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October 07, 1988 - Image 83

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-10-07

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October 19, 1988 Wednesday
7:00 P.M.

400 W. Maple, BIRMINGHAM

will be the teaching of moral
and ethical values, such as
tzedakah, "to promote
greater sensitivity to their
fellow man," Rabbi Shiman-
sky explained.
He chose to return to
Hebrew as the language of in-
struction in the Judaic
department because Akiva
was founded with that objec-
tive. Secondly, he said he felt
it was a challenge to bring it
In the high school, Rabbi
Shimansky is evaluating ex-
isting programs and looking
for new text materials to
enhance them. However,
there is a national trend in
education, "back to basics,"
and he will seek out older
materials, which he said,
often are better than some
new texts. In addition, Rabbi
Shimansky has added a
writing course to make sure
that Akiva students will be
able to write well by the time
they get to college. To teach
the class, he hired author Ed
What will remain the same
at the day school, which
counts more than 250
students in nursery through
12th grade, is the Judaic
studies program. rIbrah and
Talmud are basics in the pro-
gram. "That doesn't change,"
Rabbi Shimansky said. "It is
a mainstay of the Judaic pro-
gram at Akiva and will
always remain as a
mainstay?' Jewish history
also will be offered on a
regular basis.
Asked if he would en-
courage parent involvement
in the school, Rabbi Shiman-
sky said he welcomed "paren-
tal suggestion." "I try to sell
a quality product. In order to
do that I have to know what
parents are thinking and pro-
vide that quality." He added
that the school should have a
strong PTA and that parent
involvement can supplement
the school's daily operation.
What makes the school
strong in Rabbi Shiman-
sky'sopinion is "an excellent
secular program" along side
its Judaic studies program.
"(Akiva) has almost all the
benefits that a child should
receive in elementary
through high school levels."
Its high school students often
complain about the day being
too long, but he countered by
saying that neither the basics
nor electives can be
eliminated. "If kids go to the
finest colleges or yeshivot you
have to give them the re-
In his 20-plus years in
education does Rabbi
Shimansky favor school ad-
ministration over teaching?
"I prefer administration over

teaching," he explained. "I
like to think that I do both
well. My love is in ad-
ministration and doing that
effectively." Apparently, he
holds true to his word. In his
role as administrator, he has
never seen a decrease in
enrollment at any school with
which he was affiliated. The
success he has seen he at-
tributes to the quality of
educational programming.
"Good schools grow. Schools
that are mediocre do not." ❑

Funds Offered

The American Arabic and
Jewish Friends, in coopera-
tion with the Greater Detroit
Interfaith Round Table, is of-
fering 10 scholarships of $500

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each to high school seniors of
Arabic or Jewish descent who
will graduate in good stan-
ding in 1989.
The scholarship funds will
be paid directly to the
students' colleges of choice.
'lb apply for the scholarship,
students must submit a typed
or neatly written essay oy up
to 1,000 words on the topic
"American Arabs and Jews —
Our Shared Values and
Culture in an American Con-
text." Six copies of the essay
must be submitted to:
Greater Detroit Interfaith
Round Table, 150 W. Boston,
Detroit, 48202, Attention:
Essay Contest. All entries
must be received by Jan. 6.
For information, call the
Greater Detroit Interfaith
Round Table, 869-6306.



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'Sunday At Seminary'
Slated At Synagogue

Anaruth Bernard and
Sidney D. Feldman have
been named chairmen for
the. Jewish Theological
Seminary's "Sunday at the
Seminary . . . In Detroit," a
special one-day session to be
held Nov. 6 at Congregation
Beth Abraham Hillel Moses.
Mrs. Bernard, a member of
Congregation Beth Shalom,
has served on the synagogues
board of directors and has co-
chaired its cultural commis-
sion. She is past president of
Hillel Day School and is a
board member of United
Hebrew Schols.
Feldman has served on the
board of trustees, the adult
study commission, the ritual
committee and was men's
club vice president at Adat
Shalom Synagogue. He par-
ticipated in the Hadracha
program of the Jewish
Welfare Federation, is cur-
rently on the JWF study com-
mission for Jewish education,
and was a board member of
the UHS.
"Sunday At The Seminary
. . . In Detroit" offers
synagogue members an op-
portunity to hear lecturers
from the seminary. Ruth S.
Fagen, instructor of Talmud
and rabbinics, will speak on
"Rabbinic View of the Fami-
ly'', David Fishman, associate
professor of Jewish history,
will talk about "Glasnost and
Anti-Semitism"; and Rabbi
Morton Leifman, vice presi-
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Leading proponents and op-
ponents of tax-funded abor-
tions for low-income women
will participate in American
Jewish Congress's program
on Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. at the
United Hebrew Schools
Each side of the issue will
be represented by a communi-
ty activist and a religious
leader. In favor of state fun-
ding and opposing Proposal A -
are Jeanne Korsch, National
Council of Jewish Women —
Business and Professional
Division, and Rabbi Paul Yed-
wab, Temple Israel. Represen-
ting those in opposition to
state funding and in favor of
Proposal A are Diane
Fagelman, registered nurse
and member, Committee to
End Tax-Funded Abortions
and Rabbi Elimelech
Goldberg, Young Israel of
Southfield. Robert I. Brown,
attorney and member
American Jewish Congress
board of directors, will serve
as moderator.
Gerald Cook is the presi-
dent of the Greater Detroit
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