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November 17, 1989 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-11-17

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UP FRONT

Chrysler Gives $1 Million To U.S.
Museum, Greenwald Takes Role

ALAN HITSKY

Associate Editor

A

trip to Poland this
summer has resulted
in Chrysler Corpora-
tion Vice Chairman Gerald
Greenwald taking a fund-
raising role with the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Coun-
cil. Chrysler has backed his
decision with a $1 million
gift from its charitable fund
to the $147 million
Holocaust Museum under
construction in Washington,
D.C.
Greenwald is chairing cor-
porate fund-raising for the
museum near the National
Mall. Although the new
building has received 25
private gifts of $1 million or
more, Chrysler's is the first
corporate gift at that level.
Greenwald went to Poland
in August with U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Council
Chairman Harvey
Meyerhoff, columnist
George Will, former United
Nations Ambassador Jeane
Kirkpatrick and other cor-
porate leaders.
After visiting Nazi concen-
tration camps, Greenwald
said, "it became clear to me
that no one coming face to
face with the irrefutable
physical evidence of the
Holocaust could fail to

Gerald Greenwald:
Holocaust impact.

become increasingly sen-
sitized to the rights and
needs of his fellow man. This
museum in our nation's
capital will reach millions
who would never otherwise
come in contact with this
searing event and will have
a major impact for genera-
tions to come."
Construction of the five-
story, 250,000-square-foot
museum began in July. It is
scheduled to open in 1993.
Half of the $147 million goal
for the museum has been
raised.
Lynn Feldhouse, manager
of the Chrysler Fund, said

the fund has emphdsized
higher education in its an-
nual grants, but is shifting
to primary and secondary
education, health, human
services, civic and cultural
needs.
"We knew when Mr.
Greenwald took this
assignment that he would
need the backing of
Chrysler. He could not ask
others for funds if his own
company did not support the
project. And this is the kind
of request that crosses all
the lines" of activities spon-
sored by the Chrysler Fund.
Contributions to the $30-
million Chrysler Corpora-
tion Fund are made from the
automaker's profits. The
fund will distribute $11.5
million this year from direct
grants and interest.
"We look at the Holocaust
Museum as a national cam-
paign," said Everett Scran-
ton, director of investor rela-
tions at Chrysler. "It might
not be quite as popular as
our effort for the Statue of
Liberty, but we think in-
dustry should be suppor-
tive."
Said Feldhouse, "The
Holocaust was not just a
tragedy for the Jewish peo-
ple and the museum needs
support from all segments of
our society."



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Yanina and Mark Glazer

Family Reunification:
Success By Number

SUSAN GRANT

Staff Writer

B

ringing their own
family from the
Soviet Union to
America was not enough for
Yanina and Mark Glazer.
During the past year, the
Glazers have helped more
than 90 Soviet Jews — most
from Yanina's hometown of
Poltava in the Ukraine —
resettle in Detroit.
Their story begins in 1979
when, three years after they
applied to emigrate to Israel,
the couple with their two
children, Olana, 9, and

Rachel, 7, left Poltava.
While many of her friends
had asked to leave, Yanina's
family was the only one in a
community of about 500
Jews granted permission.
During stops in Vienna
and Rome, the family decid-
ed to go to Philadelphia
where some cousins lived.
Yanina and Mark found
jobs and she volunteered to
help other newly arrived
Soviet Jews resettle in
Philadelphia. But the couple
never forgot the family
members and friends they
left behind.

Continued on Page 12

ROUND UP

Shamir, Walesa
And Two Detroiters

It's more than politics that
Israeli Prime Minister Yit-
zhak Shamir and Polish
Solidarity leader Lech
Walesa have in common.
Both will be meeting this
week with top U.S. Jewish
leaders in talks arranged by
two former Detroit-area
residents.
Leah Braunstein, formerly
of Oak Park, works with the
Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish
Organizations in New York.
She is coordinating the
meeting, to be held Nov. 20,
between Shamir and a
number of presidents and
executive directors of
leading Jewish groups.
Franci Podolsky of Bloom-
field Hills, assistant to Con-
ference Executive Director
Malcolm Hoenlein, is ar-
ranging today's meeting
between Walesa and the

Jewish leaders. Last week,
she coordinated talks bet-
ween Jewish groups and
Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development Jack
Kemp.
Among the women's
responsibilities are arrang-
ing the location and security
for the meetings.

Exchange Students
Seek Host Families

Jewish foreign exchange
students from Latin
America and Israel, who are
arriving in the United
States this month, in
January and in August,
need guest homes where
they may stay while atten-
ding nearby high schools.
The students' stay here is
being coordinated by Open
Door, a non-profit student
exchange program based in
New York.

Families interested in
hosting a foreign students,
or sending their own child
abroad, should contact Rob
at the Open Door, (800) 336-
OPEN, 250 Fulton Ave.,
P.O. Box 71, Hempstead,
N.Y. 11551.

Domino's Theory:
A Mezuzah

Wait! Don't turn that
channel just because it's a
commerical!
The next time you see a
commercial for the Ann Ar-
bor-based Domino's Pizza
watch carefully and you'll
see something not typical of
most TV ads. This one
features a young woman
dancing about her living
room as a pizza delivery man
arrives. As she opens the
door, a mezuzah is visible on
the right.

A spokesman for Domino's
said the use of the mezuzah
was not deliberate. He said
the commercial was filmed
at a private home in Los
Angeles.

A People's Ethic
Goes Russian

Walter Field says he loves
brevity. So he condensed
4,000 years of Jewish history
into a 40-page book, A
People's Ethic, written in
verse.
This month, A People's
Ethic will be translated into
Russian, then distributed to
Jews in the Soviet Union
and to Soviet Jewish im-
migrants in the United
States. The project is being
financed by the Walter and
Lea Field Jewish History
Fund.
Field, who lives in Birm-

ingham, said a private group
in Israel that supports
Soviet Jewry approached
him about translating his
work into Russian. Years
ago, former Israeli Prime
Minister David Ben-Gurion
had A People's Ethic
translated into Hebrew.
Members of the Soviet Jewry
group saw the Hebrew ver-
sion and decided to translate
and send it to refuseniks.

Field said his son, Irwin,
inspired him to write the
book. At 16, Irwin had little
patience for long history
books. Field combined his
desire to present his son
with an informative but
brief history of the Jewish
people with his talent for
writing rhymes. Thus, A
People's Epic was born.

Compiled by
Elizabeth Applebaum

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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