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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-02-23

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Rabbi Yitschak Kagan, as-
sociate director of the
Lubavitch Foundation, ask-
ed trustees Tuesday night to
postpone any action until he
submits a site plan. He said
a site plan would be com-
pleted in early April.
"Any action to amend the
present zoning ordinance
now, we believe, would be
premature and unfair,"
Rabbi Kagan said. "It also
appears clear from our
research that any action
which would prohibit us
from building this project
would violate our constitu-
tional rights."
Supervisor Sandra Draur,
who voted for the ordinance,
said members of the Jewish
community are confused by
the board's intention,
stating the ordinance
change is not an attack
against the Lubavitch.
"I am sorry you feel it is
pointed toward you. It is
not," she said.
The township first started
looking at land uses for col-
leges early last year.
Lubavitch bought the prop-
erty in January 1989.

B'nai Moshe
Buys Parcel

Like the Lubavitch Foun-
dation, Congregation B'nai
Moshe is not abandoning its
quest to build in West
The synagogue's board
Tuesday night unanimously
voted to purchase a 15-acre
parcel on Drake Road, south
of Maple Road for $665,000.
Synagogue leaders purchas-
ed an option on the land in

August 1988 and had ex-
pected to complete the sale
last November.
But when West Bloomfield
trustees voted Nov. 20 to
deny the synagogue's site
plans, congregation leaders
extended the purchase op-
tion three times at a cost of
$9,000 while they took their
appeal to Oakland County
Circuit Court.
The synagogue is still
awaiting a court date.
Robert Roth, former syn-
agogue president, said pur-
chasing the land leaves an
important option open for
the congregation. If the land
was not bought, the syn-
agogue would either have to
search for a new site or pur-
sue a merger with another
Neither of those options is
precluded by purchasing the
land, Roth said. Those op-
tions would be pursued if the
court decision does not favor
the synagogue.
"We want to fight for our
continued existence," Roth
B'nai Moshe sold its syn-
agogue at the corner of Ten
Mile and Church roads in
Oak Park to United Jewish
Charities for $1.6 million.
The congregation, which
must leave the building by
June 30, will celebrate its
last Shabbat service in the
facility June 23.
Congregation officials ex-
pect to sign an agreement
with the Maple-Drake Jew-
ish Community Center to
use that facility for services.
The agreement does not in-
clude office space so the syn-
agogue plans to rent an of-
fice in West Bloomfield. ❑


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would think they would
unify under a common at-
tack, but it never took
While Jews believe Poles
supported the Nazis, Poles
point to the few who risked
their lives to keep Jews safe,
he said. Poles also feel they
were victims of Nazi
persecution. For every
Polish Jew killed by the
Nazis, a Polish citizen
perished either through
combat or repression.
Today, Polish leaders are
trying to show less anti-
Semitism for economic, po-
litical and moral reasons,
Ziomecki said.
In polite Polish company,
people do not make anti-
Semitic remarks, he said.
Otherwise, they may not be
invited to future parties.

Polish leaders allowed
Shoah to be filmed in their
country and felt betrayed
when Poles with anti-
Semitic feelings were shown,
Ziomecki said.
But officials allowed the
film to be shown in Poland
because they wanted Ameri-
can money, he said. Believ-
ing Jews control American
banks, Polish leaders felt
they could get money if they
showed the film.
Unless something happens
in Poland or in Israel which
unites the two groups,
Ziomecki doesn't believe re-
lations between the two
communities in Detroit will
get better.
"The hope to improve
Polish-Jewish relations is so
immersed within our at-
titudes. No amount of good

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