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July 19, 1991 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-07-19

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LETTERS

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THE UNBEATABLE DEALER THE UNBEATABLE DEALER THE UNBEATABLE DEALER

JOE PANIAN AND CHEVROLET ANNOUNCE
THE LARGEST

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title would think the merger
was a "done deal." But please
remember, the members
haven't voted yet.
Southfield is a wonderful ci-
ty. This is where Beth Achim
should stay. Why discard a
truly gorgeous structure that
cannot be duplicated? That
would be such a waste of
financial resources. Over 60
percent of our membership
resides right here in South-
field, Oak Park and Hun-
tington Woods.
The boards of Beth Achim
and B'nai Moshe would be
wise to put their energies in-
to strengthening their
membership base and fiscal
base here in Southfield while
concurrently sprucing up this
beautiful synagogue building
on 12 Mile Road near Lahser.
West Bloomfield and Farm-
ington Hills have plenty of
temples and synagogues.
They don't need another one.
But Southfield and its
neighboring cities need Beth
Achim.
It's time to stop this foolish
pattern of leap-frogging every .
20 years. Let's put our collec-
tive foot down and say, "Hell
no, we won't go!"

MODEL ISM

NOW! WHILE SELECTION IS GREAT!
NOW! WHILE MAXIMUM DISCOUNTS ALLOWANCES ARE HERE!

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No. 2. All vehicles are subject to prior sale. Some special rates are in lieu of rebates.
All cars and trucks. State tax, title, transfer and documentation fee are extra.

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10 FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1991

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In response to Marvin
Goldman's requiem for
Yavneh Academy in last
week's Jewish News, I am
dismayed that during its
course he felt the need to
throw a stone at public educa-
tion, as well as berate the en-
tire local Reform community.
Yavneh was a wonderful
school and an interesting
idea, but nowhere in his arti-
cle did Mr. Goldman touch on
the pivotal reason that
Yavneh did not succeed:
perceived need vs. real need.
Time and again in this com-
munity, when great programs
are not popular or well-
supported financially, the
passionate, well-meaning peo-
ple behind them blame lack of
publicity, lack of rabbinate
buy-in, lack of support in the
press, etc. A reason that is
simple and often obvious, but
rarely cited in the final
analysis: lack of real need.
Yavneh sprung up in the
midst of some of the best
public school systems
anywhere in this country.
One would be hard-pressed to
cite another area where so
many excellent public schools
exist contiguously.
We also live in an area
blessed by many strong
Reform congregations with
excellent supplemental

religious school opportunities.
As Reform Jews in greater
Detroit we are fortunate to
have a variety of fine educa-
tional and religious choices.
What we really are talking
about here is the new educa-
tional buzz-word for the
1990s: choice. Yavneh
Academy was an exciting op-
tion offered to the communi-
ty by a hardworking and
talented group of people. The
community chose not to buy-
in financially and/or
conceptually.
Don't obscure the real
lesson of Yavneh by casting
aspersions at already-
maligned public education or
the local Reform community.
Yavneh stood proudly for its
own brand of excellence; all
else aside, perhaps the need
just didn't exist at this time.

Mindy Nathan
Bloomfield Township

Education
And Reform

Mr. Goldman's post-mortem
for Yavneh contains many
statements with which I
would wholeheartedly agree.
However, I must demur when
he states that Jewish educa-
tion is not as important to a
Reform parent as it is to Con-
servative and Orthodox
parents.
In the past 40 years, I have
found nothing but intense
concern on the part of Reform
parents for the Jewish educa-
tion of their children. One of
the primary reasons for
belonging to a congregation is
the desire on the part of
parents to enroll their
children in religious school.
The Detroit area Reform
religious schools educate
about 3,000 young people in
grades K-12, and I have had
the privilege to see many of
them assume significant
leadership in our community
as knowledgeable and
dedicated Jews.
The Reform congregations'
religious schools are offering
excellent Jewish education
and are continually improv-
ing their curricula with in-
novative and timely ideas.

Walter M. Stark
Huntington Woods

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