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July 05, 1991 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-07-05

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DETROIT I

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WERE FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE

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FRIDAY, JULY 5, 1991

In Pine Ridge Center • Novi Rd. at 10 Mile Rd.
1-3/4 miles south of 12 Oaks Mall

Beth Achim-B'nai Moshe

Continued from Page 1

Women will not be allowed
aliyot or to read from the
Torah. But women can serve
as officers and board mem-
bers of the new congrega-
tion. The agreement will be
effective for two years and
then could be changed under
the constitution of the merg-
ed synagogues.
Rabbi Martin J. Berman of
Beth Achim described the
agreement on women's
issues as "a compromise that
was necessary to accom-
modate people on both
sides."
The agreement calls for re
ligious services continuing
in Southfield and in West
Bloomfield (at the JCC) dur-
ing construction of the new
building. A construction
contract was signed after the
boards approved the ten-
tative agreement and con-
struction is expected to start
immediately. Mr. Grand and
Mr. Gordon expect construc-
tion to be completed for the
High Holidays in 1992.
Mr. Gordon said the
merger "was the result of
two groups coming together
to solve problems common to
the Jewish community in
Detroit. We want to preserve
the best of our traditions
while being responsive to
today's needs."
Beth Achim has,500 mem-
ber families. B'nai Moshe
has 300. The clergy from
both synagogues will be re-
tained (B'nai Moshe has no
rabbi at present).
"The realities are that we
can no longer build the kind
of edifice we are used to,"
Mr. Grand said, "and pro-
vide full services — a school,
pre-school, programming
and clergy. It's also a terri-
ble waste of community
resources for each congrega-
tion to build its own little
entity."
Congregation B'nai David
has reportedly discussed
merger with both Beth
Achim and B'nai Moshe, and

Mark Schlussel, president
of the Jewish Welfare Fed-
eration, was instrumental in
Federation's purchase of the
B'nai Moshe building in Oak
Park and initiating a lease-
purchase of the building
with Beth Yehudah Schools.
Asked this week if Federa-
tion would act similarly with
the Beth Achim building,
Mr. Schlussel was skeptical.

On the B'nai Moshe
building, "we felt we could
play a vital role to provide a
bridge between two Jewish
institutions," Mr. Schlussel
said. "We could play a simi-
lar role at Beth Achim, but
not if it calls for communal
resources.
"There has been a change
in circumstances because of
the Soviet Jews and Ethio-
pian Jews going to Israel
and the continuing needs of
our local agencies," he said.
• Young Israel of Southfield
has been discussing expan-
sion and could be interested
in the Beth Achim building,
said Dr. Isadore Steiner,
president of YI-Southfield.
"But this information just
became available and we
have not had time to even
discuss it," he said. El

West Bloomfield To Look
At Lubavitch Project

348-9300

•SOME ITEMS NOT EXACTLY AS PICTURED.

Mr. Grand and Mr. Gordon
said the agreement does not
preclude talks with other
congregations. B'nai David
has sold its building to the
City of Southfield and must
vacate in two years. Alex
Blumenberg, B'nai David's
president, was unavailable
for comment.
Mr. Gordon said the
merger was "a prime con-
versational topic" at
Sabbath services last Satur-
day. Asked if there will be op-
position to the merger, he
said, "I'm sure that some
would prefer not to merge.
But I see it as a very positive
situation, not only for the two
congregations but the com-
munity at large as well."

ALAN HITSKY

Associate Editor

M

ichigan Lubavitch
officials expect to be
thoroughly prepared
next week when they go
before the West Bloomfield
Township Planning Com-
mission. The Orthodox Jew-
ish group is seeking initial
approval for a synagogue
and rabbinical school devel-
opment west of the Jewish
Community Center.

The project has been the
focal point of several con-
troversies in the 2Y2 years
since the Lubavitch Founda-
tion purchased a 40-acre
parcel on the north side of
Maple Road, west of Drake.
But Lubavitch officials and
supporters are coming into
the 7:30 p.m. July 11
meeting armed with a
neutral opinion from the
township attorney, a revised
site plan that protects exten-
sive wetlands on the proper-
ty and letters of support

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