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December 06, 1991 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-12-06

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1991

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Corner Lone Pine at
Orchard Lake Road

I

Nine-Member Board
Named By Yeshiva

AMY J. MEHLER

Staff Writer

A

nother board of direc-
tors, another chance
for the beleaguered
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah to
regroup and heal itself.
The latest board — third in
six months — consists of
Binyarnin Benjamin, Barry
Braver, Maury Ellenberg,
Shmuel Irons, Marc Letvin,
Shlomo Sperka, Gary
Torgow, David Weingarden
and George Weiss. The nine
appointees were selected
almost two weeks ago by a
separate, outside rabbinic
committee.
The committee, made up of
Rabbis Leib Bakst,
Elimelech Goldberg, Leo
Goldman, Chaskel Grubner,
Shmuel Irons and Yoel
Sperka, stepped in last mon-
th to end administrative
friction and dissension that
has virtually paralyzed the
financially strapped
yeshiva.
The first Beth Yehudah
board disbanded in June
after it refused to rubber
stamp a decision already
made by the Vaad
Hachinuch, (rabbinic edu-
cation committee), to cut
back 30 minutes from
secular studies and add 30
minutes to religious studies.
A second board, elected by
parents in late August, was
never officially acknowl-
edged by Beth Yehudah ad-
ministrators. Six of its
original 18 members have
already resigned. Add to
that the near-resignation of
Executive Director Rabbi
E.B. Freedman, the bounc-
ing of teacher payroll checks
and the postponement of the
yeshiva's annual fund-
raising banquet till March,
and the yeshiva community
was faced with a school gone
out of financial control and
in near collapse.
The critical state of the
school prompted Rabbi Elya
Svei, on behalf of the Vaad
Roshei Yeshiva of Torah
Umesorah, to contact the
yeshiva and urge the school
to endorse a plan of action.
Torah Umesorah, head-
quartered in New York, is a
governing body for yeshiva
day schools across the
United States. Rabbi Gold-
berg, spokesman for the rab-
binic committee, said the
economic recession is partly
to blame for the school's fi-
nancial woes. He is confident
the new board, which will
.serve a one-year term, is

capable of providing interim
institutional structure to
create and ratify a school
constitution.
The rabbi said the board
will ensure the school
follows a path toward fiscal
independence. Until now,
Beth Yehudah has depended
on the efforts of Rabbi
Freedman and Executive
Vice President Rabbi
Nachman Kahn to annually
raise more than half of the
school's $3 million budget.
Shlomo Sperka, appointed
to the new board, is eager to
get to work. "I was asked to
join the board so here I am,"
he said. "I still have to learn
the scope of our respon-
sibilities, the nature of what
has transpired and how to
best respond to it."
Mr. Sperka, who works for
the state mediation service
in Lansing, has never served
before on a board of Beth
Yehudah. His five children
are all alumni of the school.
A member of the first and
second parent-elected board
objected to the rabbinic
committee appointing a new
board without consent of the
community.
"These rabbis put them-
selves into the picture and
they don't even know what's
broken," said the former
board member, who asked
not to be identified. "We had
a board that was elected by
parents. We were close to
ratifying a school constitu-
tion.
"Whether or not previous
boards are valid anymore is
already beside the point,"
he said. "What the school
needs now is an open elec-
tion to allow the parent body
to choose their leadership." ❑

II

"' 11 NEWS

Judge Asked
For Deportation

Washington (JTA) — The
Justice Department has
asked a Chicago immigra-
tion judge to deport Michael
Schmidt, an Illinois resident
accused of having been a
Nazi concentration camp
guard.
Mr. Schmidt was stripped
of. his U.S. citizenship in
January 1990 by the U.S.
District Court in Chicago, a
decision upheld by the U.S.
Court of Appeals and the
Supreme Court. The decision
was based on evidence that
Mr. Schmidt had lied about
his wartime activities to
secure U.S. citizenship.

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