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April 12, 1991 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-04-12

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EDITORIAL

Southfield, Not Bloomfield

Once again, the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion is making pretty specific rumblings
about moving out of its Detroit head-
quarters to a new home on Telegraph Road
in Bloomfield Township.
And once again, we're asking why not
Southfield? This newspaper was criticized
recently when it reported that results of
the Federation's demographic study in-
dicated some 20 to 40 percent of
Southfield's Jews were considering leaving
the city for the outer suburbs. We were
asked why we didn't write more about the
60 percent who are staying?
Apparently the . Federation isn't listening
to those complaints because like those
Jews leaving the more urban areas for the
outer suburbs, the Federation is running
also.
Federation leaders justified an earlier
bid for a piece of property along Nor-
thwestern Highway in Farmington Hills
by calling the area the center of the Jewish
population. While Bloomfield Township is
an important area of Jewish growth and
Jewish lifestyle, it is hardly the center of
this Jewish community. What better
statement to have made to the Detroit
metro area than to have located the new

headquarters in a racially mixed, multi-
religious area like Southfield, which also
remains the region's economic and busi-
ness hub.
If we think that the location of the new
headquarters should be further out in
areas where Jewish long-term growth is
happening, then Bloomfield Township
might not be far enough. Maybe we should
look to put the headquarters in Clarkston
or Novi or even Lansing?

backroom war deals.
There are many, many issues that Israel
and the region will not be able to resolve
overnight. But in the context of the world's
past unrestrained criticism of Israel, now
even the critics need to step back and let
the cause of peace at least have a theater,
not of war, but of peace. Israel has shown a
willingness to at least talk. And while
Arab brothers sit back and watch other
Arab brothers exterminate one another in
Iraq while the world remains quiet, we ap-
plaud Israel for having the guts, and polit-
ical fortitude, to come forward on the side
of peace and reason.
We are encouraged by this step forward.
And now we wait for the Arab world to re-
spond.

Israel's Future At 43

Next Thursday is Yom Ha'atzmaut,
Israeli Independence Day. At the age of 43,
the state that only visionaries ever thought
would exist — and that enemies have done
their best to try to destroy — begins to
reach middle-age.
Great changes have occurred in Israel
and in the world during these 43 years.,
And many nations have changed their at-
titudes toward Israel.
One of the most substantial modifica-
tions occurred, however briefly, during the
Persian Gulf war. While Iraqi Scud mis-
siles were landing on civilian centers in the
Jewish state, Saudi Arabia, which was
under similar attack, expressed compas-
sion with Israel, a nation with which it is

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1991

ALiliA
RIMING
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WACE IS
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Federation leaders, the city of Detroit is
littered with monuments that we used to
call synagogues. Please don't set a trail of
abandonment that our future generations
will be able to trace beyond Eight Mile
Road and into the outer suburbs. Stay put
and make a stand.
The city of Southfield is the place to
make that stand. There is office space
available and land available. Let's look
into it before the final decision is made.
And by the way, to those of you who
wrote and called here to voice your com-
plaints over stories indicating Jewish
movement out of Southfield, where are you
now, now that the Federation has chosen to
bypass Southfield.

Now We Hope For Peace

First comes the restraint of the Persian
Gulf war, a restraint that proved to be
Israel's greatest retaliatory weapon
against Saddam Hussein. Instead of break-
ing up the allied coalition, Israel won
praise from members of the world commun-
ity.
Now Israel is to enter into a regional
peace meeting co-sponsored by Washington
and Moscow. Even though in these early
stages there is no structure or agenda set,
we recognize this step by Israel as respon-
sible and positive.
We urge Israel and the United States to
work together in such a way that they
show even the allied coalition's Arab
members that there is a closeness between
the two countries that transcends

Dry Bones

technically at war. Just as there are no
atheists in foxholes, so, too, there are only
humans — not Arabs, not Israelis, not Jews
— when innocents are attacked by a com-
mon enemy.

Unfortunately, this glimpse of Arabic
compassion for Israelis was all too fleeting.
But it illustrated the potential for this arid,
compelling region where Abraham, a pro-
phet to Jews and Moslems, and Mohammed,
a prophet to Moslems, once worshipped their
God.
It also holds out the possibility that
Israel, a nation founded by the sword, need
not necessarily fear that the sword is the
only tool which will assure its survival.

-

I LETTERS

Is The Problem
AIDS Vs. Elderly?

Parking Story
Was Helpful

Your article on AIDS in the
Jewish community (April 5)
was very well done but left
out one important point of
view. It is too bad you did not
interview nursing home
residents about caring for
AIDS patients in nursing
homes.
Aging is not a disease. The
elderly who look to our
Jewish Home for Aged want
to continue living their lives
as Jews. They should not be
the ones who have to give up
the limited spaces that exist
for them for people with a cer-
tain disease. Nor do I believe
they should have to share
their house with people who
have such serious and dif-
ferent needs.
When my mother-in-law ap-
plied to the Home there was
a waiting list; where will the
elderly live and where will
they wait if people with AIDS
take their places? The Jewish
community can look to Sinai
Hospital, where we cannot fill
beds, rather than put aged
people out of their home.
There are many questions
yet to be answered. Some at-
tention should be given to the
needs of nursing home
residents; surely their voice
counts as well.

I would like to thank you for
your article (March 22) con-
cerning the misuse of the
handicapped parking spaces.
At this point in time I am also
helping parents who are hav-
ing physical difficulties and
do need to use handicapped
parking spaces. I have also
had similar experiences to
the one you did describe in
your article.
If what you wrote makes
one healthy, walking person
aware of the need for the true-
ly handicapped to have these
spaces available to them,
then I say your efforts were
very successful.

Ruth Miller Gold

Southfield

Adele S. Nodler

Oak Park

`Shameful Gloating'
Was Shameful

I wish that I could believe
that your April 5 "Shameful
Gloating" editorial was an
April Fool's joke, or a reprint
from the Baghdad Times. Un-

fortunately, it was neither. It
was, instead, a slanderous
diatribe against the United
States of America and its
allies.
Your "shameful" editorial
sets. up a false straw man —
that Americans are gloating
because 100,000 Iraqis were
Continued on Page 10

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