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November 16, 1990 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-11-16

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1990

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here are many Jewish
families. But there are
too few families of
Jews," said Professor Gerald
Bubis, pointing to the prob-
lems that afflict the Jewish
community and the Jewish
family.
He told the Women's Divi-
sion Institute of the Jewish
Welfare Federation last
week that modern Jewish
families are facing a host of
problems: the cost of being
Jewish and the cost of Jew-
ish services are too high;
Jews are succeeding in the
secular world to the point
where Jews are becoming
"Jewish amnesiacs"; the
Holocaust and Israel shapes
the older generation's Jew-
ish thinking, but they do not
work for the younger ge-
neration who did not live
through the Holocaust or
Israel's creation.
In witty, humorous pre-
sentations Nov. 7-8, Dr.
Bubis quietly placed the
problems of the Jewish
community back in the lap of
Jewish individuals. Staying
Jewish, he said, "is a matter
of what you value and what
you do with it."
There are no quick fixes to
keeping a family strongly
Jewish. But he advocates
public and private behaviors
that affirm Judaism,
memory bank building by
celebrating Jewish events
and holidays as a family,
and "enveloping your life
with significant, joyful and
continuing behaviors" that
affirm Judaism.
Dr. Bubis is founding di-
rector of the School of Jewish
Communal Service at the
Hebrew Union College
Jewish Institute of Re-
ligion in Los Angeles. He
challenged the audience to
think through its own com-
mitment to Judaism.
"What do you listen to,
what do you talk about,
what kind of art do you have
in your home? What schools
do youi- children attend and
where do you live?" All of
these factors influence chil-
dren's perceptions of
Judaism, he said, and the
importance parents place
upon Judaism.
"If it is important to be a
Jew, then a whole series of
behaviors follow," he said.
"A Jew gives to the Jewish
federation, a Jew reads the
Jewish newspaper, goes to

Dr. Gerald Bubis:
No quick fixes.

the synagogue, and helps
Soviet Jews.
"None of this is simple.
But will is at the heart of it
all." And Dr. Bubis admo-
nishes parents that being
Jewish is "very under-
whelming" to many young
people who have learned
from their parents' actions
that being Jewish does not
mean anything to their lives
or lifestyle.
"Your children will not
become anything that you
are not yourself," he warn-
ed. "Many believe that we
can't make it in America to-
day if we are overtly Jewish
. . . Everybody is a Jew by
choice today. You have to
choose to be Jewish. And if
our children have been
taught to choose between
pleasure and pain, and that
Judaism is painful, why
should they choose pain?"
Dr. Bubis said the modern
world has the capability of
swallowing the Jewish
community. "We are the
first Jews — the fourth ge-
neration in the greatest open
society in history — without
the tools to make the fifth or
sixth generations Jew-
ish." ❑

Workmen's Circle
Plans Bazaar

The Workmen's Circle
Schools will hold their annual
fund-raiser gala bazaar at
noon Nov. 18 at Workmen's
Circle. The bazaar will
feature gift booths, buffet
meal, bake sale, toy sale,
game sale, white elephant
sale, raffle, Entertainment
Books, Chanukah gifts and
wrapping paper.

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