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December 09, 1988 - Image 73

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-12-09

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ourteen-year-old Amy* has had a rough time with her parents' divorce.
Her father is remarried and has a new family, complete with step-
children. Amy lives with her mother, sister and brother in the family

When Amy became withdrawn and sullen, her mother was concerned.
A conference with her teachers confirmed that Amy's grades were
suffering. But her mother was worried about other possible problems,
such as alcoholism, drug abuse—even suicide— and contacted
Jewish Family Service to see about counseling.

Amy was disappointed and angry at her parents and was expressing
her feelings in the only way she could. After two years of family and
individual counseling, Amy is doing well in school — and is able to
better cope with her parent's divorce.

Amy is one of the many teenagers counseled by Jewish Family Service. This year,
Campaign funding helped JFS offer counseling and other forms of assistance to more
than 3,600 families — teens, parents, children and singles.

*Based on an actual case history
with changes to protect confidentiality.


ifka is a 75-year-old grandmother
Who lives in Yavneh, Detroit's
Project Renewal sister city. Many
of Rifka's happiest days are spent
at the little senior citizens center
near her home. There, she enjoys
activities and programs, which will
be expanded through Project

Project Renenwal is a worldwide plan to bring
new hope to disadvantaged neighborhoods in
Israel. Detroit's partnership with the neighbor.
hood of Neot Shazar in Yavneh is helping its
residents improve their own lives. Through joint
efforts, people of all ages are working together to
improve their community and provide vital

ix-year-old Moshe lives in Morocco.
When his father died, leaving the
family with no income, a Joint
Distribution Committee (J`DC)
representative assisted them with
food and clothing and helped
enroll Moshe in a Jewish school in
Casablanca. Today, Moshe can
read Hebrew and tells everyone
who will listen that he will become
Bar Mitzvah in seven years.

The Joint Distribution Committee, with the
support of Campaign dollars, helps make life
more comfortable for Jews in Israel and 33 other
countries around the world. Elderly Jews in
Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East
and other lands are cared for in Jewish homes for
the aged. There are schools and camps for
children like Moshe. Many receive kosher meals
and medical care.



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