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October 26, 1990 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-10-26

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Building Bridges
Across 16 Mile


Assistant Editor


t seems like there is
always some sort of con-
struction happening
along Walnut Lake Road in
West Bloomfield, be it road
work or new homes going up.
A bridge is also going up.
Not made of girders, con-
crete and steel, this bridge is
made of people — members
of Temple Israel and their
new neighbors across the
street, the Chaldean Com-
munity Center.
When the Chaldean com-
munity purchased the
Shenandoah Country Club
about a year ago, there was
some concern among both
Chaldeans and Jews of
possible ethnic tensions
between the two com-
munities. Walnut Lake
Road, which has at least
three synagogues, has
neighborhoods heavily
populated by Jews.
"Last year when we
bought the Shenandoah
Club, even before we signed
the agreement, we heard
some grumblings about

OCTOBER 26, 1990 / 7 HESHVAN 5751


Chaldeans establishing a
community center in this
neighborhood," said Kays
Zair, a board member of the
community center. "We
wanted right away to stop
those grumblings. We want-
ed to have good relations
with our neighbors, and we
in turn wanted to be a good
neighbor. Temple Israel, our
neighbor directly across the
street from us, approached
us almost immediately, and
we worked together, setting
up a meeting between their
board and our board."
The immediate result is a
concert, aptly called
"Building Bridges," which
takes place Nov. 8 at Temple
Israel. The concert will
feature entertainers and
dancers from both com-
munities and will be follow-
ed by a social hour.
Temple Israel's Cantor
Harold Orbach, who has
been a major player in the
discussions between the two
groups, will headline the
Jewish segment of the con-
cert. The entertainment will
also include Chaldean singer

Continued on Page 12

A New Debate
Over Bias Label


Assistant Editor


ver since journalist
Wilhelm Marr of
Vienna coined the
term in 1879, the word
"anti-Semitism" has served
to identify enemies of the
Jewish people.
"Anti-Semitism" is used to
define a gamut of anti-
Jewish activities —from the
Nazi slaughter of Jews to the
wolf-in-sheep's clothing
rhetoric evinced by Loui-
siana politician David Duke,
a man who insists he doesn't
dislike Jews, just the control
they have over the American
Whether certain criticism
of Israel and pro-Israel
organizations like AIPAC,
the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee, also con-

stitutes anti-Semitism is the
focus of a debate between
American Jewish Congress
Executive Director Henry
Siegman and Arab-
American Institute (AAI)
head James Zogby.
Mr. Siegman recently sent
an AJCongress fund-raising
letter linking Mr. Zogby
with such figures as Mr.
Duke, a former grand wizard
of the KKK, and Nation of
Islam leader Louis Far-
rakhan, who called Judaism
"a gutter religion."
"At the American Jewish
Congress we are greatly
disturbed by the emergence
in America of the new anti-
Semitism," Mr. Siegman
Mr. Siegman, in an inter-
view, said he is not labeling
Mr. Zogby an anti-Semite.

Continued on Page 22

Adoptees put together the puzzle of their past
as they try to answer the question.


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