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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-11-09

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Editor Emeritus

Representative Broomfield's Salute to JARC


eeply impressed by
accomplishments of
JARC — Jewish Asso-
ciation for Residential Care —
Michigan Congressman
William Broomfield shared
his enthusiasm for the
greater Detroit Jewish Com-
munity's sponsored cause
with a statement outlining
the values of the movement.
He expressed his views in the
Oct. 27 Congressional Record.
Calling attention to JARC's
aid to proper housing, educa-
tional programming, especial-
ly reading encouragement, as
well as religious identifica-
tion, Mr. Broomfield en-
couraged support for JARC in
order to provide added
facilities for the hundreds
whose families apply for their
admission into newly created
facilities. .
Mr. Broomfield's statement
on JARC, which now has per-
manent Congressional recor-
ding, appears in the Oct. 27
Congressional Record as
Mr. Speaker, I rise today
to honor a Jewish associa-

Rep. Broomfield

tion providing residential
care for persons with
developmental disabilities
(JARC). This week, I met
with several members of
JARC who are visiting
Washington. These devel-
opmentally disabled adults
impressed me with their
enthusiasm, independence,
and zest for life.
JARC was founded in

Michigan in 1969 by a
group of parents concern-
ed about their children.
JARC provides a con-
tinuum of residential care
and support services to in-
dividuals and their
families in the Detroit
metropolitan area. JARC
currently operates 11
Haverim Homes in
southern Oakland County
— Haverim means friend-
ship in Hebrew. The
Haverim Homes serve a
wide range of individuals
— those who have lived in
institutions for many years
and those who are prepar-
ing for independent living.
The homes provide attrac-
tive, clean, and comfor-
table settings for their
residents who share daily
responsibilities, according
to each individual's
Over 280 people current-
ly are waiting for place-
ment in Haverim Homes.
In order to meet the needs
of individuals waiting for
placement, JARC has a

family assistance program
which provides counseling
and help in locating in-
terim placement.
In addition to the
Haverim Homes, JARC of-
fers a support program for
developmentally disabled
individuals who live in-
dependently in con-
dominiums. The JARC
staff trains and counsels
individuals in specific
areas, such as meal plann-
ing or managing emergen-
cy situations. This pro-
gram enables participants
to achieve greater in-
dependence each day.
JARC receives 25 per-
cent of its operating costs
through private fund-
raising. The Michigan
Department of Mental
Health and the Oakland
County Community Men-
tal Health Services Board
also provide funding for
JARC programs. Addi-
tionally, money contribu-
tions and personal time
donated by over 100
volunteers help to make

JARC an ongoing success.
JARC's residential pro-
grams are more innovative,
less expensive, and more
comfortable than institu-
tional care and I would like
to see similar private
residential services en-
couraged by the Federal
Government. I commend
JARC for its quality
residential care and its
support services for the
developmentally disabled.
JARC's talented and dedi-
cated staff deserves our ap-
plause for its commitment
to serving others.
Hosting a JARC group in
his Washington office Oct. 25,
Mr. Broomfield wished the
movement success in pro-
viding additional facilities for
the hundreds waiting for
residential care.
Scores of messages of ap-
preciation for Mr.
Broomfield's support of JARC
include gratitude for his
leadership in Congress and
community defense of Israel
and in endorsing Zionist
idealism. 0

Leonard Bernstein's Israel Connection


ultiplying tributes
to the genius of Leo-
nard Bernstein in-
clude his Israel Connection.
There was always a sharing
of enthusiasms in the en-
couragement he gave to the
Israeli musicians from the
earliest years of the state's
rebirth. We benefited from his
enthusiasm the several times
we were with him at the
social functions that followed
musical events in Tel Aviv
and Jerusalem.
It is not enough to
remember an Israel Connec-
tion relation to Leonard Bern-
stein. He will be remembered
as having lived with many
Jewish Connections: composi-
tions such as "Kaddish", his
family background, his

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musical associations — all
were in large measure
Nevertheless, the Israel
aspect was predominant at a
dinner that was given in his
honor by the America-Israel
Cultural Foundation. It was
one of many functions in
recognition of his Israel Con-
nection in the mid-1950s.
At the dinner, held at the
Waldorf-Astoria in New York,
there was the showing of film-
ed messages from David Ben
Gurion in Tel Aviv, and Presi-
dent Dwight D. Eisenhower
in Washington.
The salutations were like a
common denominator of two
world personalities in their
accord and admiration for the
creator and director's gift of
musical themes to mankind.
Both paid due respect to the
values of the America-Israel
Cultural Foundation.
The Ben-Gurion message
did imply that there were
challenges to be met, that
Israel's road is not smooth.
He stressed that there is a
cause to be appreciated. In his
greeting, that could also be
viewed as an appeal to action,
he stated:
I am very grateful to be
able to participate,
through this ingenious
medium of communica-
tion, in the America-Israel
Cultural Foundation

Testimonial Dinner in
honor of my friend,
Maestro Leonard
Leonard Bernstein oc-
cupies a special place in
the hearts of the people of
Israel. He first came to us,
ten years ago, when we
were engaged in a life and
death struggle for our in-
dependence, and has been
coming to us ever since,
bringing the delight of
music to our people
everywhere. Indeed, we
have come to look upon
him as almost our own
Leonard Bernstein. I am
sure you will forgive us for
claiming to share him with
you. Together we salute
him today.
May I take this oppor-
tunity also to add a word of
sincere appreciation to the
hosts of this evening's
gathering, the America-
Israel Cultural Founda-
tion. This organization has
already made an impor-
tant contribution to the
cultural life of Israel, en-
couraging and supporting
some forty Israeli cultural
We in Israel firmly
believe that if nations plac-
ed greater emphasis on the
export of their cultural at-
tainments rather than on
threats posed by their

Ben Gurion


destructive might, the
world would be a happier
and more peaceful place
for the human race.

President Eisenhower's
message must be viewed as
the reaction to that period of
the very early years in
Israel's redeemed history
when Israel was creating
universities, arousing support
for art centers, organizing or-
chestras. That is why, in his
tribute he gave special con-
sideration to the America-
Israel Cultural Foundation.
He dealt with the cultural
factors, as he stated:
I am happy to pay my
personal tribute to the
America-Israel Cultural
Foundation, which has
done much fine work in
promoting cultural inter-
change between the two
I have always believed
that by mutual sharing of


cultural wealth among
peoples we can draw
closer to the goal of mutual
understanding and peace.
The America-Israel
Cultural Foundation is an
organization which is
working toward this goal.
I have been told it has
long sponsored a lively
traffic in American art and
artists and their counter-
parts in Israel.

Your guest of honor,
Leonard Bernstein, is a
leader in this good work.
Through the interna-
tional language of music,
he has brought the good
will of the United States to
our friends in many lands.
The success he achieved
through his tour of Latin
America is well known,
and I am sure the good
seeds he planted there will
bear rich fruit.

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