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March 16, 1990 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-16

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Project Achim

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Among those participating
in Project Achim, which ex-
pects to receive funding from
private sources and from the
Jewish Welfare Federation
are Yeshivat Akiva, Yeshiva
Beth Yehuda, Bais Yaakov,
Yeshiva Gedolah, Machon
L'Torah, Merkaz, the Na-
tional Council of Synagogue
Youth, Project Achim of
Windsor and Young Israel of
Greater Detroit. The Council
of Orthodox Rabbis is coor-
dinating the project.
Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg
of Young Israel of
Southfield, chairman of Pro-
ject Achim, said forming an
umbrella organization
enables the groups to pool
their resources, avoid
duplication and maximize
their individual skills to aid
the new immigrants.
Yalina Grinman, who
emigrated from the Soviet
Union 10 years ago, is coor-
dinator for the new ac-
culturation program, which
began last month.
Project Achim already has
secured $15,000 in pledges,
to be used to pay for part of
Grinman's salary and office
supplies.
In addition, Project Achim
has requested a matching
grant from the Federation
Culture and Education
Committee, which has rec-
ommended that the Federa-
tion executive committee
give $15,000 to cover the
other half of Grinman's
salary and office expenses.
The executive committee is
scheduled to meet March 27.
The culture and education
committee will recommend
that the Federation award
the following grants:
• $17,120 to Akiva Heb-
rew Day School and the
Agency for Jewish Edu-
cation to cover the cost of
educational programs,
teachers, transportation,
program materials and holi-
day events.
• $3,000 to Yeshiva Beth
Yehudah and Bais Yaakov,
which plan to create Hebrew
language classes, host fami-
ly trips to Jewish cultural
centers and distribute re-
ligious articles.
• $3,500 to Machon
L'Torah to help cover the
costs of a Russian Jewish
library, a bar mitzvah pro-
gram, a lecture series and a
part-time teacher, translator
and coordinator.
• $2,500 to NCSY for
transportation needs, con-
vention costs, Shabbat pro-
grams and publicity.
• $1,300 for each in-
coming Soviet student to at-
tend a private Jewish day
school.
In addition, the Yeshivah

Gedolah is requesting fun-
ding for REST, the Russian
Educational Shabbos and
Torah program that would
sponsor informal Jewish ex-
periences to teens. The
committee did not make a
recommendation on the
Yeshivah Gedolah program.
The grants are to cover ex-
penses through August, the
end of the Federation's fiscal
year.
Rabbi Goldberg said he is
optimistic he will be able to
secure all funds needed for
Project Achim both from the
Federation and private
sources.
"It's important that the
entire community be in-
volved in this partnership,"
he said.
The Lubavitch Founda-
tion, a member of the Coun-
cil of Orthodox Rabbis, is not
participating in Project
Achim.
Lubavtich Foundation
Assistant Director Rabbi
Yitschak Kagan said that
Lubavitch's decision not to
participate in Project Achim
"was mutually agreed upon
by the framers" of the plan.
"They respected our feeling
that it was inappropriate for
us to join together."
He said Lubavitch already
has spearheaded a number
of programs for Soviet Jews.
"We've been active in this
for more than 20 years," he
said. Existing Lubavitch
programs for Soviet Jewish
immigrants, all of which are
conducted by volunteers, in-
clude Passover sedarim led
in Russian; securing a brit
milah for men and boys;
afternoon classes in Hebrew
and Jewish tradition for
children and a high school
for older youth; communal
holiday and Shabbat parties;
and hundreds of annual
visits to families and in-
dividuals.
With such programs,
Lubavitch "didn't want to
stand in line as one more
group that just started,"
Rabbi Kagan said. "We
stand on our own merit as a
distinct organization.
"But we encourage other
organizations to join the
field of outreach because
every effort is positive."
Rabbi Kagan said
Lubavitch also is seeking
funding from the Federation
to expand its Soviet Jewry
programs, but did not give
details.
"We're still in the process
of talking," he said.
Meanwhile, Rabbi Gold-
berg said Project Achim al-
ready has sponsored a
number of successful pro-
grams. ❑

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