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March 02, 1990 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-02

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Purim Project Brings
Holiday To Others

SUSAN GRANT

Staff Writer

O

rganizers of the Great
Purim Parcel Project
hope to bring the
holiday to those who might
otherwise not experience it.
Harlene Appelman, Jew-
ish Experiences For
Families director, is asking
families throughout the
Detroit area to make attrac-
tive parcels filled with
hamantashen, wine, nuts
and candy. Giving food to

Completed parcels
can be dropped off
between 9 a.m. and
1 p.m. March 11.

friends and neighbors is a
Purim tradition.
The completed parcels can
be dropped off between 9
a.m. and 1 p.m. March 11 at
either the Agency For Jew-
ish Education in Southfield,
the Jimmy Prentis Morris
Jewish Community Center
or the Maple-Drake Jewish
Community Center.
Volunteers from J.E.F.F.,
area youth groups and the
National Council of Jewish
Women will deliver the

parcels to people in the
Shalom Detroit Newcomers
program, Sinai Hospital,
Meals on Wheels program,
the Jewish Home For Aged,
Jewish Federation Apart-
ments and Soviet Jewish
newcomers.
"It's a mitzvah on Purim
to give gifts of food," Ap-
pelman said.
Appelman encourages
parents to let their children
help decorate and prepare
the baskets of food.
But families are not the
only ones participating in
the project. Shir Shalom
students have made the pro-
ject a school activity.
For the parcels, Appelman
asks that food be placed in
clear plastic bags so vol-
unteers can see the items
before delivery.
Begun three years ago as a
joint project of The Jewish
News and J.E.F.F., delivery
was to a few organizations
like Shalom Detroit
Newcomers. The program
was so successful that other
groups asked to be included.
Last year, the parcel pro-
ject was responsible for
delivering 2,000 packages to
Jews on Purim. This year,
Appelman hopes 3,000
packages can be handed
out.



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Rabbi Goldstein outside Chabad House in December.

Ann Arbor Will Debate
Funding For Chabad House

SUSAN LUDMER-GLIEBE

Special to The Jewish News

T

he United Jewish
Appeal/Jewish Com-
munity Association of
Washtenaw County will hold
a public forum at 8 p.m.
March 20 to discuss "whether
or not the UJA/JCA should
fund local organizations
whose national organization
does not embrace the concept
of pluralism within the
Jewish world."

The issue is whether
Chabad House in Ann Arbor
should receive monies from
the UJA/JCA.
"It's a question that's come
up during Super Sundays,"
explains Nancy Margolis,
former interim director of the
UJA/JCA. "Some people said,
`I won't give because you gave
to Chabad." According to
Margolis, some community
members voiced concern
about what they saw as the
divisive character of the
Chabad movement and do not

— and will not — support it
directly or indirectly. "These
people believe Chabad doesn't
unite Judaism and doesn't
build a strong Israel," she
says.
There are others in Ann Ar-
bor who are strong pro-
ponents of allocating funds to
programs, including Chabad-
Lubavitch, which help sup-
port Jewish life within the
community, and take excep-
tion to what they see as the
politicization of charity. "Our
Continued on Page 10

ROUND UP

Michigan Travel
To Israel Up

More than 5,100 Michigan
residents traveled to Israel in
1989, an increase of 8 percent
over 1988 levels.
According to information
provided by the Ministry of
Tourism, 5,148 Michigan
residents visited Israel.
Overall, 260,846 tourists
visited Israel from the United
States, an increase of 6 per-
cent over 1988.
The United States con-
tinued as the largest single
country source of tourism, but
represented only 18 percent of
the 1,422,200 visitors logged
for 1989. European tourism
totalled nearly 700,000 with
the United Kingdom, France
and Germany accounting for
134,550, 131,907 and 119,311
respectively.
Israel's 1989 total is 9 per-
cent higher than 1988.

Israeli Girl
Stops Traffic

Passersby on Arlozorov
Street had no way of know-

ing that inside the Magen
David Adorn Mobile Inten-
sive Care Unit (MICU),
suddenly stopped in the
height of rush-hour traffic, a
new baby was making her
way into the world.
The MICU team met the
future mother on Feb. 11
outside the office of her doc-
tor, who had informed the
MICU unit that the birth
was imminent. Several
minutes en route, the
woman began complaining
of a slight pressure. To his
surprise, the paramedic
found that the baby's head
already was visible.
The MICU unit then pull-
ed to the side of the road, and
a baby girl was born. The
mother and baby were taken
to the hospital, where both
were pronounced in good
health.

Monument Set
For Jewish Fighters

The World Federation of
Old Jewish Fighters,
Resistors and Camp Inmates

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The design for the new monument
to Jewish volunteers in Spain.

is working to raise a
memorial in honor of the
7,000 Jewish volunteers who
fought for the Spanish Re-
public from 1936-1939.
Based in Israel, the World
Federation of Old Jewish
Fighters will inaugurate the
monument on March 25 in
Barcelona.
More than 35,000 vol-
unteers from 53 nations
came to fight for the Republic

of Spain, which was under
attack by Gen. Franco. Both
the Austrians and Soviets
already have raised
monuments to their nation-
als who fought in the
Spanish Brigades.

nothing beats a good pair of
frog's legs.
Se.same Street's Kermit
said it: it's not easy being
green.

Hoppy News
On The Moshav?

New York (JTA) — Israel's
first Ethiopian Jewish Con-
gregation, Shuvu Banim
L'Yehudei Ethiopia, recent-
ly received its first Torah
scroll, courtesy of a disband-
ed Brooklyn synagogue and
the North American Con-
ference on Ethiopian Jewry,
Morris Yom Toy, president
of the dispersed congrega-
tion, saw an article saying
that the new Ethiopian syn-
agogue needed a Torah.
"We didn't want this
Torah to sit in the back of
the ark in a synagogue and
come out once a year," Yom
Tov said. "We want this
Torah to be used as we have
used it."

A moshavnik has come up
with a new way to turn
green — frogs, that is — into
green, i.e. big bucks.
The moshavnik has decid-
ed to bring 250,000 frogs to
his back yard, where he will
raise them in plastic
hothouses, later to be sold.
Other farmers also have ex-
pressed an interest in hopp-
ing onto the frogwagon, as
the little green creatures br-
ing in $10 - $35.
Alas, nobody is jumping to
buy the frogs live, according
to Israel Scene magazine. In-
stead, the frogs have to
croak to make money. They
are sold for use in laboratory
dissections and for dinner —
especially in France, where

Ethiopian Shul
Receives Torah

Compiled by
Elizabeth Applebaum

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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