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October 30, 1987 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-10-30

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OCTOBER 30, 1987 / 7 CHESHVAN 5748

Shaarey Zedek
Cuts Teacher Pay


Associate Editor

Congregation Shaarey Zedek im-
posed a ten percent pay cut on 26
teachers and seven teacher aides last
Friday. The synagogue is negotiating
new labor contracts with its teachers,
and has threatened pay cuts and
reductions in fringe benefits.
The synagogue's contract with its
20 Hebrew school teachers, and a
separate contract with the six
teachers and seven aides at its Beth
Hayeled nursery school expired on
Sept. 1. Spokesmen for the teachers'
units said negotiations have been
sporadic because of the Jewish

holidays and the synagogue's in-
sistence on pay and fringe benefit
Marvin Fleischman, president of
Shaarey Zedek, read a prepared state-
ment to The Jewish News that said
the congregation was negotiating in
good faith with its teachers. "We are
proud of our teachers and are confi-
dent that we will successfully be able
to negotiate an agreement."
Fleischman declined to answer any
questions, stating that "it would not
be helpful to discuss publicly any
issues that are part of the negotia-
Beth Dzodin and Toby Bello,

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Ann Arbor's Adopted
Poet Wins Nobel

In 1972, when Joseph Brodsky
first arrived at Detroit's Metro Air-
port, he spotted the Wayne County
Sheriff deputies donning their cowboy
hats and holsters and he grinned.
"Now I know I'm in the West;' he
The Soviet exile, who last week
received the Nobel Prize for
literature, made his home in
Michigan in the early '70s after be-
ing declared a "social parasite" and
deported from the Soviet Union.
And this week, local residents
who befriended Brodsky during his
life here were quick to hail the
Swedish Academy's decision.
"He's one of the few authentic
geniuses that I know;' said book col-
lector and local real estate developer

Toby Holtzman, who has made Brod-
sky part of his family since the day
he greeted him at Metro Airport. "If
he's not the world's greatest poet, he's
one of two or three of the world's
Holtzman considers himself so
close to Brodsky that he now refers to
the literature laureate as "the first
Nobel Prize winner in the Holtzman
At 47, Brodsky is one of the
youngest recipients of the literature
prize. The last Russian-language
writer to win the prize was Alexander
Solzhenitsyn in 1970.
Like Solzhenitsyn before him, in
June 1972, Brodsky was escorted by
Soviet officials to an unrequested
flight out of the Soviet Union. Clear-
ly, the gifted poet and essayist was not
interested in leaving the Soviet
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