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August 23, 1991 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-08-23

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UP FRONT

How To Survive
A Charity Gala

ERICA MEYER RAUZIN

Special to The Jewish News

T

he gala charity benefit
season is gearing up
again, leaving us with
a pile of expensive envelopes
bearing our names in careful
calligraphy (albeit misspell-
ed).
Having done my duty dan-
cing in rhinestone-decorated
high heels at various soirees,
balls, dinners and dramas, I
feel prepared to offer advice
to the hard-working givers of
galas. Since the unsung
heroes who manage these
unwieldy events are ac-
customed to gratuitous ad-
vice, this should roll off them
like meringue sliding down
the slope of an over-Baked
Alaska.
I do a lot of charity work,
but I addressed my last in-
vitation about a decade ago.
I'm too big a coward to
decide who sits next to
whom. I volunteer now on
boards that meet in board
rooms, in suits, with no
menu beyond coffee and

Erica Meyer Rauzin is a
columnist for the Miami
Jewish Tribune.

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doughnuts. I'd rather take
100 Boy Scouts into the
woods for a week than run
the invitation committee of a
charity ball.
So, having stated my total
lack of qualifications as
anything other than a pay-
ing guest, let me offer these
10 Politely Worded Sugges-
tions:

1. Thou shalt not put
glitter in invitation
envelopes.
My friend has a new woven
rattan mat in her entrance

If you have a great
idea for next year's
theme, keep it to
yourself.

hall. She takes any envelope
that even hints it might con-
tain glitter into the kitchen
and opens it over the sink.
The last time glitter
showered the rattan, it took
an hour to vacuum up, after
which she was in no mood to
pony up $200 a head no
matter how worthy the
cause.

2. Thou shalt create
legible materials.
An invitation in tiny silver

print on elegant gray paper
looks super but is absolutely
impossible to read. Type that
slants (I don't mean italic, I
mean type placed on the
page at a 180-degree in-
cline), type that reverses out
of a dark background, type
that has countless curlicues,
is pretty but useless.

3. Thou shalt not serve
weird food.
I respectfully refuse to eat
anything I cannot identify at
first glance. This is a habit
left over from lunches in
high school cafeterias, but it
has stood me in good stead in
some of the world's great
restaurants.

4. Thou shalt cater to in-
dividual whim.
Remember that people just
don't eat like they used to.
Some people are
vegetarians. Have a heart
for those who are diabetic,
dieting or just ditsy.
5. Thou shalt dare to
think Jewish.

ROUND UP

UED Fights

Israeli Pollution
Six months after opening
its doors, a nonprofit public
interest group is drawing at-
tention throughout Israel for
its aggressive legal actions
against polluters.
The Union for Envi-
ronmental Defense (UED)
offers free legal representa-
tion to Israeli citizens and
grass-roots environmental
groups working to combat
pollution problems. While
recent reports indicate that
pollution in Israel is far
more severe than previously
believed, particularly in the
area of water resources,
there is little public in-
volvement in tackling pollu-
tion problems.
The TIED recently filed an
action against the Ministry
of Environment to force the
agency to implement emis-
sion standards against
Haifa's Petroleum In-
dustries and the Electric
Company, reportedly the
two largest polluters in
Israel's most polluted city.
Both companies are owned
by the government and

together account for 88 per-
cent of the sulfur dioxide
pollution in Haifa, UED
reports.
For information, contact
the American Friends of the
Israel Union for Envi-
ronmental Defense, 5000 W.
Esplanade St., Suite 203,
Metairie, LA., 70006, or call
(504) 888-9430.

Local Groups
Receive Mazon
Grants
Mazon - A Jewish Re-
sponse to Hunger recently
granted major donations to
four nonprofit organizations
serving the hungry and
homeless in Michigan.
The Hunger Action Coali-
tion of Detroit, the state's
principal anti-hunger ad-
vocacy organization, was
awarded $12,000. Yad Ezra,
a kosher food pantry in
Southfield, received $4,000.
The Food Bank of South
Central Michigan, located in
Battle Creek, received
$4,000 for the purchase of
canned protein and
vegetables for the 136 non-

profit charities under its
wing. And the Baldwin
Avenue Human Services
Center in Pontiac was
awarded $6,000 to support
the center's feeding pro-
gram, which provides food,
emergency shelter and help
in finding housing and
employment.

Students Study
Arab Graffiti
Jerusalem — The writing
is on the wall — the walls of
Israel, that is, where two
Hebrew University resear-
chers are reading wall graf-
fiti to get the lowdown on
Israeli-Palestinian prob-
lems.
Anne Marie Oliver and
Paul Steinberg, both junior
research fellows at the
Harry S. Truman Research
Institute for the Advance-
ment of Peace, lived with a
Palestinian family in Gaza
for six months while study-
ing the graffiti. Among their
finds: clenched fists, guns,
maps of historical Palestine
and poetry.

In general, the graffiti ap-
pears to be the main outlet
for young Palestinian na-
tionalists to express their
power, Mr. Steinberg said.
"Graffiti is a microcosm of
the whole problem here," he
added. "One doesn't become
terribly hopeful. You really
begin to understand the dep-
th of anger and frustration of
people. It can be unsettling."
The two plan to publish a
book on their research.

YAD VASHEM

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Gives Citizenship
Jerusalem — Yad Vashem,
the Holocaust memorial and
museum of Israel, is gran-
ting posthumous Israeli
citizenship to men, women
and children murdered by
the Nazis. Certificates of
commemorative citizenship
will be given to surviving
family members or close
friends.
The purpose of the effort is
"not only to comfort
relatives who survived, but
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proclaiming in another form
their connection to the Jew-
ish people of Israel," a Yad
Vashem spokesman said.
For information, contact
Yad Vashem, P.O. Box 3477,
Jerusalem, 91034.

Compiled by
Elizabeth Applebaum

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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