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October 07, 1988 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-10-07

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Alan Schwartz, left, presents the Butzel Award to Judge Avern Cohn.

Arbor federations and send
letters to the other com-
munities. "I envision sitting
down several times a year to
discuss issues of mutual con-
cern," Dr. Giles said, "and
open communication lines
that will provide more fe-
quent information?'
Dr. Giles' plan was part of
his annual report to the
Federation. Among the
achievements of Federation
this year were, he said, the
completion of the Jewish
identity and affiliation study,
commencement of monthly
meetings of Federation agen-
cy heads, as well as meetings
between community rabbis
and Federation leaders, new
programs at the University of
Michigan and Wayne State
University in Judaic studies,
construction of the Berman -
Hillel Foundation Building at
U-M, and the continued suc-
cess of the Neighborhood Pro-
ject in Oak Park and
The report of Federation's
Task Force on the Disabled is
due to be completed next May,
Dr. Giles said. The Commit-
tee on Education is continu-
ing its study, and a
demographic study of Detroit
Jewry is being designed.
For the future, Federation
will prepare a long-range
strategic plan. He also wants
the Jewish community to in-
crease its access to the state
legislature. "There are pro-
bably six or seven people in
this room who can pick up a
phone and talk to the gover-
nor any time they want," Dr.
Giles - said, "but we have to
shape a year-round presence
in Lansing."
While Dr. Giles lauded
Jewish communal agencies,
he recognized many unmet
needs: single parent families,
Jewish education, access to
agencies limited by man-
power and budget, and the

possibility that Detroit will
be asked to resettle 1,000
Soviet emigres in the next
"We have to strive to im-
prove the quality of life for
every Jew in metropolitan
Detroit?' he said.
At the meeting Martin
Kraar, executive vice presi-
dent of the Federation,
recognized Samuel Lerner
who is retiring in December,
after 25 years "of raising the
standard of excellence of ser-
vice" at the Jewish Family
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Kraar also recognized Joel
Tauber's friendship, Judge
Avern Cohn's integrity and
Dr. Giles' hours of work on
behalf of the Jewish com-
munity in aiding Kraar dur-
ing Kraar's first two years at
Alan Schwartz, the 1974
Butzel Award winner,
presented the 1988 award to
his life-long friend and
business associate Judge
Avern Cohn. Schwartz said
Cohn was a unanimous choice
for meeting the criteria for
the award: quality and length
of service to the Jewish and
general communities and
"Avern grew up in a tradi-
tion of service," said
Schwartz. His selection as
Butzel honoree marked the
first time the son of a
previous honoree had been
selected (Irwin Cohn was
chosen in 1961) and the first
time a former Junior Division
president was selected.
Schwartz lauded Cohn's
"high energy, high distinction
and fierce determination for
social justice," adding, "When
the community needs an ad-
vocate, it is to Avern that it
Cohn's wife, Joyce, was
seated at the meeting in a

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