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November 11, 1988 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-11-11

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Council President Paul D. Borman in his downtown office.

Washington and the U.S. Attorney's
Office for the eastern district of
"I was a prosecutor during the
Warren (U.S. Supreme) Court and a
defender during the Renquist-Berger
Court," Borman said. "I thrive on
Borman's father, the late Tom Bor-
man, repeatedly tried to lure him in-
to the family business, Borman's Inc.
So Borman acted as in-house counsel
for the company for two years. Yet cor-
porate counsel work wasn't satisfac-
tory for Borman, who believes being
on the defense side of the law makes
him tenacious.

"I always want to get it right. I
feel very strongly about civil rights:'
he said. "My parents were both im-
migrants and both also felt strongly
about poor people and their rights!'
Gad-Harf joined the JCRC in in
St. Louis in 1981 as a community
relations associate and was promoted
to the highest position when Norman
Stack retired as executive director.
Under Gad-Harfs leadership, the
JCRC and the St. Louis Rabbinical
Association formed the Jewish Fund
for Human Needs, which provides
support for organizations that serve
poor people in St. Louis. He also led
a major rally for Soviet Jewry, which

The Council's new Executive Director David Gad-Harf.

was followed by a large delegation
from St. Louis attending the
Washington rally before the 1987
U.S.-Soviet summit meeting.
After college, Gad-Harf landed a
position as a legislative assistant for
former U.S. Sen. Dick Clark, D-Iowa,
who was involved with rural health
care. He later became the first ex-
ecutive director for the National
Rural Primary Care Association, a
health-care lobbying group.
When his wife, Nancy, enrolled in
Washington University in St. Louis,
Gad-Harf took the job with the St.
Louis Council.
It was during his first job in the

Jewish communal world that Gad-
Harf met Jewish Welfare Federation
Executive Vice President Marty
Kraar, at the time executive director
for the St. Louis federation.
"I'm still interested in health
issues and have a strong commitment
to the urban agenda;' Gad-Harf said.
"I want to work for humane policies
and programs for health care, educa-
tion and employment!"
Meanwhile, Gad-Harf and Bor-
man are pooling their resources and
meeting with members of the com-
munity to achieve their goals — to im-
plement the strategic plan they hope
will give strength to the Council. ❑



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