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October 02, 1987 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-10-02

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Budget Director Promotes
Efficiency, Teamwork

HEIDI PRESS

Re l igious News Se rvice

News Editor

Rabbi William Berkowitz of the Jewish Heritage Committee in New York blows a huge shofar
for the High Holidays.

Brazens Hope 3-Yeai Wait
Will Be Over This Month

ALAN HITSKY

Associate Editor

Keith Braun was flying on Rosh
Hashanah, but he would prefer that
his wife was flying . . . from the Soviet
Union.
Braun was called at home Thurs-
day night, Sept. 24, by a Radio Free
Europe correspondent. His wife in
Moscow, Svetlana, was called at her
parents' home by a French news agen-
cy, but the Orthodox Jewish family
would not answer the phone because
of the holiday. The news would have
to wait another day that Svetlana has
been granted permission to join her
husband of three years in Southfield.

Keith Braun has called Svetlana
three times since the Soviet news
agency 'Pass made the announcement
last Thursday. Braun is busily mak-
ing plans for his wife to join hini —
looking at apartments, contacting
airlines. But Svetlana is refusing to
share his optimism until she receives
the official postcard from the Soviet
OVIR office.
"She was very scared over the
weekend," Braun says of his 24-year-
old wife, "but she seemed a lot calmer
Tuesday when I talked to her.'' Braun
describes Svetlana as a "stubborn
kid"who refuses to make any plans
until she receives official notice. Her

Continued on Page 10

Shelby Solomon is a team player
in the sports in which he participates
— softball, touch football and hockey
— and in his job as well. As the new
director of the Michigan Department
of Management and Budget, Solomon
hopes to "build a strong team in this
department and pay a lot of attention
to managing people."
A native Detroiter, Solomon, 34,
assumed his position, to which he was
appointed by Gov. James Blanchard,
on Sept. 7. According to Solomon, his
responsibilities are twofold: to oversee
the state budget and to manage all
state government services, such as
purchasing, procurement, retirement
and data processing. He replaces
Robert Naftaly, who left for a position
with Detroit Edison. Naftaly also was
appointed to replace the late Max Pin-
cus on the. Wayne State University
Board of Governors.
His most pressing issue upon tak-
ing office is to work with the
legislature on re-enacting the state
budget. The budget work, he said, is
what is most challenging about his
job. "We're facing a situation right
now where we are constitutionally
mandated to have a balanced budget.
There is so much to be done with
limited resources." His primary
challenge, he said, is to "direct and
channel resources to the most critical
needs in the state?'
Solomon said he had no particular
goals as state budget director, but is
aiming at making government ser-
vices more efficient -and "maintaining
a sound fiscal policy." He said he
would like to see a more efficient use
of funds and to encourage private

companies to become more produc-
tive. Ultimately, he said he hoped that
his department would be a role model
for the private sector.
A Michigan fan — the state, not
necessarily the university — Solomon
has extolled the state from coast to
coast, in California, where he pursued
studies toward a MBA degree at Stan-
ford University's Graduate School of
Business, and in New York, where he
was manager of strategic planning
and business development for
American Express.
Solomon grew up in the Detroit
area and attended Cong. B'nai David
as a youth. Following graduation from
Oak Park High School, he went to
Michigan State University, where he
was named to the Dean's List. and
earned a B.A. degree in political
theory and sociology. In his senior
year at MSU, Solomon worked for
then-Congressman Blanchard in
Washington, D.C., as a Lyndon Baines
Johnson intern. Following gradua-
tion, Solomon joined Blanchard's staff
as legislative director, staff director
and administrative assistant. When
Blanchard took office as Michigan's
governor in l2982, Solomon was ask-
ed to serve as his director of policy and
later as director of gubernatorial
appointments.
Two areas in which Solomon
primarily concerns himself are im-
proving the business climate to at-
tract new industries to the state and
"channeling limited funds to - keep
Michigan a great place to live?"
Education and economic development
also are top priority concerns.
Solomon said he hopes to grow
from his experience as budget direc-
tor, and is grateful for the opportuni-

Continued on. Page 10

ROUND UP

Palestinian delegation and an
Israeli delegation; Syrian and
Israeli delegations; Lebanese
and Israeli delegations. All
delegations, as well as an
Egyptian delegation will par-
ticipate in a fourth multi-
lateral committee.
• The bilateral committees
will be engaged in solving the
conflicts of the paSt while the
multi-lateral committee
would deal with future
settlements.
• The international peace
conference will be sponsored
by the five permanent
members of the Security
Council who will be entrusted
with bringing the parties
together and legitimizing the
process.

Shultz To Visit
Middle East

Washington (JTA) — The
State Department sought to
dampen speculation Tuesday
that Secretary of State
George Shultz is going to the
Middle East because he ex-
pects a "breakthrough" in the
stalled peace process.
"I really don't think it's cor-
rect to assume that there is
something new or that there
is about to be a breakthrough
in any way;" State Depart-
ment deputy spokesman
Phyllis Oakley said.
The surprise announce-
ment that Shultz will visit
Israel, Jordan and Egypt on

his way to Moscow Oct. 22
was made Monday by depart-
ment spokesman Charles
Redman at the United Na-
tions in New York where
Shultz is participating in the
General Assembly meeting.

No Agreement
On UN Files

United Nations (JTA) —
The 17 former member-states
of the United Nations War
Crimes Commission are
scheduled to meet on Oct. 14
for another attempt to reach
agreement on opening the
defunct commission's files on
Nazi war criminals and their
collaborators to the public.

Their meeting with UN
Secretary General Javier
Perez de Cuellar in Sept. end-
ed without agreement.
The issue is whether to
allow access to the files to
scholars, historians and
researchers. The files, kept at
the United Nations archives
in a Manhattan building,
reportedly contain the records
of more than 40,000 accused
Nazi war criminals. They are
presently accessible only to
the governments of UN
member-states.
It was announced before
last -week's meeting that at
least 15 of the states had in-
formed the Secretary General
they agreed to grant wider ac-
cess to the files.

Conference
Excludes Israel'

Ibronto (JTA> — Israel has
been excluded from a
"Capitals of the- World" con-
ference to be held in Ottawa
next month at which ter-
rorism against capital cities
will be on the agenda.
A spokesman for Ottawa
Mayor James Durrell who is
organizing the conference
said an invitation had been
sent to Mayor Shlomo Lehat
of Tel Aviv but was returned
with a note stating that
Israel's capital is Jerusalem.
Canada does not recognize
the status of Jerusalem as
Israel's capital.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS 5

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