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March 11, 1988 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-03-11

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Local 40th Anniversary Plans
Unaffected By Arab Turmoil

Staff Writer


he local celebration of
Israel's 40th anniver-
sary is under way, with
organizers reporting that
despite the unrest in the West
Bank and Gaza, events here
continue to focus strictly on
promoting positive aspects of
Marlene Borman who, with
her husband Paul chairs the
Jewish Welfare Federation's
40th Anniversary Day Com-
mittee, said that the
festivities have provided the
opportunity for Jews from
across the political spectrum
to unite in celebrating Israel's
Citing the numerous
groups participating in the
event, she said, "Our purpose
in doing the 40th anniversary
is to have each and every
Jewish organization plan its
own celebration so the entire
community is involved."
Borman said that meetings
to coordinate the anniversary
celebrations have been held
regularly since last August
"and there's never been a
political question come up."
She added that planning the
event has been. "an
outreaching to the entire
community, and nobody has
come back and said, 'Let's
talk about the political situa-
tion (in Israel)? "
Borman said nothing about
the anniversary program has
changed as a result of the re-
cent violence in the ad-
ministered territories, and
stressed that the celebrations
will not serve as a forum to
address political matters.
With the 40th anniversary,
"we are being given an oppor-
tunity to celebrate all the
good things going on in
Israel," she said. Among
these, she noted Israel's suc-
cessful absorption of im-
migrants from throughout
the world, the country's
technological and industrial
developments and its impor-
tant military contributions to
the United States.
One highlight of the
Federation's 40th anniversary
celebration will be an ap-
pearance here by Israel's In-
bal dance company. The
group will perform at 7:30
p.m. April 17 at the Music
Hall, and will host a free
dance workshop 8:30 p.m.
April 18 at the Maple/Drake
Jewish Community Center.

Inbal was established in
1949 by a kindergarten


FRIDAY. MARCH 11. 1988 ,

Walk for Israel, chaired by Dr.
Maurice S. Opperer, will be
held May 1. The four-mile
walk will be a demonstration
of solidarity between
Detroit's Jewish community
and Israel.
A concert featuring Orot
Haschuna, which includes
teenagers from Project
Renewal cities throughout
Israel, will be held 7:30 p.m.
April 25 at the Maple/Drake
An Israel Trade Fair, hosted
by the American-Israel
Chamber of Commerce, will
kick off with a party on May
1. The party and the fair,
which will run May 1-5, will
be held at the Tel-Twelve


Inbal: A popular Israeli dance
troupe brings its talents to Detroit

teacher impressed by the
culture of the Yemenite Jews,
virtually all of whom settled
in Israel the year before.
Initially comprised entirely
of Yemenite dancers, Inbal to-
day includes members from
various backgrounds. Its
repetoire reflects that diversi-
ty, featuring works inspired
by the Bible and the culture
of Israel in addition to those
rooted in its Yemenite
Special guest speaker for
the anniversary events will
be Jeane Kirkpatrick, former
U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations, who plans an
appearance here on May 2. A


In addition, the American
Jewish Committee is plann-
ing a "Festival '88" on May 1
at the Maple/Drake JCC. The
event will begin at 10 a.m.
and include a cultural arts
fair and arts display, ethnic
foods, entertainment and ac-
tivities for children.
In April, a quiz bowl for
seventh and eighth graders,
with representatives from 16
schools participating, will be
held at the Maple/Drake JCC.
And on April 19 the local
observance of Yom Hazikaron,
memorial day for Israel's
fallen soldiers, will take place
at the Maple/Drake JCC.

Albion Sponsoring
Holocaust Seminar



high-powered series of
seminars on the Holo-
caust will be held
next week at a 1,600-student
Methodist-affiliated college
campus in central Michigan.
Albion College will host
Holocaust scholar Raul.
Hilberg of the University of
Vermont, Detroit area
Holocaust survivors Agi
Rubin and Shari Weiss, the
University of Michigan's Dr.
Hank Greenspan, Dr. Charles
Sydnor of the Virginia-Israel
ComMiission subcommittee
on the Holocaust, and former
Detroiter Sister Carol Rittner
who is director of the Elie
Wiesel Foundation.
In addition to the seminars,
Albion is showing seven films
related to the Holocaust as
part of the week-long series
on "The Holocaust and Its
Contemporary Implications."
The programs have been in
the planning stages for more

than a year at the
undergraduate, liberal arts
college west of Jackson.
The school has made study "
of the Holocaust a campus
theme this year. More than
two dozen faculty members
have incorporated the
Holocaust into their course
studies this semester.
According to symposium
organizer Dr. Frank Frick,
professor of religious studies
at Albion, "The Holocaust is
perhaps the most crucial
event of the 20th Century. Its
examination is central . . . in
a period of racial tensions,
careerism, and concerns
about the effects of
technology. Reflective con-
sideration of the Holocaust
and its contemporary implica-
tions is both timely and
"The Holocaust was carried
out," Dr. Frick said, "because
of a burial of conscience by
persons from all walks of life
. . . It is thus our legacy."

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