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October 12, 1990 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-10-12

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THE JEWISH NEWS

SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY

SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS

OCTOBER 12, 1990 / 23 TISHREI 5751

Major Donors
Open Campaign

STAFF REPORT

my months after the
same contributors
gave $13 million to
the special Operation Ex-
odus campaign for Soviet
Jewry, major Jewish donors
in Detroit this week pledged
a record $9.85 million to the
1991 Allied Jewish Cam-
Paign.
Sixty of the Jewish com-
munity's largest con-
tributors attended the an-
nual Campaign kick-off
meeting hosted by Max
Fisher. Their pledges were
$368,000 more than their
gifts last year.
The annual meeting at the
Fisher home has been the
pacesetter meeting for the
Allied Jewish Campaign for
15 years, raising one-third of
the annual total. The Cam-
paign helps fund 60 local,
national and international
Jewish service agencies.
Campaign leaders
downplayed the effects of the
slowing economy on Cam-
paign gifts this year. Joseph
Orley, 1991 Campaign
chairman with Larry
Jackier, said donors "keep
blinders on and continue
working toward the objec-

tive. We try not to let outside
circumstances affect the
Campaign."
He added that Campaign
leaders will try to involve
more young people this year
and broaden the Campaign
base with more outreach.
"Remember," Mr. Orley
said, "our premise was
70,000 Jews in the Detroit
area but our population
study says there are
96,000."
Mr. Jackier said the Cam-
paign will strive to "reach
pockets of people who have
not been involved in the
past." He pointed to new
participation in last year's
Solidarity Walk and in host
families who signed up for
the JCC-Maccabi Games.
Mr. Fisher's daughter,
former Campaign chairman
Jane Sherman, explained
Israel's needs during Mon-
day's meeting. She said
Israel's service agencies
need Campaign dollars to
replace funds being directed
toward Soviet resettlement.
"Israelis are making an
enormous sacrifice to
welcome the newcomers,"
Mrs. Sherman said.
"Operation Exodus can't
make up for the regular
ongoing needs." ❑

Farrakhan Visits:
Always A Protest

PHIL JACOBS

Assistant Editor

W

hen Rev. Louis Far-
rakhan speaks,
area Jews listen .. .
and march and cry out.
The Nation of Islam leader
has received the glut of his
notoriety since the mid-
1980s and was given a surge
of publicity when he spoke
before a full house at New
York's Madison Square
Garden in 1985.
Each time the controver-
sial religious figure from
Chicago speaks, it is assum-
ed that he'll touch upon his
two favorite subjects, black
separatism and how he be-
lieves Jews are responsible
for the economic downfall of
blacks. His labeling Judaism

a "gutter" religion and
Hitler a "great" man have
put him on the "watch list"
not only of the Anti-
Defamation League and
American Jewish Congress
but of community relations
councils all over the country.
But at what point does
Rev. Farrakhan become old
news and the protests and
outcrys end? The reverend
this weekend will be mak-
ing at least his second
trip to Michigan this year.
Once again he will draw
his share of protestors. Last
February, the issue involved
public funding of his
Michigan State University
speech. This tim.e around,
he'll again be speaking
at MSU and Sunday

Continued on Page 22

On Simchat Torah, a look at the
history of several local scrolls.

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