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March 23, 1990 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-23

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Local Israel Bond Trustees
To Honor Helen Zuckerman


Special to The Jewish News


he Jewish Community
Center's Aaron DeRoy
Theatre has been
The remodeling cost about
$15,000 and took three
weeks to complete.
Now, each succeeding row
of chairs is on an eight-inch
riser to improve sight lines.
"Sight lines have always
been a problem with that
facility from the beginning,"
said Dr. Morton Plotnick,
executive director of the
Jewish Community Center.
Before moving from its
Meyers' location in Detroit
to the Maple-Drake building

in 1975, the JCC's plans pro-
jected a full theater for the
West Bloomfield location
with 1,000-plus seats.
However, the Aaron
DeRoy Theatre only has 270
"We've been talking about
changing the theater for the
last number of years," Plot-
nick said. "With the success
of Nancy Gurwin Produc-
tions and Jewish Ensemble
Theatre, we felt it was time
and necessary."
Audiences can see the
changes as the Jewish
Ensemble Theatre stages
The Last Resort through
April 1. And Gurwin's Once
Upon A Mattress will open
April 21.

Rally For Soviet Jews
To Feature Refusenik

Irina Tsivkin has been in
refusal for more than 13
years. She will speak to the
Community Assembly and
Call to Action of the Jewish
Community Council at 8 p.m.
March 28 at Congregation
Shaarey Zedek.
Tsivkin and her husband
Vladimir are now the only
refuseniks left in Leningrad.
In 1989 they were granted
permission to emigrate. After
eight days of activity to
prepare, they were notified
that their permission had
been a mistake and had been
Several months later,
Vladimir was permitted to at-
tend the international con-
ference on human rights in
Paris. The Tsivkins took this
as a signal that they might be
permitted to emigrate if they
were to again apply. Not only
were they denied a second
time, but were told that allow-
ing Vladimir to attend the


Paris conference had also
been a "mistake."
Vadimir has cancer of the
thyroid. As the Soviet Union
lacks the capability to proper-
ly treat the disease,
Vladimir's only hope for sur-
vival is to leave. He has not
yet been given permission,
and it is unknown how long
the Soviet Union will allow
Irina to remain in the United
The Detroit Jewish com-
munity will have an oppor-
tunity to act on behalf of
Soviet Jews at the rally for
Soviet Jewry.
The Jewish Community
Council will provide letters
for each attendee to sign,
demanding that the Soviet
government act to halt the
growing threat of violence
against Jews in the Soviet
Other letters will urge that
all Jews be given immediate
permission to leave.

B'nai Moshe Sets
Pesach Workshop

"Passover: A Family Affair"
will be the theme of a
Passover workshop conducted
by Rabbi Allan Meyerowitz at
10 a.m. on April 1 at Con-
gregation B'nai Moshe.
The program will provide
practical hints and valuable
suggestions on how to con-
duct a family-oriented
Passover seder.
For information, call the
synagogue, 548-9000.

Oak-Woods Hosts
Lunch And Learn

Young Israel of Oak-Woods
will host a lunch and learn
with Edward Codish follow-
ing Shabbat services March
Codish, a faculty member
at Akiva Hebrew Day School,
will discuss, "An American-
View of Israeli Society."
There is a charge, and reser-
vations are required by
March 26. For information,
call the synagogue, 398-1177.

Syme Plays
At Emanu-El

Detroit native David Syme
will perform in a benefit con-
cert at Oak Park's Thmple-
Emanu-El at 8 p.m. on March

Helen Zuckerman:
Bonds tribute.


JCC's DeRoy Theatre
Gets A New 'Look'

trustees of the DSO, fund-
raising for the Maestro Cir-
cle; and the board of directors
of the Michigan Cancer Foun-
dation, where she has
established the Paul Zucker-
man Memorial Fund. She is
also a member of the Women's
Division Board of the Jewish
Welfare Federation's
Long-time benefactors of
Israel, the Zuckermans
established a study hall at
Hebrew University, a day-
care center and a park, all in
Jerusalem; and a Red Magen
David full-cardiac-service am-
bulance and are financing the
building of a community
center in S'de Boker near Ben
Gurion University in the
Negev Desert.


Aaron DeRoy Theatre gets a new look.

Metro Detroit Women's
Division of Israel Bonds will
pay tribute to Helen Zucker-
man at a Diamond Trustee
Society/Prime Minister's
Club dinner on May 3 in the
home of Linda and Martin
Zuckerman, an on-going
member of Israel Bond's top-
level President's Club, will be
presented with an award from
the State of Israel. She and
her husband, Paul, who died
in 1986, became leaders ear-
ly on in Israel's Bond
The Zuckermans' contribu-
tions include the building of
a teaching auditorium and a
conference center at Sinai
Hospital of Detroit and a pre-
kindergarten at Temple Beth
El; patronage of the Detroit
Institute of Arts, the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra and
Mercy College; support and
leadership for the Michigan
Cancer Foundation.
Zuckerman serves on the
board of the DIA — Friends of
Modern Art; on the board of

Akiva Day School
Will Cite Joanne Zuroff

Joanne Zuroff has been
chosen as the Akiva Hebrew
Day School Ayshet Chayil
(Woman of Valor) awardee.
She will receive the award at
the school's annual banquet
May 6 at Congregation Beth
Zuroff served on the na-
tional board of Amit Women.
She also served as regional
vice president and president
of the local Batya Chapter.
Five Zuroff children have
attended Akiva. The Zuroffs
have participated in many
Akiva activities and have pro-
moted the school's growth
and development.
A patron reception will be
held in Zuroff s honor at 7:30
p.m. March 27 at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Schlussel.

Joanne Zuroff:
Akiva honoree.

Gunsberg Honored

Arlene (Leanie) Gunsberg,
10-year staff member of the
Jewish Community Center,
has been named professional
of the year by her peers in
the Central Region, Associ-
ation of Jewish Center Pro-
"She is recognized as
someone who gives over 100
percent in any program in
which she is involved," said
Marty Oliff, assistant exec-
utive director.
Since 1985, Gunsberg has
been director of the JCC's
program for the develop-
mentally disabled. The
following year, she served
six months as teen director.

Leanie Gunsberg:
National award.



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