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June 23, 1989 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-06-23

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JUNE 23, 1989 / 20 SIVAN 5749

Perle Is Skeptical
Of Soviets' Motives


Staff Writer

The Jackson-Vanik Amendment
should not be repealed until concrete
assurances are received regarding
Soviet Jews, Detroiters were told
Tuesday night.
Richard N. Perle, who was an aide
to the late Sen. Henry (Scoop) Jackson
during creation of the legislation ty
ing United States trade with the
Soviet Union to Soviet human rights,
said, "We've waited 15 years" for
Soviet compliance and "are now on
the verge of persuading the Soviets to
make the deal originally planned.
"Once those who want to leave
(the Soviet Union) can, and once those
who want to stay in the Soviet Union
can and live in dignity as Jews," only
then should the Jackson-Vanik
Amendment be repealed, Perle told

the 59th annual dinner of the Coun-
cil of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater
Perle, a Jewish Democrat, was the
Reagan administration's assistant
secretary of defense for international
security policy from 1981 to 1987. He
is resident scholar at the America
Enterprise Institute in Washington,
D.C., and a contributing editor to U.S.
News and World Report.
He urged the gathering at the
Westin Hotel to be skeptical of the
Soviets, whose government is "a
dismal, national failure."
Despite Soviet pledges, "They
have been unable to supply bread" to
their people "and they certainly have
been unable to supply freedom;' Perle
said. The Soviet Union needs $14
billion to service its national debt
and, while Soviet life expectancy is
Continued on Page 14

Borman Renovations
Are On Schedule


Staff Writer

Renovations to the 22-year-old
Borman Hall in Detroit are on
schedule and should be completed by
August, Jewish Home For Aged of-
ficials said this week.
Cost of the project, which includes
renovations to showers, the
synagogue chapel and the
occupational-physical therapy area, is
estimated at $450,000. The Home For
Aged secured funds through a loan
from United Jewish Charities.
Home For Aged Special Project
Coordinator Cindy Schwartz said the
loan will be repaid through Medicaid
reimbursements and the general
operating budget.
Home officials said renovations
are necessary to help Borman Hall ac-
commodate needs of its residents un-
til the Home relocates to a proposed
site in West Bloomfield, which is ad-
jacent to its Fleischman Residence.
The Home is waiting for another cer-
tificate of need from the state to
replace 212 beds at Borman Hall and
100 beds at Prentis Manor.
The Home already received a nod
of approval in the form of a state-
issued certificate of need, but has put
aside plans to move due to a pending
legal battle with private competitors.

A co-owner of the West Bloomfield
Convalescent and Nursing Center fil-
ed a lawsuit in Ingham County Cir-
cuit Court in February, challenging
the state's authority in issuing the
certificate of need. Ingham County
Circuit Court Judge Carolyn Stell
heard the case in April. Now both par-
ties are awaiting a decision.
Home Executive Vice President
Alan Funk has said officials want to
wait to move until they receive a se-
cond certificate of need for more beds.
At that time, Funk said, Borman and
Prentis can be relocated into one
building. Borman, Prentis and
Fleischman house 418 residents.
"We are waiting with bated
breath for Judge Stell's decision,"
Funk said.
Meanwhile, the Home's renova-
tion project at Borman Hall aims to
"tide us over until we move," Funk
said. "We need to leave the building
in a state so it can be saleable."
The Home's Board of Directors ap-
proved the renovation project in
March. Crews began construction in
When the project is complete,
state-of-the art equipment will be in
bathing rooms on all three floors.
Therapeutic activities will be moved
from the basement to the first floor
and some offices and leisure activities
will be relocated to the basement.

Attorney Michael Barnhart
is fighting for
prisoners' religious rights.

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