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May 26, 1989 - Image 153

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-05-26

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A Public Service of This Newspaper Mg
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A Positive Point
About Breast Cancer.

Reconstructionists
Accept Gay Group

New York (JTA) — Bet
Haverim, a 75-member gay-
lesbian congregation, has
become the first Reconstruc-
- tionist congregation in Atlan-
ta, and the first gay-lesbian
congregation in the Recon-
structionist movement
Founded four years ago, Bet
Haverim had its membership
application approved at the
January board meeting of the
Reconstructionist Federation.
Rabbi Mordecai Liebling,
executive director of the
Federation of Reconstruc-
tionist Congregations and
Havurot, told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency that the
Atlanta congregation was one
of 64 Reconstructionist con-
gregations in North America.
Liebling said that after the
Bet Haverim application was
received, he met with a
• number of members in Atlan-

"We probably have
a dozen gay and
lesbian
congregations
already (in the
UAHC)."

to to explore the possible rela-
tionship, as he does for all ap-
plying congregations.
While Bet Haverim applied
only to the Reconstructionist
movement for membership, it
invited a Reform represen-
tative to address the
congregation.
The reason for inviting
spokesmen for both groups
was based on conflicting
motives, Bet Haverim of-
ficials told Richard Bono, an
Atlanta Jewish Times staff
writer.
Gary Piccola, an Atlanta
psychologist who is im-
mediate past president and a
founder of Beth Haverim,
said that in regard to affilia-
tion, "We like to do our own
thing." He added that affilia-
tion would "have to be with a
group that encourages
autonomy."
Sherry Emory, Bet Haverim
president, invited Rabbi
Frank Sundheim, regional
director of the Union of
American Hebrew Congrega-
tions, to address the congreg-
tion. The UAHC is the na-
tional representative agency
of North American Reform
congregations.
Sundheim said the UAHC
was a "pioneer in pushing for
acceptance of gays and les-
bians in the Jewish communi-
ty." He told Bono — "We pro-

bably have a dozen gay and
lesbian congregations already
(in the UAHC)."
Sundheim and Liebling met
separately with the congrega-
tion. Liebling told a group of
Bet Haverim members at a
member's home last July that
the Reconstructionist move-
ment "welcomes gays and les-
bians."
Liebling told the Bet
Haverim members that only
the Reconstructionist Rab-
binical College accepts and
trains gays and lesbians for
the rabbinate.
Sundheim was quoted as
saying that the question of or-
daining gays and lesbians for
the Reform rabbinate remain-
ed under discussion within
the Central Conference of
American Rabbis, the Reform
rabbinical group.
The other reason for con-
sidering affilition, Piccola
said, was a need to organize
the congregation before it
became too large to manage
effectively.
He said, "It would probably
have been helpful years ago if
we had somebody to tell us
how to set up a budget. We're
discovering these things on
our own. It would have been
easier if we had help."

Museum Wins
$5,000 Prize

Amsterdam (JTA) — The
Jewish Historical Museum in
Amsterdam has been award-
ed $5,000 as winner of the
1989 European Museum
Prize.
The 57-year-old institution,
which was looted by the Nazis
during World War II, is the
first museum in the
Netherlands ever to receive
the prize, which was
established by the
Strasbourg-based Council of
Europe.
The museum was cited for
the unique manner in which
it presents Jewish culture as
part of Dutch culture.
The Jewish Historical
Museum was founded in 1932
by a group of local Jewish
intellectuals.
The museum survived the
German occupation, but was
not reopened until 1955, in its
original premises, on the up-
per floor of an ancient
building.
Subsequently, the Amster-
dam municipality took it over.
In 1978, plans were made to
expand the museum and
transfer it to much larger
quarters.

Now we can see it before
you can feel it. When it's no

bigger than the dot on this
pa e.
And when it's 90% cur-
able. With the best chance
of saving the breast.
The trick is catching it
early. And that's exactly
what a mammogram can do.
A mammogram is a sim-
ple x-ray that s simply the
best news yet for detecting
breast cancer. And saving
lives.
If you're over 35, ask
your doctor about
mammography.

Give yourself the
chance of a lifetime:m

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