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September 07, 1990 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-09-07

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SEPTEMBER 7, 1990 / 17 ELUL 5750


JCC Breaks Ground
For Charach Art Wing


Staff Writer


he Jewish Community
Center this week
broke ground for an
$850,000 art wing to be built
at the Maple-Drake JCC in
the name of the late artist,
Janice Charach Epstein.
Expected to open this spr-
ing, the 7,200-square-foot,
three-story art wing will be
funded by a $1 million en-
dowment from the Charach
family. The endowment pro-
ceeds will also be used to
operate the facility.
"It is marvelous for the
family to recognize and
memorialize their daughter
through the arts in this in-
credibly valuable tradition,"
said JCC Executive Director
Dr. Mort Plotnick. "It will
contribute to the cultural
fabric of the Jewish com-
"I like to build on a
positive," Dr. Plotnick said.
"I feel this can enrich the

community. A wealth of
Jewish experience can be
expressed through art."
Manny and Natalie
Charach approached Dr.
Plotnick with the idea of an
art wing shortly after their
daughter's death from
cancer a year ago. Mrs. Eps-
tein, who specialized in
water color paintings, was
In addition to the arts,

A new art wing is

scheduled to be
open by spring

Mrs. Epstein was involved in
Na'amat and the Red Magen
David for Israel.
"We wanted to perpetuate
her name in this manner be-
cause she was an artist," Mr.
Charach said, adding some
of her water color paintings
will be on display at the mu-
The art wing, part of the

JCC's original plans, will be
built near the executive of-
fices on the east side of the
lobby, facing Drake Road.
The art gallery/Judaica mu-
seum will be two levels, with
a third for storage and
future projects.
When the museum opens,
doors to the entrance will be
etched in glass with one of
Mrs. Epstein's paintings.
"This museum is about her
and her love for art," Mrs.
Charach said.
JCC officials said con-
struction for the wing should
be underway within the
next few weeks. When com-
pleted next spring, the wing
will be a showpiece for
traveling Jewish art ex-
"Ultimately, if we get
money for a cultural arts
wing, this museum will
become the lobby for it," said
JCC President Linda Lee.
"Part of the purpose of the
Jewish center is to bring

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Religious Schools Open
With No Labor Problems


Staff Writer


o threat of teacher
strikes loom on the
horizon as students in
both Jewish day and after-

noon schools begin a new
Hillel Day School students
went back to school Sept. 4
after teachers signed a two-
year contract last week.
The agreement, which in-

Suzie Solarz kisses daughter Kimberly goodbye on the first day of
kindergarten at Hillel Day School.

cludes slightly higher
wages, is similar to the
former contract, said Marcia
Fishman, the school's exec-
utive director. The contract
was signed after a handful of
meetings where money was
the main issue, said Ms.
Fishman. Sheila Charlip,
who headed the negotiations
for the 54 Hillel teachers,
said both sides are happy
with the agreement. Neither
group would disclose details
of the contract.
Contract talks were also
held at the Agency for Jew-
ish Education's United Heb-
rew Schools and Congrega-
tion Shaarey Zedek.
Ofra Fisher, AJE's exec-
utive director, said contract
talks went smoothly and
classes are set to begin Sept.
Leonard Baruch, Shaarey
Zedek's administrator, said
both the nursery school
teachers and the religious
school staff signed a three-
Continued on Page 22



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