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October 27, 1989 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-10-27

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OCTOBER 27, 1989 / 28 TISHREI 5750

Youth Games
Finding Funding


Staff Writer

Kmart Corp. and the Coca
Cola Bottling Co. will join
Chrysler Corp. as corporate
sponsors of next year's Detroit
North American Maccabi
Youth Games.
Organizers of the games
hope that the three com-
panies will be the vanguard
of ongoing sponsorship of the
North American Games
every two years.
In August, Chrysler
agreed to be a $250,000
sponsor of the Maccabi
Youth Games, guaranteeing
Chrysler would be the only
automobile maker sponsor.
K mart and Coke followed
shortly thereafter. Officials
would not reveal the K mart
and Coca Cola financial con-
The 1990 Games are
scheduled for next August at
the Maple/Drake Jewish

Community Center in West
Bloomfield and nearby
facilities. Opening
ceremonies are slated for the
Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Games are expected to
draw 2,700 teenage athletes
and coaches from the United
States, Canada, Latin
America, Great Britain,
Israel and Australia. In
1984, Detroit hosted the se-
cond North American
Games with 800 athletes.
Chrysler, at a reported
$250,000, is the biggest 1990
Games sponsor. The Jewish
Community Center of
Metropolitan Detroit has
been making a concerted
effort to secure sponsorship
from 15 national corpora-
tions. JCC Executive Direc-
tor Mort Plotnick said three
firms solicited for sponsor-
ship have declined.
Although such sponsors
are for 1990, Games

Continued on Page 14

JWF Cuts
Emigre Grants


Staff Writer

The Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion this week reduced
grants to Soviet emigres by
$500, providing $800 to each
refugee joining family or
friends in Detroit for the
first four months of
Instead of outright $1,300
grants, the Federation will
assist immigrants with an
$800 grant and a $500 loan
through the Hebrew Free
Loan Association. The loans,
made available through a
Federation line of credit
with Hebrew Free Loan for
$170,000, will go to the an-
chor family Federation offi-
cials said repayment plans
will be flexible and will not
prevent the newcomers from
securing other loans, such as
car financing.
Detroit's Jewish communi-
ty is expecting as many as
750 Soviet immigrants
through June 1990 — three
times the initial estimates.
Of those, at least 125

newcomers have no friends
or family living in Detroit.
These "free cases" will
receive $1,600 grants from
the Federation.
"We felt we needed to
recycle the grant program to
loans to accommodate all of
the new arrivals," said Ben
Rosenthal, who chaired the
Federation Resettlement
Review Committee that rec-
ommended changes in
various refugee resettlement
A shift in financial support
policies follows a six-month
review of resettlement ser-
vices by Rosenthal's com-
mittee, presented to the
Federation board of gover-
nors on Tuesday. Also at the
meeting, the board selected
Jewish Experiences For
Families as the lead agency
to coordinate programs for
acculturation of the new
"We went out into the
community and spoke with
all of the agencies involved,
with Russians who came

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