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September 02, 1988 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-09-02

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• Bloom so Bloom •




On the surface, officials at
Foggy Bottom are concerned
about the international reper-
cussions of any unilateral
U.S. decision that might have
the effect of tampering with
the U.N. headquarters agree-
But just below the surface,
some observers sense an
almost imperceptible shift
within the State Department
in the direction of acknowl-
edging the leadership of the
And this — along with
growing talk of a Palestinian
declaration of independence,
and the recent severance of of-
ficial ties between Jordan and
the West Bank — put the final
seal on the decision not to ap-
"The State Department has
always been opposed to the
closing," said one State
Department source. "But a
few months ago, they prob-
ably could not have per-
suaded the president to rule
against Justice; now, with the
events of the last few weeks,
I think they were able to
make their case more per-

Jewish Groups
Want Universal

Voter registration has
always been a serious
political matter to the Jewish
community. Now, some Jew-
ish groups are getting in-
volved in legislation designed
to increase registration
among a variety of minority
Recently, the American
Jewish Committee and the
American Jewish Congress
came out in favor of the
Universal Voter Registration
Act of 1988, a measure
designed to insure a uniform
federal standard for voter
Procedures for registration
vary widely among states —
ranging from mail-in regi-
stration in California to no
registration at all in North
The current legislation
would mandate a single, sim-
ple standard for registration
for federal elections. As it
stands, the bill would allow
for registration on election
day — and for mail-in regi-
stration. The bill's primary
sponsors are Rep. John Con-
yers (D-Mich.) , Sen. Alan
Cranston (D-Calif.) and Sen.
Quentin N. Burdick (D-N.D.).
But a proposed amendment
by Rep. Al Swift (D-Wash.) is

being vigorously opposed by
the AJCommittee. Swift's
amendment would add provi-
sions linking easy registra-
tion to drivers licenses in an
effort to prevent registration
"We're strongly concerned
that such an amendment
would pose serious problems
for the 10-15 percent of the
population that doesn't have
drivers licenses — primarily
poor people," said a Commit-
tee representative.

Jewish Fund
Gets Hate Mail

Black-Jewish relations
continue to be a vexing pro-
blem, a lesson that one
Jewish group here learned
with a vengeance recently.
The Jewish Fund for Jus-
tice, a group that provides
funding for a variety of social
action projects aimed at allev-
iating poverty, recently sent
out a direct mail solicitation
to 100,000 homes, primarily
"I was dismayed and dis-
traught by the kind of hate
mail we're getting back," said
Lois Roisman, the group's ex-
ecutive director. "And this
wasn't from non-Jews; it was
from Jews, asking how we
could give money to blacks, to
the non-Jews."
The Jewish Fund for
Justice is a three-year-old
philanthropy that concen-
trates its money on projects
emphasizing the causes, not
the symptoms of poverty.
"So we don't fund soup kit-
chens — but we do fund a
variety of education and ad-
vocacy projects," Roisman
said. "We emphasize projects
that lift people up to a better
Recently, the group pro-
vided funding for an inno-
vative project designed to give
black farmers in several
Southern states an opportuni-
ty to sell their produce in in-
ner cities, using synagogues
and black churches in those
communities to create mar-
kets. "This helps black
farmers stay on the land,"
Roisman said.
The group currently raises
about a half-million dollars a
year, primarily from individ-
uals. "And we've had wonder-
ful support from about 100
synagogues," Roisman said.
As for the angry mail from
Jews, Roisman believes that
the group's activities provide
an important boost to rela-
tions between Jews and other

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