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January 20, 1989 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-01-20

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JANUARY 20, 1989 / 14 SHEVAT 5749

The Rehabilitation
Of An Aide To Bush


Washington Correspondent

The story exploded in the middle
of the 1988 presidential campaign
and instantly sent shock waves up
and down the Jewish community:
Fred Malek, a top official of the Re-
publican National Committee and a
close associate of candidate George
Bush, was accused of participating in
a scheme to identify Jewish
employees of the Bureau of Labor Sta-
tistics during the dark, paranoid days
of the Nixon presidency.
The results were stunning. After
a front page expose in The
Washington Post by Watergate ace
Bob Woodward, Malek resigned, giv-
ing up his chances for a major job in
the new administration — probably
the post of chief of staff, which
ultimately went to New Hampshire
Gov. John Sununu.
But now Fred Malek wants ab-
solution. And just what he wants to
do with his newly-polished image is
providing ample materials for Wash-
ington's rumor mills. He does not try

to hide the fact that he hopes to
return to government service. And
George Bush, according to close
associates of the new president, is
eager to have him at his side.
But the question of whether
Malek deserves a place in the new
administration is a tangled one. An
even more vexing issue involves the
proper role of the Jewish community
in judging public officials who have of-
fended it.
Fred Malek is a trim man with
piercing eyes and a quiet intensity
that contradicts the hatchet-man im-
age left over from Watergate days. As
he talks, he frequently stops to collect
his thoughts; sometimes, he frets
aloud that he is not expressing
himself adequately. He gives the im-
pression of a man desperate to be
understood, not just heard.
"To me, the worst thing that hap-
pened last fall was not so much step-
ping down from the campaign;"
Malek said. "I knew it could go on
without me. But what bothered me
was that my position was so mis-
Continued on Page 26

Loan Unit, Refugees
Given UJC Grants

More than $600,000 has been ap-
proved for community needs and
special projects by the board of United
Jewish Charities.
Up to $200,000 of the funds will
go toward resettlement of Soviet Jews
in Detroit. This sum, allowing for an
anticipated 150 refugees in the next
six months, is in addition to an earlier
allocation for Russian resettlement
out of the 1988 Allied Jewish
The UJC board also approved an
additional $250,000 for homebuyer
loans through the Neighborhood Pro-
ject and $119,785 from the Max M.
Fisher Jewish Community Founda-
tion for a number of grants to new
projects. These include $80,000 in
start-up costs for the proposed Reform
day school, Yavneh Academy.
The $200,000 for refugee absorp-
tion will be distributed to two Jewish
Welfare Federation agencies, Resettle-
ment Service ($140,000) and Jewish
Vocational Service ($60,000), which
provide coordinated services for each
Financial support for Soviet Jews

is provided for up to 120 days, but
other community assistance includes
referrals to Federation and public
agencies, vocational guidance, adjust-
mant counseling and volunteer
The additional funds to the
Neighborhood Project homebuyer
loan program brings the total value
of loans to $1,020,000. To date, 215
families have been helped to move in-
to homes in Oak Park and Southfield.
More than $200,000 in loan payments
has been recycled for the use of addi-
tional homebuyers.
The $80,000 in first-year funding
for the Yavneh Academy was the
largest of four educational projects ap-
proved by the Fisher Foundation of
United Jewish Charities.
Other grants were $18,000 to
Jewish Experiences for Families;
$14,285 to the Hillel Theater Project
at the University of Michigan, which
engages audience participation in
theatrical sketches on Jewish themes;
and $7,500 to "Fmily Living Room,"
a United Hebrew Schools-supervised

Continued on Page 12


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