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January 26, 1990 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-26

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THE JEWISH NEWS

THIS ISSUE 60(

SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY

JANUARY 26, 1990 / 29 TEVET 5750

Raising The Flag Signals
New Lathrup, Akiva Era

ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM

Features Editor

A

Elisabeth Schreiber, Tal Sharon and Rachel Karlin raise the flag.

Apartments Ask
W. Bloomfield OK

KIMBERLY LIFTON

Staff Writer

I

n its first efforts to build
senior housing that is not
government subsidized,
Jewish Federation Apart-
ments next month will seek
approval of a tentative site
plan for additional apart-
ments in West Bloomfield.
Federation Apartments of-
ficials are expected to ask
West Bloomfield planners on
Feb. 27 to approve a concep-
tual design for a 97-unit
housing complex at the
Hechtman Federation
Apartments on the campus
of the Maple-Drake Jewish
Community Center.
If constructed, the housing
structure will become the fif-

th building for Federation
Apartments, which now pro-
vides 521 units for low in-
come seniors.
Unlike the other buildings
— three grouped in Oak
Park and one in West
Bloomfield — Hechtman
phase II is expected to pro-
vide housing for seniors who
don't qualify for federal
assistance but can't afford
other accommodations. Rent
levels cannot be set until
cost estimates for the project
are completed, apartment of-
ficials said.
"This will be an extension
of what we already do to
provide care for our seniors,"
said Michael Perlman,
former president of the Fed-
Continued on Page 22

kiva Hebrew Day
School hadn't seen
Old Glory since 1985,
when the school's flagpole
was vandalized.
Then last week, after the
student council raised funds
to repair the flagpole, the
school and the flag were
reunited thanks to the
efforts of the Daughters of
the American Revolution.
DAR Three Flags Chapter
Registrar Virginia Platter of
Lathrup Village had driven
by the school and noticed the
Stars and Stripes was miss-
ing. So she contacted Akiva
officials and offered the flag.
Several years ago debates
focused on whether Akiva
would even be allowed in
Lathrup Village, which had
the reputation as a com-
munity less than hospitable
to any but Protestant, white
Americans.
But all that seemed ages
ago when last week hun-
dreds of Akiva students sat
quietly in the school
auditorium as Three Flags
Chapter Regent Harriet
Tindal presented the flag
and described the activities
of the DAR.
The American flag, she

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said, "stands for the hopes
and the ideals of the people
it represents."
The flag represents all
Americans, but Lathrup
Village has not always
welcomed them.
The area's first settlers
came in 1824, when John
Daniels and his family took
up residence in what is now
known as Lathrup Village.
Some 100 years later, Louise
Lathrup and her daughter,
Anne, purchased extensive

Housing contracts
stipulated that
property could not
be resold to blacks,
Jews or other
"undesirables."

land in the area. Their ter-
ritory soon included more
than 1,000 acres, which in-
cludes the city today.
In 1927, a school was built
and named after Anne
Lathrup. Today, Akiva
Hebrew Day School is
located in the former Anne
Lathrup Elementary School.
For many years, Lathrup
Village was open only to a
select few. Potential
residents had to be approved
before they were allowed to
settle in the city. Anne

Lathrup required restrictive
covenants on all housing
contracts, which stipulated
the property could not be
resold to blacks, Jews or
other "undesirables," such
as Italians and Asians, ac-
cording to Anti-Defamation
League Executive Director
Richard Lobenthal.
But then the Supreme
Court ruled illegal all re-
strictive covenants; the
Michigan State Constitu-
tion, in an early 1960s
rewrite, said such covenants
were not enforceable.
With the doors finally
open, first Jews, and later
blacks, Asians and other
former "undesirables" set-
tled in Lathrup Village.
In 1980, Akiva began ren-
ting the Lathrup School
from the Southfield School
District, which had been us-
ing the facility for its special
education center. Akiva pur-
chased the building in 1984.
Founded in 1964, Akiva
held classes at the Chaim
Greenberg United Hebrew
Schools branch, Young
Israel of Oak-Woods and the
United Hebrew Schools on
12 Mile before moving to its
current home.
Prior to the sale, Akiva of-
ficials had to sit through
Continued on Page 22

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