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January 19, 1990 - Image 97

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-19

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The meeting is for those working with Jewish singles.

National Meeting Slated
On Jewish Singles Issues

RICHARD PEARL

Staff Writer

T

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wo Nebraska grand-
mothers concerned
about the future of
Jewish life are planning a
nationwide conference on
the group most likely to af-
fect it: Jewish singles.
The National Jewish
Singular Agenda, a two-day
meeting March 25-26 in
Omaha, will be "an intense
discussion of what we can do
together" to help Jewish
singles of all ages — never-
married, divorced or
widowed — in the face of
growing assimilation and in-
termarriage, according to
Mary Fellman and her
sister, Annie Allen.
The meeting, described by
Fellman as "a grassroots
effort to deal with a topic
others are not facing up to,"
is for persons already work-
ing with Jewish singles,
such as professional or vol-
unteer workers from Jewish
community centers, federa-
tions or synagogues and
temples, and Jewish singles
groups or publications. She
said the one-night schedule
is aimed at keeping lodging
and meals under $50 per
person.
The conference will discuss
and attempt to coordinate
efforts on behalf of Jewish
singles, including the
publishing of a national
quarterly Jewish singles
newspaper. The proposal is
for free distribution through
JCCs and synagogues.
"This doesn't mean
destroying anything
anybody else is doing," in-
cluding shadchens (mat-
chmakers), said Fellman.
"There's just no unified
thing for Jewish singles."
As for the meeting, she
said, "We don't want singles

coming in here looking for a
party to meet other singles.
This is for anybody who, on
their own, has said, 'This
(helping Jewish singles meet
and perhaps marry) is what I
want to do.' They have to
have the feeling that what
they are doing is a mitzvah."
The two bubbies — bet-
ween them, they have seven
children and 17 grand-
children — feel that way:
since 1986, they have been
publishing The Connector, a
quarterly Jewish singles
newsletter which has yet to
turn a profit, said Fellman.
She believes the paper is the
only one which also carries
information about activities
and social contacts in about
35 states.
Fellman and Allen's
publication has given them a
unique perspective. Design-
ing their paper to reach
Midwest Jewish singles age
25-40, the publishing
grandmas soon found "there
is a world of singles out
there in their 50s and older
who are also in need of a
support system to meet
others."
The sad part, said
Fellman, is that nobody
seems to be taking much in-
terest in the situation. Sin-
gles groups haven't respond-
ed to her requests for infor-
mation and the presidents of
national Jewish organiza-
tions haven't responded to
her appeal for help in
underwriting a national
newspaper, she said.
"I sent letters to the presi-
dents of every national
Jewish organization that I
thought could be of help, but
the only one I heard from
was Phil Klutznick (former
B'nai B'rith International
president and U.S. ambas-
sador), who liked the idea
and wished us luck. The

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