel that
synagogues and temples are
not doing enough programm-
ing for them or that that's not
where to meet other singles,
but by the same token they
avoid singles bars like the
plague. They remark that "the
pickings are slim" (there's a
small number of people to
meet), but yet don't feel they
have to go out of town to find
other singles. And even when
it comes to being single, nearly
half said they enjoy it while an
almost even number said they
don't. One thing for sure, at
least in this sampling, Jewish

singles are against interfaith
dating and prefer to marry
other Jews.
In addition, contemporary
Jewish singles are a pretty
enlightened bunch. Most of the
women respondents said they
should pick up the bill if they
invite a man on a date. (How-
ever, personal experience will
show that most men are more
traditional; they'll pick up the
check anyway.) At the same
time, most felt it's okay to be
intimate with someone they're
dating. (If you do, be careful!)
These answers may not be
applicable to Jewish singles as
a whole, but give an indication
of where Jewish singles feel
they stand on being Jewish and
being single. 111

Communal Leaders React
To Jewish Singles Poll Results

In the recent poll taken by

The Jewish News' Single Life

section, singles responded
rather strongly to items affect-
ing them as members of the
Jewish community.
For example, in the state-
ment, "Jewish community
leaders do not pay enough at-
tention to the needs of Jewish
singles," a total of 74 percent
said they agreed. Responding
to the statements, "The
synagogue and temples pro-
vide singles programming of
interest to me," and "A
synagogue or temple is a good
place to meet other singles," 65
percent said they disagreed
with the former and 48 percent
disagreed with the latter.
How do community leaders
respond? The Jewish News
spoke to Dr. Conrad Giles, Dr.
Morton Plotnick, Rabbis David
Nelson, Lane Steinger and
Elimelech Goldberg for their
"I'm not surprised," Jewish
Welfare Federation President
Dr. Giles remarked upon hear-
ing the results of the poll. "It is
clear that we have not either
given enough attention to the
growing number of singles first
time and singles second time,
and we fully intend to increase
our emphasis through our
agency network."
Dr. Giles added that Federa-
tion will look into networking
singles activities "by helping
coordinate community-wide as
well as synagogue-based pro-
He said an exploration of the
needs of single-parent families
is on the Federation agenda.
Dr. Giles added that Federa-
tion has a Young Adult Di-
vision, which includes many
singles, and invited those who
wish to be involved in Federa-
tion activities.
Plotnick, executive director
of the Jewish Community Cen-
ter, said that sometimes sing-
les are not always aware of the

community services available
to them, both social and social
service. Among them he listed
the center-based Community
Network for Jewish Singles,
which provides a variety of so-
cial, educational and rec-
reational activities for singles
age 25-45, the synagogues and
temples, the Jewish Voca-
tional Service, Jewish Family
Service and Federation's YAD
"If there are specific areas
which are not being met, the
community mechanism for
better understanding the serv-
ices which are available and a
place to air those additional
needs is the Community Net-
work for Jewish Singles. For
those who feel there should be
more going on, we'd be happy
to hear from them."
Plotnick invited singles who
have program ideas to call the
CNJS direCtor, Jill Cole, at the
main Jewish Center.
Rabbi Steinger of the Tem-
ple Emanu-El placed the bur-
den on singles themselves, say-
ing that if they want their
synagogues and temples to re-
spond to their needs, then the
singles will have to speak up.
"If single members of
synagogues want better pro-
gramming and they want to
create a climate in which to
meet other single people, then
they have to assume the re-
sponsibility to make those
things happen . . . It's really
incumbent upon single mem-
bers of the congregations
within their congregations or
associating one synagogue
with another to make the
needs known and understood
and to 'elicit the appropriate
programmatic responses to
those needs."
Cong. Beth Shalom's Rabbi
Nelson, too, said it is up to the
singles to apprise the congre-
gations of their needs. "The
synagogues will do all in their
power to meet the needs of the

singles population which are
very diverse needs. I know of
no synagogue which has ever
turned down the opportunity
when asked and often when not
asked to promote singles ac-
tivities, but they have to be ac-
tivities that are wanted by the
singles." Nelson said that
there will always be some who
will never be happy with
synagogue singles programs.
He added that Cong. Beth
Shalom has always welcomed
singles programs and sup-
ported them. "Still my
synagogue can do much more,
so can any synagogue. I'm not
saying that we have done ev-
erything that we can do, but
we, as all the synagogues, are
"We view singles as a very
important part of the popula-
tion," Rabbi Goldberg stated,
adding that his congregation
has an active chavurah pro-
gram which provides monthly
activities for all singles, not
just the Orthodox. He em-
phasized that the program has
covered a variety of topics of
interest to Jewish singles, and
the synagogue has made a
commitment to continue it.

Comedy Evening
Is Scheduled

"Mae's April Fool," an eve-
ning of comedy and entertain-
ment, will take place at 8 p.m.
May 31 at the main Jewish
Community Center.
Paul Stanley will be the em-
cee, and magician-comedian
Jeff Hobson and juggling com-
edian Tim Rollins will
There is an admission fee. A
wine-and-cheese afterglow
will cap the evening. The
community is invited.
The program is hosted by the
Community Network for
Jewish Singles.

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