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March 30, 1990 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-30

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Fein Challenges

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ish community comprised of
desperate and rudderless
"Theodor Herzl offered
himself as our rudder," Fein
said. "Yet today, we swallow
our heroes and we soon
become bored with them.
Those who might have
become our leaders have
been through analysis. We
have gone from a people
with charisma to bureau-
Fein said managers, not
leaders, guide the Jewish
"That is the difference
between inertia and vision,"
he said. "Having arrived at
bureaucracy does not mean
we have to stay there. We
need to induce development
of a vision to rouse us from
Jewish survival is at risk,
Fein said. "And we have
internal, not external ero-
sion. We can not live on in-
spiration that Israel sur-
vives or on the shock of the
Holocaust. Never again!
works well as a slogan, but it
is reactive and fails to tell us
what to embrace.
"The urgency of Jewish
survival is not self-evident,"
Fein said. "If Israel and the
Holocaust are crutches, our
crutches are falling and
breaking and we can't stand
without crutches."
Fein said American Jew-
ish life is fractured.
"It is time to move beyond
warnings. It is time to sound
an alarm. Jewish survival
was never intended to be an
Judaism, he said, has
become an option based on
noncompelling reasons like
stubbornness. Too many
people, he said, choose

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Judaism because they don't
want to afford a victory to
Hitler. And not enough, Fein
said, select Judaism because
it provides a pleasant, com-
fortable, kind life with sanc-
tity and solace.
"I don't believe the Jewish
people is fulfilled," he said.
"We are busy. We are busy

Leonard Fein:
Fractured Judaism.

going to meetings, forming
committees. But we are not a
nurturing community.
"If we say we are a people
of compassion, we must do
it," he said. "We know what
it feels like to have our backs
turned. We must clothe the
naked and feed the hungry.
"You can not be a Jew
committed to justice and be
ignorant of social and public
policy," he said. "I think the
Jewish people are a useful,
productive vehicle for repair.
We are fixers and we are
menders." ❑


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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 1990

Doreen Hermelin accepts the "Freddy" on behalf of the Allied Jewish
Campaign's Women's Division. Campaign chairmen Paul Borman, left,
and Joseph Orley presented the award to the women for covering a
higher percentage of their pledge cards than any other division. The
Campaign closed March 22 with a record $25.4 million — $1.3 million
more than last year — and a projection of $28 million by the end of

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