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August 21, 1987 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-08-21

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AUGUST 21, 1987 / 26 AV 5747

Low Council Profile
For The Pope's Visit

Protests, demonstrations and petitions are "not
appropriate," according to communal leaders


Staff Writer


A Farmington Hills firm
has combined with ORT
to bring American workers
into the computer age

With less than a month to go
before Pope John Paul II visits
Detroit, the Jewish Community
Council is taking a wait-and-see
stance before it responds to the dif-
ferences Jews have with the Pope and
papal policies. "It's too soon to make
a commitment," said Leon Cohan,
president of the Jewish Community
According to Cohan, the Council's
posture hinges on the outcome of a
proposed meeting between the Pope
and American Jewish leaders to take
place in Rome prior to John Paul's
visit to the U.S. next month. The Pope
will visit Detroit Sept. 18 and 19.
The Jewish world was outraged by
the Pope's audience in June with
Austrian President Kurt Waldheim,
accused of Nazi war crimes. At that
meeting, the Pope did not admonish
Waldheim, but rather praised him.
Serious differences also exist between
Jews and the Vatican over the latter's
refusal to recognize the State of Israel
and Jewish claims to Jerusalem.

News Editor


"We'll review (our position) as
time passes," Cohan said. "Rest
assured that the community and
Church will know our feelings on
Waldheim and our feelings on rela-
tions between Catholics and Jews."
Cohan categorically ruled out
mass public protests as a response to

Continued on Page 18

Counting The Dead
After Flight 255


The Israeli people face an economic dilemma with the Lavi jet fighter plane.

Pope John Paul II: No time for

One Detroiter and two former
Detroiters were among the five
Jewish victims of Sunday's crash of
Northwest Airlines Flight 255 at
Metro Airport, which killed 154 per-
sons on the plane and six persons on
the ground.
Joanne Surowitz, 18, a graduate
of West Bloomfield High School, was
among the crash victims. Former
Detroiters Dr. Lawrence Sills, 33,
who had a family practice in Scott-
sdale, Ariz., and former Clintondale •
High School teacher Judy Glazer and
her 13-month-old son, Joshua, also
were among the passengers on the ill-
fated flight.
A spokesman at Ira Kaufman
Chapel, which handled arrangements

for the Jewish victims of the crash,
said that plans had already been
made to transfer the bodies of
passengers Murray Goldstein, 43, a
CPA from Cranford, N.J., and Peter
Frank, an electrical supply company
manager from Laguna Nigual, Calif.,
to their hometowns.
According to Ira Kaufman Chapel
owner Herb Kaufman, his firm was
chosen by the families of the deceas-
ed Detroiters because they had dealt
with Kaufman Chapel previously. For
the non-Detroit victims, out-of-town
funeral chapels had called on Kauf-
man's firm to handle the
The MD80 jet crashed and burst
into flames seconds after its 8:45 p.m.
takeoff Sunday, resulting in the worst
air disaster in the 30-year history of
Metro Airport. It was the second
worst in U.S. history. A four-year-old
child was the only survivor.

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