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May 13, 1988 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-05-13

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UP FRONT

Hillel Cancels Ninth Grade
For 1988-89 School Year

ALAN HITSKY

Associate Editor

T

Holocaust Memorial Center volunteer Diane Tobin shows German edicts to Southfield-Lathrup
and Gabriel Richard high school students during a Holocaust seminar last week. The annual
event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Council.

Critical Rubber Stamp
Reaches Area Business

STAFF REPORT

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Lathrup Village-based busi-
ness was the recipient of
some questionable mail last
month, and it arrived in one of the
company's business reply envelopes.
According to Deborah Rubyan, co-
owner of the Homex Network, the
message "Israel Murders Innocent
Civilians" was rubber stamped onto
the reverse side of the envelope. In-
side, the sender had inserted a Detroit
Free Press clipping about the Palesti-
nian uprising and a second sheet
drawing connections between Jews
and Communism.

"If the tide of history does not
turn to communist internationalism,
then the Jewish race is doomed," the
message read in part, according to
Rubyan.

"It bothers me a lot and scares me
a little," she said. "How would they
know that this is a Jewish-owned
business?"
Mailings of the sort received by
the Rubyans "crop up from time to
time," according to Richard Loben-
thal, director of the Anti-Defamation
League's Michigan region.

He said he was unaware of any
current widespread hate mailings.

he on-again, off-again ninth
grade at Hillel Day School for
the 1988-89 school year is per-
manently off. School officials made
the decision at the end of the April
enrollment period when only five
students officially enrolled for the
ninth grade class.
Rabbi Robert Abramson, prin-
cipal of the school, and Hillel presi-
dent Dr. Dan Guyer told The Jewish
News that the future of ninth grade
classes at Hillel will be discussed in
an open forum at the school's annual
meeting next Wednesday. Officers and
the school's board elected at that
meeting will decide the permanent
fate of the ninth grade at their first
meeting on June 1.
The current eighth grade will
have a "completion ceremony" during
the last week of school in June. The
current ninth grade class, which may
be the last, will have its regular
graduation exercises.
"There is nothing sealed in stone;'
said Dr. Guyer, "but the trend seems
to be that the ninth grade is an
anachronism." Hillel's executive
board announced last month that the
ninth grade would be cancelled if
enrollment commitments did not
reach a viable level. Officials said 10
was a minimum number.
In recent years, while the school's
overall enrollment had climbed, ninth
grade enrollment'had fluctuated from
10-15, generally dropping over the
last decade as ninth grade became the
entry point for area public high
schools.

Meanwhile, Hillel officials
acknowledged that tuition has been
increased for 1988-89, going up to
$3,950 for each child.. Dr. Guyer said
10 percent of the school's budget
comes from fund-raising, 10 percent
is from the Allied Jewish Campaign
subsidy provided through the Jewish
Welfare Federation, "and the rest
comes from tuition."
Akiva Hebrew Day School has
also raised its tuition for 1988-89, go-
ing up to $3,300 for the elementary
grades. Yeshivath Beth Yehudah of-
ficials have indicated there will be a
substantial increase next year over
the current $2,350 tuition, but the
level has not yet been set.
Hillel is losing Rabbi Abramson
next month. He will take the national
position of director of education for
the United Synagogue of America. Dr.
Guyer said the rabbi has been asked
to be a consultant to Hillel for the
next few years.

Akiva, UHS Name
New Principals
Akiva Hebrew Day School has
selected Rabbi Zvi Shimansky of New
York to replace Rabbi Sheldon Lopin
as principal. Rabbi Lopin is taking a
new position in Seattle.
Rabbi Shimansky is the brother of
Max Shimansky, cantor at Congrega-
tion Beth Achim. Rabbi Shimansky,
49, has been a day school principal for
18 years in rIbronto and Houston, and
has been teaching in Great Neck, N.Y.
for the -last year.
Cantor Shimansky said he was
looking forward to having his brother
and family moving to Detroit. "It's

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ROUND UP

New French RM.
Israel Backer

Paris (JTA) Michel Rocard,
a moderate Socialist sup-
porter of Israel, was named
France's new prime minister
Tuesday by President Fran-
cois Mitterrand.
Rocard, a Protestant in an
overwhelmingly Catholic
country, is the son of a world-
famous physicist who was
also an anti-Nazi resitance
fighter during the German
occupation of France. After
joining the Socialist Party in
the late 1960s, Rocard helped
found the United Socialists, a
party to the left of the
Socialists.
At the time he was known
for his pro-Palestinian views,
In recent years, especially

after he rejoined the Socialist
Party in 1973, Rocard has
undergone a metamorphosis
in much of this thinking, in-
cluding his views on the Mid-
dle East.

U.S. Vetoes
Condemnation

United Nations (JTA) —
The United States vetoed a
resolution in the Security
Council Tuesday that con-
demned Israel's incursion in-
to southern Lebanon on May
2 and 3.
U.S. Ambassador Vernon
Walters said the draft, spon-
sored by six non-aligned coun-
tries, was one-sided. The vote
was 14-0.
The United States "believes
the Security Council should

not address the problems of
southern Lebanon in resolu-
tions that fail to recognize the
attacks and reprisals
originating on both sides of
the Israeli-Lebanese border,"
Walters said after casting the
veto.
The draft resolution was
sponsored by Algeria, Argen-
tina, Nepal, Senegal,
Yugoslavia and Zambia.

Anne's Diary
Uncontested

Amsterdam (JTA) — An
82-year-old neo-Nazi in Ham-
burg backed away from a
legal showdown Monday over
his claim that the Diary of
Anne Frank was a
falsification.
Ernst Roemer, who public-

ly challenged the authentici-
ty of the diary, the personal
account of a Dutch-Jewish
teen-ager who died in the
Holocaust, decided not to ap-
peal a fine imposed on him 10
years ago by a Hamburg
lower court, his laWyer said.

Arafat Warned
Against Revenge

Washington (JTA) — The
United States has warned
Palestine Liberation
Organization chairman Yasir
Arafat, through unnamed
Arab countries, not to
retaliate against U.S.
civilians or facilities for last
month's political assassina-
tion of PLO military leader
Abu Jihad, a senior Reagan
administration official con-
firmed Tuesday.

Testifying before Congress,
Assistant Secretary of State
for Near Eastern and South
Asian Affairs Richard. Mur-
phy said such concerns were
expressed to "some friendly
Arab governments with
whom we had good close rela-
tions and discussed the pro-
blem and what you have is
those discussions relayed to
the PLO."

Women Included

New York — A survey con-
ducted by Women's League
for Conservative Judaism
shows that most U.S. and
Canadian synagogues today
count women as part of the
prayer minyan (quorum of 10
people), and grant them
honors (aliyot) during the
worship service.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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