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June 21, 1991 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-06-21

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JUNE 21, 1991 / 9 TAMMUZ 5751

Temple Israel
To Offer Shelter


Managing Editor


any refer longingly
to the synagogue
back home or the
synagogue where they were
raised. Few, however, have
ever gone home to a syn-
But that will be the case
for one week in July 1992
when Temple Israel becomes
the first local synagogue to
offer its Walnut Lake Road
facilities to 30 homeless
clients of the South Oakland
Shelter (SOS).
Until now, Jewish organ-
izations have provided fund-
raising projects and vol-
unteer efforts in soup kitch-
ens and other usually chur-
ch-based shelters for the
homeless. But according to
SOS director Lillian
Melville, Temple Israel is
the first synagogue to offer
its building as a homeless
shelter in Oakland County.
South Oakland Shelter is a

non-profit organization that
works in the community to
find temporary shelter each
night for about 30 clients.
The clients come to SOS
from county social service
agencies, hospitals and
police departments.
Temple Israel sought out
SOS after its social action
committee and board of di-
rectors decided to go to the
heart of the issues facing the
"We have a very active so-
cial action committee," said
chairman Susan Yorke.
"When the committee was
formed, it was decided that a
major priority was homeless
and hungry. We've had quite
a few projects in this area.
And among these was a
whole workup of what we
could do in the areas of pro-
viding shelter."
Pam Haron, who is shar-
ing the shelter project, said
that Temple Israel is con-
cerned with social issues
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Senators Work
To End Boycott


Assistant Editor

fin Or p han Immigrants

Increasing numbers of Jewish parents
turn to foreign adoptions.



ewish leaders
throughout the area
this week welcomed a
new bill cosponsored by Sen.
Carl Levin, D-Mich., that
calls on U.S. trading part-
ners to end compliance with
the Arab boycott against
Introduced in the Senate
late last month by Sen.
Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.,
and signed by 12 cosponsors
in addition to Sen. Levin, the
Procompetitiveness and An-
ti-Boycott Act of 1991 asks
the U.S. government to in-
sure that companies not be
penalized because they do
business with Israel.
The Arab League boycott,
enacted in 1951, both pro-
hibits direct economic rela-
tions with Israel and
blacklists all firms doing
business with Israel.
In addition to the Lieber-
man bill, Rep. Charles

Schumer, D-N.Y., has in-
troduced a bill in the House
calling for Justice Depart-
ment investigations into and
possible criminal pro-
ceedings against companies
that comply with the
boycott. Rep. Robert Tor-
ricelli, D.-N.J., has proposed
a bill that requires the
Commerce Department to
report on members of GATT,
the 99-nation General
Agreement on Tariffs and
Trade, that comply with the
boycott. And Sen. Brock
Adams, D-Wash., and Rep.
Bill Green, R-N.Y., have in-
troduced a bill to ban U.S.
arms sales to Arab countries
that continue to support the
"We are encouraged to see
Congress and the Senate do-
ing what they can to end the
boycott," said David Gad-
Harf, executive director of
the Jewish Community
Council. "This is especially
true in the aftermath of the

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