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June 24, 1988 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-06-24

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their group will push for
separate Federation funding
for the library next year. They
also will seek public en-
dowments to keep the library
open longer this year.
Midrasha Library assistant
Jean Levy, a former UHS
board member, called the cur-
tailment of the library "expe-
dient and easy." She said no
thought or planning was
taken in the decision "to close
the only Jewish reference
library of its kind in the
Detroit area." Dr. Wiener
lamented, "We are no longer
Am Hasefer — the people of
the book. We say we are, but
that's about all." -
UHS President Jerry Knop-
pow and Executive Director
Ofra Fisher told The Jewish
News this week that they
agree with the critics. But,
they said, the library should
be a communal responsibility
because it is not essential to
the UHS program and is be-
ing used by outsiders.
Knoppow and Fisher blam-
ed the prior administration
for budgetary problems at
UHS. They said the new
teacher contract and in-
surance increases last year
added $70,000-$78,000 to the
UHS budget.
Both Fisher and Knoppow
are troubled by the closing of
the B'nai Moshe branch, just
six weeks after the UHS
board voted to keep it open
another year.
Susan Rabinowitz, a B'nai
Moshe parent, called the deci-
sion "really dirty pool."
"We went through a whole
elaborate process (involving
three meetings), and three
weeks after they say it will
stay open they close it."
Knoppow agreed. "We said
at the time that the recom-
mendation to close was an
educational decision, not an
economic one. But now it is
economic . . . A month-and-a-
half ago we didn't know we
would be 120 grand shy."
Rabbi Allan Meyerowitz of
B'nai Moshe said the syna-
gogue tried "as long as possi-
ble to keep the school here.
We fought for it. At the same
time, I understand the demo-
graphics of the decision, but
I'm not happy about it. The
synagogue will have to accept
the responsibility itself for
the education of its own
UHS plans to merge the 63
B'nai Moshe students with
the classes at Congregation
Beth Achim. The two bran-
ches presently share the same
staff. UHS will offer free bus
service to the B'nai Moshe
students for the next year.
Fisher and Knoppow
warned that other budget
cuts are planned, but declined

to disclose details. They also
have asked Adat Shalom
Synagogue and Beth Achim
to waive the rental fees the
congregations charge the
school for the coming year. A
positive response would save
UHS $23,000.
Officials at UHS said the
school was forced to take ac-
tion before the formal Federa-
tion vote because teachers
and parents had to be
notified. They said ending
special education classes at
UHS also was considered, but
were kept because no alter-
native programs exist for
these students.
Knoppow said UHS may
start seeking endowment
funds "so that certain ser-
vices are not subject to an
adequate allocation. There
are some services that should
never be at risk . . . The com-
munity will have to share
ownership of some services
(like the Midrasha Library).
It's not outside their lives."
Fisher added that the
budget cuts were "very sad,
very hard. But we have to be
a responsible agency, and that
means fiscally responsible


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promote his book, "Fear No
Evil," said Israel is obligated
to attract Jews, but should
not use force to achieve its
"It is not a wise way," he
said. "It is very important
that more and more Jews go
to Israel. America is a nice
place to live, but the place
where our history has been
defined is Israel.
"It is not in the interest of
the unionism (sic) of the
Jewish people to bring Jews
to Israel when they don't
want to live there," he said.
The government's move was
hailed by Yuli Kosharovsky,
longtime refusenik and
aliyah activist in Moscow,
Simcha Dinitz, chairman of
the World Zionist Organiza-
tion and Mendel Kaplan,
chairman of the Jewish Agen-
cy Board of Governors. They
said Israel should not assist
Jews who want to move from
one Diaspora to another.
But several ex-refuseniks
living in Israel and in
metropolitan Detroit echoed
Sharansky's views, denounc-
ing the government action.
"It is absolutely more im-
portant to get out and to let
a person make his own
choice," said Yakov
Shteyngart, a local real estate
agent. "It is a violation of
human rights."
Alex Goldis, a Detroit

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