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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-07-05

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settlements of Jews from
Eastern Europe and the sur-
vivors of Nazism. The story
of the Stays and the Milans
is our addendum.
There are marks of
Detroit-Degania associa-
tions in the Milan story. Her
parents, David and Sarah
Komroff, who had organiza-
tional roles in Poalai Zion
and Histradut in Detroit,
transferred their loyalties to
Degania.
Another remarkable con-
nection relates to Florence
Milan's cousin, Myra
Wolfgang, who didn't go to
Eretz Yisrael, but whose
help in enrolling American
labor interest in Zionism
was immense. As a leader in
unionism, she raised the
roles of waitresses to dignity
and strengthened American
Federation of Labor ac-
tivities for Histradut and
Labor Zionism.
Sarah Komroff was assoc-

iated with Golda Meir in the
founding of the Pioneer
Women. Rachel Kurtzman,
now in her 90s, relates those
early associations of the
Women's Labor Zionist
Movement.
In the process of these col-
lective interests, Charles
and Florence Milan com-
mitted to the Jewish nation-
al home. Charles Milan's
gifts included a basketball
court and tennis courts. A
special gift from Mr. Milan
to Degania was a clinic with
medical facilities in Mrs.
Komroff s honor.
Sherman Friedman, who
inspired these memories,
succeeded in detailing how
the Jewish settlers triumph-
ed over primitiveness in the
establishment of Israel, one
of the most civilized and
democratic nations in the
world. The Degania settlers
owe him a special debt of
gratitude. ❑

Reform Rabbis Adopt
New Code of Ethics

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
(JTA) — A rabbinic code of
ethics adopted here last
week by the Central Con-
ference of American Rabbis
spells out explicitly how
Reform rabbis are expected
to behave in their profes-
sional and personal lives.
The code, adopted at the
Reform rabbinical group's
102nd annual convention
here last week, is lengthier
and more specific than one
adopted in 1982, and it
reflects some of the trends in
American society that have
arisen during the last
decade.
The last code of ethics
began by urging rabbis to
avoid any semblance of
commercialism when of-
ficiating at life cycle events
and conversions.
While the new code men-
tions that issue, it begins by
stressing the need to balance
family demands with those
of the congregation.
A central focus of the new
code is its admonition not to
submit to the temptations of
yetzer ha-ra, the evil inclina-
tion, "particularly in
matters of sexuality and
substance abuse."
The new code states frank-

ly that it is unethical to take
"advantage of our position
with those weaker than
ourselves or dependent on
us."
The rabbis are also warned
against "embezzlement,
non-payment of just debts or
other illegal monetary deal-
ings."
Most of the rabbis inter-
viewed here last week
agreed that a general code of
ethics is a positive document
for the Reform rabbinate to
adopt.
"We need an objective
standard," said Rabbi
Michael Eisenstat of Temple
Judea in Coral Gables, Fla.
But the specificity of the
code has left many rabbis
distressed about the image
of the rabbinate it reflects.
"It's demeaning," said one
rabbi. "These are things
that rabbis should know."
Another rabbi, who also
spoke on the condition that
he not be identified, said, "It
doesn't make us look very
good if we need these kinds
of things spelled out."
The CCAR has an Ethics
and Appeals Committee,
which makes a formal re-
view of any allegations of
rabbinic impropriety.

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