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June 24, 1988 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-06-24

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JUNE 24, 1988 / 9 TAMMUZ 5748

UHS Faces Budget Crunch

Tuition is boosted 10 percent, the B'nai Moshe branch is closed
and the Midrasha Library will be open only six hours per week


Associate Editor

Anticipating a $120,000 shortfall
between its 1988-1989 budget and its
allocation from the Jewish Welfare
Federation, the United Hebrew
Schools board voted to raise tuition 10

percent, drastically reduce the
Midrasha Library's hours of opera-
tion, and close the UHS branch at
Congregation B'nai Moshe.
The UHS board acted last week
after the Federation's culture and
education budgeting division recom-
mended an allocation of $890,000, an

Sharansky Hits Israel
Decision On Emigres


Staff Writer

A decision to issue visas only to
Soviet Jews commited to live in Israel
is "simply a wrong system of
priorities," former prisoner of Zion
Natan Sharansky said here Tuesday.
Sharansky's comments, made
after a speech before a crowd of about
650 at the Jewish Community Center
annual meeting, followed the Israeli
government's controversial decision
this week to eliminate the dropout
phenomenon. The Israeli government

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questioning the
ethics of a
synagogue bingo
game or legalized
casinos in Detroit,
the Jewish position
on gambling is

said Jews who want to leave the
Soviet Union must apply for visas to
the country of their choice.
Until recently, Jews leaving the
Soviet Union have emigrated with
Israeli visas. Increasingly, Soviet
Jews are "dropping out" after arriv-
ing in Vienna — the stopover point
between the Soviet Union and Israel.
A majority of Soviet emigres now opts
for final destinations other than
Sharansky, who made a brief ap-
pearance in metropolitan Detroit to

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increase of $20,000 over 1987-1988.
The UHS had requested $994,000.
The Federation board was expected
Wednesday night to approve all
allocations for 1988-1989.
The tuition increase boosts eight-
hour-a-week elementary students to
$640 a year, six-hour students to
$555, seven-hour high school students
to $525, and Sunday-only high school
to $475, plus fees. Adult classes at the
Midrasha College of Jewish Studies
will now cost $45 for each eight-week
Judaica course and $180 for each
16-week Hebrew course.
Officials said Midrasha classes
will not be offered unless there is a
minimum enrollment of nine persons.
Area Jewish librarians and
scholars, concerned about the
Midrasha Library cutback, will hold
a public meeting to discuss the issue
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Congregation
Beth Achim. The UHS board voted to
cut the library's hours to two half-
days each week beginning Sept. 1.
Dr. Israel Wiener, president of the
Jewish Library Association, and Judy
Loebl, program vice president, said

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Mitch Albom has the sports world in
his sights
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