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October 11, 1991 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-10-11

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DETROIT FRIENDS OF
ALYN HOSPITAL/JERUSALEM



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invite you to join in an evening
honoring our founding members

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ANN Cy LEONARD
BARUCH

in support of ALYN:

Israel's only long term
Orthopedic Hospital and
Rehabilitation Center for
Physically Handicapped Children.

Thursday, October 24, 1991

Dessert Reception

7:30 p.m.

Suggested Minimum Donation: $36

at the home of

DR. BILL FLORINE MARK-ROSS

CHOCI-IAVA, who hos cerebral porsy . w as obondoned by her parents and lived in various
institutions until she came to ALYN W i th the help of ALYNVitheM
ptits and social workers..
Chochava was prepared for an. independent future T 0 d -
criminology, is married and the mother of two. •

* • • • •

TALI, who has a rare spinal disorder which confines her to o wheelchair and limits the
use of her hands, insisted upon accepting her responsibility as an Israeli and served
as a private in the IDE Today, she lives with another ALYN gradu ate and works with
a firm assisting the elderly.

For further information cull 569-5605

ARTHUR HORWITZ

Program Chairman

ANARUTH BERNARD

PAMELA LI PPITT

President

CLARA FAXSTEIN

Vice-President

HERBERT LAZARUS

Treasurer

Secretary

REVA LAZARUS

Tributes

BOARD MEMBERS

Maxwell Bardenstein, M.D.
Ann Baruch
Leonard Baruch
Henri Bernard, M.D.
Rabbi Chuck Diamond

Louis Glazier
Paula Glazier
Bernice Helper
Karen Knoppow
Herbert Mendelson, M.D.

Shelly Nadiv
Geri Pasternak
Owen Z. Perlman, M.D.
Elaine Sabbota
Harvey Sabbota, D.O.
Rae Sharfman

COMMITTEE MEMBERS*

Marcia and Eugene
Applebaum
Dr. Murray and Linda Baruch
Ruth and Jerry Beck
Helene Cherrin
Robert and Rhonda Baruch
Feldman

Miriam and Mark Goldberg
Paul and Arline Gould
Rachel Kamerman
Lisa and Hannan Lis
Chris Mark
Barbara and Irving Nusbaum
Donna and Allan Pearlman

Janet Pont
Millie Rosenbaum
Neal and Marilyn Schechter
Rae Ann Sharfman
Dr. Alex and Fay Ullmann

*In Formation

DETROIT FRIENDS OF ALYN

❑ Yes, I/we plan to attend

❑ Yes, I/we will support ALYN but cannot attend

No. of reservations at $36.00 =

Or

A Sponsor of $100 (provides power pack for wheelchair)

Or

A patron of $250 (funds music therapy program)

Or

A benefactor of $500 (provides short leg braces)

Name

Address

City

State

Zip

Phone

PLEASE RSVP BY OCTOBER 17, 1991

Make checks payable to Detroit Friends of ALYN & mail to: 24380 Custis, Southfield, Ml 48075

40

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1991

PURELY COMMENTARY

I'

Anti-Semitism

Continued from preceding page

young blacks shouting,
"Kill the Jew." .. What
triggered Rosenbaum's
murder was an accident in
which a car in the
Lubavitch Grand Rabbi's
entourage jumped a curb
and slammed into two
children, killing one, Gavin
Cato, and critically injur-
ing the other, his cousin
Angela.
Police reports and grand
jury testimony by the car's
driver, Yosef Lifsh, would
reveal that, trying to lift his
car off the two children,
Lifsh was surrounded by a
crowd who beat and robb-
ed him, as the Cato
children lay on the ground
in critical need of medical
attention. The crowd stole
his wallet, the cellular
phone, and the red
dashboard light. Lifsh was
beaten on the head, face
and body and required
eighteen stitches. The
grand jury found that Lifsh
was not indictable on
criminal charges. In a poig-
nant twist, it was also
disclosed that in October
1991 Lifsh had gone into a
burning building to rescue
two black children from a
fire.
Unsubstantiated rumors
(later found to be untrue by
police records and witness
testimony) circulated with
the news of the Cato
children. The most inflam-
matory was the notion that
a Hatzolah ambulance
(hatzolah means "rescue"
in Hebrew) arrived eight
minutes earlier than a city
ambulance, gave medical
attention to the Chasidic
driver, and drove him
away, but did not attend to
Gavin Cato, leaving him
dying at the scene . . .
Rosenbaum was walking
to a friend's house when
the mob spotted him.
By the end of the week,
two more Chasidic men
were stabbed and 27 bias
attacks were reported by
the police .. .
During the first days the
media at best treated the
accidental death of Gavin
Cato and the murder of
Rosenbaum as morally
equivalent. The worst ig-
nored Rosenbaum entirely.
The conflict between
blacks and Jews was seen
as being in balance, with
the "social justice" edge go-
ing to the blacks. Secular
liberal Jews struggled with
the difficulty of seeing
Crown Heights plainly,
almost embarrassed by the
alien world of the hermetic
messianic Lubavitcher
sect. More significant, they
balked at criticizing black

behavior. Jewish organiza-
tions mourned the deaths
on both sides, avoiding any
mention of anti-Semitism.
Finally, at a press con-
ference on Aug. 30,
Abraham Foxman, head of
the
Anti-Defamation
League, the largest Jewish
defense organization,
broke the taboo: "Anti-
Semitism is all over the
place in Crown Heights. It
is crude, it is ugly, it is
classical, and it is deadly.
And the fact that it is
American and it is black
should not make it invisi-
ble or tolerable . . . Had a
gang of angry white youths
in Crown Heights killed a
Yankel Rosenbaum and
shouted epithets of 'Heil
Hitler' and 'kill the Jews'
and directed rocks at a
synagogue, then the
Jewish community would
be up in arms."
Anti-Semitism was not
mentioned in any editorial
about Crown Heights in
New York newspapers un-
til Aug. 29 in the New York

Post.
This is provided here for
those planning to attend the
Ann Arbor meeting in the
interest of truth and public
relations.
The ugliness of the events
must not become the end-all
of the American aspiration
for good will. Hopefully the
voices for decency will not be
too few. The striving for
justice and fairness and ge-
nuine interfaith decencies
must never be abandoned. ❑

NEWS

Concerts Held
To Raise Money

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The
deficit-ridden Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra
tried a new way to raise
money and apparently suc-
ceeded with its experiment.
The 100-plus members
split into more than 20
chamber groups — trios to
quintets — which performed
at fund-raisers all over the
country.

Under the rubric "The IPO
Holds Open House," they
performed in towns, villages
and kibbutzim, and in the
homes of individuals lined
up by the orchestra's
management.
One host was Housing
Minister Ariel Sharon and
his wife, Lilly. After listen-
ing to a Brahms quartet at
the Sharon' Negev ranch,
the 250 invited guests and
150 gate-crashers donated
over $100,000 to the IPO.

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