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December 22, 1989 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-12-22

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West Bloomfield

Continued from Page 14

Q: What is the difference between a slice of
bread and a present?

A: Both are gifts. The difference between
them is a difference in World view. Most peo-
ple look and see the slice of bread . . but
the person who says a berakka looks at the
same piece of bread and sees a gift. (The
berakka teaches us to see the bread as if it
were gift wrapped.)

Bread is the staff of life. Its importance is
reflected in the fact that it has its own special
berakka and because it has come to sym-
bolize all food, it is the berakka said before
a meal. Saying the berakka can transform
"bread" into "gift," and thus change the ex-
perience of eating itself!

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Humidor One

20000 W. 10 Mlle

at Evergreen
Southfield, Ml 48075


the land was rezoned to
But at a Dec. 18 township
meeting, trustees introduced
a variation of the same or-
dinance. The new proposal
allows colleges and univer-
sities only in areas zoned for
offices and industrial parks.
It would also lower the land
requirement of colleges from
40 acres to 20 acres and set
restrictions on what the
buildings could look like.
Township trustee Judith
Holtz said she has no prob-
lems with the limitations on
the buildings. But she ob-
jects to the way trustees
want to speed the ordinance
through the process, she
Township clerk and
trustee Sharon Law said
trustees would like to get the
ordinance through the West
Bloomfield Township Plann-
ing Commission and back to
them for consideration by
Feb. 20.
Although Law said
trustees always give the
planning commission a com-
pletion date a few months
away, Holtz said this pro-
posal could wait until late
The latest proposal is
designed to block the
Lubavitch Foundation's
plans to build its educational
campus on 40 acres it owns
west of the Jewish Com-
munity Center Campus, she
"It is apparent it is the
only reason for the rush,"
Holtz said.
The foundation must pour
concrete on the site by the
end of February to prevent
the township from using the
proposed ordinance to stop
the campus, she said.
Although the foundation is
working on a site plan for its
campus, it does not have
permission to build yet.
"No one seems to be inter-
ested in getting a good or-
dinance, just getting a fast
one," Holtz said.
Law said the trustees are
trying to find the proper
place to put a college in West
Bloomfield. Some trustees do
not believe the proper place
for a college is next to a
residential neighborhood.
"It is not against the
Lubavitch at all," Law said.
If the ordinance is approv-
ed, the foundation could seek
to rezone the land it owns to
office and industrial park
use and get a special use
permit to build the religious
retreat, Law said. But the
entire area surrounding the
foundation's land is zoned
residential so a zoning
change to industrial park
use may be difficult to get.

Law admits, "I haven't
gotten too far with it. But
there are other pieces of
property in West Bloom-
The township has four 20-
acre parcels in areas zoned
for office and industrial park
use that could be used for a
college if the proposal is ap-
proved, Law said.
Rabbi Yitschak Kagan, as-
sociate director of the
Lubavitch Foundation, said
that despite the proposed or-
dinance the foundation is go-
ing ahead with its plans to
build a campus complete
with parks, a Judaica
library, a Jewish art muse-
um, a Soviet Jewish center,
a day care center and a
center for the elderly.
"We are going ahead full
force. We are not even one
iota deterred. The general
mood among us and our sup-
porters is we are going
ahead," Rabbi Kagan said.
In the meantime, West
Bloomfield Township is
fighting another battle, this
one in court, with Congrega-
tion B'nai Moshe after
efforts by the synagogue to
get the trustees to reconsider
a Nov. 20 decision failed.
The trustees denied the
synagogue's special use
permit request and halted
the synagogue's plans to
build a new facility on Drake
Road south of Maple Road.
Synagogue leaders filed suit
against the township Dec.
11, asking the court to re-
verse the decision.
After meeting with
Oakland County Circuit
Court Judge Hilda Gage
Dece. 20, township trustees
were to meet with B'nai
Moshe leaders at the
township hall yesterday to
discuss the issue. ❑

Singles Planning
Night Of Humor

The Jewish Community
Center Singles (25-45) will
have an evening at Chaplin's
Comedy Club West, 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 4.
There is a charge.
Dinner will be at 7 p.m. at
deadline for either event is
Jan. 3. Call 661-1000, Ext.

50-Plus Singles
Set For Chanukah

Temple Israel's Single Ex-
tension Group (50-plus) will
hold a Chanukah dinner
dance, 7 p.m. Dec. 23 at the
A traditional menu and
dessert will be served, with
dance music by Wally Duda.
There is a fee.

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