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September 13, 1991 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-09-13

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DETROIT

We wish you
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this most solemn
of holidays.

Beth Yehudah Parents
Elect New Board

AMY J. MEHLER

Staff Writer

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1991

1,

eshiva Beth Yehudah
parents elected a new
board of directors
Sept. 4 without permission
of top school administrators.
The election, held on
school premises, was
publicized through a
typewritten letter on
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah sta-
tionery. The mailing was
funded by a private parent
group.
"I'm not aware of a new
board, nor have I seen a
letter," said Rabbi E.B.
Freedman, executive direc-
tor of Yeshiva Beth
Yehudah.
However, almost 600
letters, signed by Chaim
Radner, Eliyahu Allon and
Arnold Carmen, three
former Yeshiva Beth
Yehudah officers and board
members, were sent to
"every family in the school,"
said Mr. Radner, former
recording secretary of the
board.
Mr. Radner said he and
other board members had
Beth Yehudah school sta-
tionery in their possession.
The previous Beth
Yehudah board voted to dis-
band last June after a deci-
sion to cut back 30 minutes
from secular studies each
day and add 30 minutes to
Judaic studies. Some mem-
bers of the 11-man board
resented the fact they were
presented with the proposal
of the Vaad Hachinuch, or
religious education com-
mittee, as a fait accompli to
change the balance of the
school-day curriculum. _.
"As parents of students
and officers of the previous
board, we had the right to
call the election," said Mr.
Radner, spokesman for the
new board of directors. "I
didn't see why we needed
(the administration's) con-
sent. The administrators are
employees of the school,
governed by the board. Not
visa versa."
At the June board
meeting, Rabbi Raphael
Skaist, principal of Beth
Yehudah, explained it was
time for the school to move
into the mainstream. The
rabbi said other boys'
yeshivot around the country
were cutting back their
secular studies in favor of
more Judaic hours.
Mr. Radner, one of the few
board members who didn't

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resign last June, said this
year's school schedule in-
cludes the hotly contested
extra half-hour of religious
studies. Elementary and
high school students at Beth
Yehudah spend 3 hours a
day on English studies, in-
stead of the 31/2 they did last
year.
Mr. Radner, an attorney
with six children at Beth
Yehudah and at the Sally
Allan Alexander Beth Jacob
School for Girls, said a new
board was necessary to
manage school affairs.
The board of directors
manages the affairs of both
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah and
the Beth. Jacob School for
Girls.
"All the new board mem-
bers are parents or grand-
parents of students at Beth
Yehudah and Beth Jacob,"
Mr. Radner said. "We all
want the finest education for
our children."
One of the first actions the
new 18-member board will
take is to draft a constitution,
Mr. Radner said.
"One of the problems that
bothered parents before was
the feeling they had no voice
or participation," Mr.
Radner said. "We're going to
have a constitution so our
role is clearly defined for
once, in black and white."
Mr. Radner said the board,
which now has 18 members,
has been in communication
with Yeshiva Beth Yehudah
administrators.
"We've had meetings with
them and they are coop-
erating with us," he said.
"We invited them to our
election, but none of them
showed. If they'd attended,
they'd have been welcome."



JPI Plans
Sukkot Event

The Jewish Parents In-
stitute will hold its annual
Sukkot celebration 10
a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at
Camp Ruth.
For reservations, call the
JPI Office, 661-1000, Ext.
333.

Women's Group
Holds Meeting

The Women's Group, a
social network for Jewish
women over age 50, will meet
3 p.m. Sept. 15 in Room 4 of
the Jimmy Prentis Morris
Jewish Community Center.
For details, call Doris Mar-
shall, 967-4030.

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