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October 27, 1989 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-10-27

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grains that move them from
their homes to hostile areas
where they may face violent
discrimination. Disease and
assimilation are also taking
their toll on the Jewish
population, Loeffler said.
"It's a terrible situation,"
Loebl said. "It is crucial they
get out."
"The most pessimistic feel-
ing is the population will
disappear in two years,"
Loebl said. "I don't know if
the Ethiopian Jews will be
gone in two years or 20
years, but there is a real
need to get them out of
Ethiopia."
Loeffler adds, "We don't
have the next 10 years to get
these people out of there." ❑

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Jews out has not been easy,
Loebl said.
"But the president of
Ethiopia is looking to the
United States for aid and the
doors have started to open
up a bit." She urges people
to write to President George
Bush to put the issue of
resettlement on the
negotiating table whenever
he meets with Ethiopian of-
ficials. A NACOEJ cam-
paign asking people to write
to U.S. officials and en-
courage them to join the
fight also is under way.
Neither Loebl or Loeffler is
optimistic about the future
of the Jews now living in
Ethiopia. Jews are slowly
disappearing due to pro-

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capital fund-raising cam-
Paign.
Hospital officials said the
timing was right to host the
fund-raiser to help offset
losses in Medicaid and
Medicare reimbursements.
About 925 patrons attend-
ed the $500-a-couple ball,
where Co-Chairman Marta
Rosenthal and a group of
doctors performed the
musical Sinai Medicine
Show to the melodies of
"Hello Dolly," "Lullaby of
Broadway," "Button Up
Your Overcoat"and "Surfin'
USA." Nearby, on a balcony
overlooking the Detroit
River, caterer Paul Kohn
prepared a makeshift
sukkah, where nearly a
dozen patrons took their
meals.
Originally slated for the
Hyatt Regency in Dearborn,
organizers moved the dinner
to a larger room at the
Westin after the number of
reservations climbed past
600 one week before the
event.
Last month, an over-
whelming response for a pre-
dinner $1,000-a-couple
cocktail party scheduled at
the home of Dorothy and
Bud Gerson drew 350 sup-
porters, forcing the Gersons
to change plans just days
before the event. Instead of
the cocktail party, the Ger-
sons sponsored a dinner at
the nearby Franklin Hills
Country Club. Those paying
$1,000 for the Gersons' party
were also invited to the ball.
"Response from the com-
munity was outstanding,"
said Heritage Ball Co-
Chairman Leah Snider. "It
was a vote of confidence.
Sinai is like family. When a
member of a family is going
through a difficult time,

everybody rallies to help.
The family gathered round
for Sinai."
This is the first time in
Sinai's 36-year history that
the Jewish-sponsored
hospital launched a fund-
raising drive independent of
the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion's Allied Jewish Cam-
paign.
Federation officials
downplayed concerns that
the ball started a fund-
raising effort separate from
the Campaign, saying its
purpose was outreach to the
community.
nity.
For the past 15 years, the
Campaign has given
$150,000 annually to Sinai.
Federation and hospital offi-

Marta Rosenthal
and a group of
doctors performed
the musical Sinai
Medicine Show to
the melodies of
"Hello Dolly,"
"Lullaby of
Broadway."

cials view the Campaign
contribution as insignificant
in relation to its $200
million annual budget, but
ties between Sinai and the
Federation are more deeply
rooted.
Sinai's physical plant is in-
fused with Federation
leadership. Some members
of the Federation are,
through the hospital's
bylaws and articles of incor-
poration, members of the
hospital board and executive
committee.
Because of this relation-
ship, hospital officials
sought Federation approval
for the Heritage Ball. ❑

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