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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-07-20

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THE JEWISH NEWS

SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS

a

SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY

JULY 20, 1990 / 27 TAMMUZ 5750

Shir Shalom To Purchase
Land In West Bloomfield

SUSAN GRANT

Staff Writer

I

n the next few years,
Temple Shir Shalom offi-
cials expect to have a new
home.
Subject to congregation
approval, the temple will
,D buy an 8.5-acre parcel at the
southeast corner of Orchard
Lake
and Walnut Lake
c-
roads in West Bloomfield for
$675,000, said Robert
Fineman, the temple's past
president. A congregational
meeting is set for July 31 to
discuss the purchase.
Rabbi Dannel Schwartz
expects a new
35,000-square-foot temple
will be built on the site in
two years.
Since its formation two
years ago, the temple has
rented a 9,000-square-foot
space in a Maple Road office
building also in West Bloom-
field to accommodate a
membership that has grown
from 30 families to 500
families.
Although the temple re-
cently rented more space in
the office building for its re-
ligious school, the congrega-
tion needs more room,
Fineman said.
"I think it would be fair to
say in some respects the
building has not met our
needs," Fineman said. The
office building is adequate
for weekly services and some
religious classes. But the
temple has held High Holi-
day services at West Bloom-
field High School to handle
the crowd.
"We knew the building
was not a long-term solu-
tion," Fineman said. "We
knew we were going to need
something larger and more
able to meet the needs of the
congregation. We've been
looking since the time we
first opened up."
The congregation had ex-
amined different lots in the
West Bloomfield area,
Fineman said. Temple offi-
cials settled on this parcel
because of its size, price and
location.

The new site is a mile
away from Shir Shalom's
current meeting place and is
considered a central location
for its members, who mostly

live in West Bloomfield,
Farmington Hills, Bloom-
field Hills and Novi.
If the congregation ap-
proves the purchase, temple
officials must hire an archi-
tect, form a building com-
mittee, gain approval for the
plans from West Bloomfield
Township and raise money
for the project, Rabbi
Schwartz said. He does not
know how much money the
congregation will spend on
the building.

Having a new facility
means the congregation can
continue growing, said
Rabbi Schwartz, who hopes
the temple will have bet-
ween 700 and 1,000 families.
He never expected the con-
gregation to have 500
families as it begins its third
year.
"We had hoped to have 200
families by this time," said
Rabbi Schwartz. "People
seem to feel we fill a par-
ticular niche."

Sinai - Ford
Merger Is Off

KIMBERLY LIFTON

Staff Writer

S

inai Hospital and the
Henry Ford Health
Care Corp. have called
off merger negotiations bet-
ween the two institutions,
Sinai officials announced on
Wednesday.
Sinai President Robert
Steinberg said Ford officials
indicated they were not in a
position to merge but said
they would continue to talk
about implementing joint
programs. Specific programs
have not been discussed, but
Steinberg said joint ventures
would expand business for
Sinai.
Steinberg would not
disclose terms of the decision
but said the hospitals parted
on good terms. Joint venture
discussions are expected to
begin next week.
Sinai began discussing
possible affiliations with
Ford and the Detroit
Medical Center nearly two
years ago in an effort to help
increase the patient load at
Sinai, which regularly fills
between 350 and 400 of its
620 beds.
"We are looking forward,
not backward. We will try to
make it on our own,"
Steinberg said. "We will
look at other hospitals for
possible affiliation.
"We will not let Sinai dis-
appear or die under any cir-
cumstances," he said.
Sinai discontinued
negotiations with the
Detroit Medical Center

(DMC) last September to
move forward with plans to
merge business operations
with Ford. Steinberg said
the hospital may reconsider
an affiliation with the DMC.
Steinberg added that the
two hospitals would con-
tinue their fight for a state-
required certificate of need
to build a 220-bed Ford-Sinai
hospital at Maple and Drake
roads.
"I think things work out
for the best," said Sinai
Trustee Carolyn Greenberg.
"We bargained in good faith
and we parted on good
terms. In the long run it
might be in the best interest
of Sinai to make other ar-
rangements."
Ford President and Chief
Executive Officer Gail
Warden was expected to in-
form the hospital board of
directors of the news on
Thursday. He could not be
reached for comment.
"Ford officials say they
have a full plate of other
things. Sinai is not at the top
of their priority list,"
Steinberg said. "I am not
elated. I am not up or not
down. It was a business
transaction. We will just
move on."
Steinberg said he will con-
sider restructuring Sinai. He
does not expect any job cuts.
"We are not in trouble.
Nobody is panicking. We are
not going out of business,"
he said.
Hospital officials say they
will not merge with any in-
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