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June 19, 1987 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-06-19

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THE JEWISH NEWS

SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY

THIS ISSUE 60c

JUNE 19, 1987 / 22 SIVAN 5747

Detroit's Project
Renewal partner
begins to shed
its negative image

Births
Business
Engagements
Entertainment
Inside Washington
Obituaries
Seniors
Single Life
Synagogues
Women
Youth

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100, 102
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CANDLELIGHTING 8:52 P.M.

BETTER
PARTY
BASH

Special
Pull-out Section

Orthodox Win Two Seats
On Oak Park School Board

Better public schools to save neighborhoods, busing issue
and a perception of bias led to heavy Orthodox turnout

ALAN HITSKY

Associate Editor

The election last week of two
additional Yeshivath Beth
Yehudah parents to the Oak Park
Schools board has made other par-
ents nervous that the Orthodox
Jewish school will demand expen-
sive services from the public
schools, including the busing of
parochial school students to schools
outside the Oak Park school dis-
trict. The two new Jewish members
of the Oak Park school board, how-
ever, are more concerned with the
perception of an anti-Orthodox bias
on the board and increasing the
quality of education within the dis-
trict.
Three members of the Or-
thodox community, parents of chil-
dren who attend Beth Yehudah

Schools, ran in the election last
week. Michael Seligson won a
four-year seat and Ezra Roberg
won a one-year term. Steven Sil-
verstein was defeated in his bid to
join the others on the seven-
member school board, which also
includes Beth Yehudah parent
Simon Kresch, who was elected last
year.
The leading vote-getter in the
election was Saad Marouf, a
member of the Chaldean commu-
nity and a former teacher in Iraq.
Marouf owns an advertising agency
here.
The election of Marouf and
Seligson will force the ouster July
1 of Oak Park school board
president Maxine Gutfreund, who
was outspoken in her belief that
the new Orthodox members "have a
purpose, and transportation is only
the beginning of that purpose." She

charged that the Orthodox commu-
nity and the yeshivah parents spec-
ifically will ask for classes "such as
swimming and calculus that are
not offered at the yeshivah." Asked
if these were services entitled to
parochial school students under the
law, Mrs. Gutfreund answered, "I
don't know."
She insisted that "children of
all types are having success in the
Oak Park Schools. Black, white,
Chaldean...we are addressing the
needs of all our children."
Seligson and Roberg strongly
disagreed. Both denied that they
ran for the school board on the bus-
ing issue. Earlier this year,
yeshivah parents asked the board
to bus Oak Pak children to the
Yeshivath Beth Yehudah on Lin-
coln and Greenfield in Southfield
and the Beth Jacob School for Girls

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