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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-12

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I LIFE IN ISRAEL I

PROPOSED CHANGES FOR ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF
UNITED JEWISH CHARITIES OF DETROIT

The United Jewish Charities of Detroit (UJC) has reviewed its current Articles of
Incorporation and has identified certain provisions which are inconsistent with the activities in which the
UJC is currently engaged. The Articles of Incorporation presently in force are in the original form dating
back to 1899 when the UJC was created. In order to conform the legal framework of the UJC to its
present-day purposes and the goals which it seeks to achieve, three changes to the Articles of Incor-
poration are required:

(a) The current corporate purposes of the UJC provide:

Article Ill. Its object shall be to relieve want and distress among the deserving
Jewish poor in our midst; to make them self-dependent and self supporting, and to dis-
courage pauperism among them, and by uniting in a common bond the members of the
various Jewish charitable, philanthropic and benevolent associations of the city of Detroit,
establish a system under which the aims and purposes of this corporation may by united
effort, be more effectively carried out.

(b) It is recommended that the UJC corporate purposes be changed as follows:

Article III. The object of this corporation is to accept, hold and disburse monies
and other property and assets for charitable purposes, to support and encourage the work
and program of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Detroit and its constituent agencies,
generally to promote the health, welfare and happiness of the community, and to engage
in any activity within the purposes for which a non-profit corporation may be organized
under the laws of the State of Michigan.

(c) The current article describing the members of the Board of the UJC provides:

Its management and control shall be vested in an Executive Board consisting of
twenty trustees who shall hold office for one year and until their successors qualify.
Its regular officers shall be a President, first Vice President, second Vice Presi-
dent, Secretary and Treasurer, all of whom shall be elected by the Board of Trustees at its
annual meeting, and all of whom, except the secretary and treasurer, shall be chosen from
the members of said board.
The time of holding the annual meeting of this corporation shall be during the
last week in the month of October of each year and the place of holding the same shall be
in the said city of Detroit.
Such Board of Trustees shall be authorized to delegate its powers or any
thereof, to such committee or committees of its own body as it may select, and as provid-
ed in its by-laws.

(d) It is recommended that a new article be adopted which would provide:

Article IV. The members of this corporation shall consist of all the members of
the Board of Directors of this corporation at the time of adoption of this article, of members
of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Detroit during their term of
office, and such other persons as may by a majority vote be admitted to membership by
the Board of Directors of this corporation from time to time.

(e) The corporate existence should be changed to perpetual:

Article VI. The corporate existence of the corporation shall be perpetual.

The applicable statutes and laws of the State of Michigan require that a majority of
all members of the UJC who are entitled to vote, approve the proposed changes to the Articles of Incor-
poration. Members' proxy votes will be solicited by mail for approval of the proposed changes as outlined
above.

Robert P. Aronson, Secretary
Michael E. Berke, Director

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Technion researchers study damage to Israeli terrain.

Technion Researching
Salt Damage To Soil

Haifa — A nationwide team
of researchers headed by Pro-
fessor Yoram Avnimelech of
the agricultural engineering
faculty at Technion-Israel In-
stitute of Technology in Haifa
has been studying ways to
reverse salt-damage to the
soil in Israel's northern
valleys and coastal plain for
more than two years.
The team, appointed by the
Israeli government, expects to
make its recommendations in
three years.
Once reforms are im-
plemented, it will take five
years to reverse the damage,
Avnimelech says.
Over-concentration of salt
in soil makes land infertile
and affects many of the
world's semi-arid regions,
such as California, India and
the Middle East.
Much Israeli farmland is
menaced by saline soil
because excessive irrigation
results in higher levels of salt-
saturated water.
Reservoirs built on damm-
ed river beds also block the
rivers and streams that are
drained by the Mediterra-
nean Sea and trap the salty

water in the root zones of
crops.
"We don't want to cut down
on irrigation, which would
give us less agricultural pro-
duction," Avnimelech says.
His team has been studying
ways to redesign irrigation so
that the amount of water in-
troduced into the land does
not exceed the underground
drainage system's ability to
carry water out to the sea.
They would also like to in-
crease the permeability of the
soil to allow water to sink
faster into the underground
drain pipes, to remove some
reservoirs that block rivers
and streams and construct
new ones that do not impede
drainage.
"It is a long-term effort,"
Avnimelech says, "but one
that is worthwhile not only
for Israel but for farming
worldwide."
Technion-Israel Institute of
Technology is central to
Israel's economic develop-
ment and security, and the
nation's only comprehensive
academic center for advanced
technology, science and ap-
plied research.

Messianic Jews Denied
Law Of Return Rights

Jerusalem — "Messianic
Jews" cannot claim the right
to come to Israel as im-
migrants by virtue of the
Law of Return, the High
Court of Justice ruled Dec.
25. The court held
unanimously that Jews who
believe in Jesus are
"members of a different
faith," because they have
withdrawn themselves from

the Jewish people and con-
verted voluntarily.
The Law of Return states
that "every Jew has a right
to come to this country as an
oleh." An amemdment
defines as a Jew anyone born
of a Jewish mother or con-
verted to Judaism.
The court was ruling on
the petition of Gary and
Shirley Beresford who were

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