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July 10, 1992 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-07-10

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Community Council Urges Jews
To Register For November Vote


Jewish News Intern


t is hard to dispute the
importance of the Jewish
vote in American politics,
yet a portion of the Jewish
population is not even
registered to vote.

"We need to vote in as
great a number as possible,"
said Allan Gale, associate
director of the Jewish Com-
munity Council of Metropoli-
tan Detroit.
The JCCouncil is sponsor-
ing several voter registra-
tion drives in an attempt to
increase the number of Jew-
ish voters.
Mr. Gale cited a national
study by the Council of Jew-
ish Federations, which esti-
mates 20 percent of eligble
American Jews are not
registered to vote.
According to Mr. Gale,
"The ultimate goal of the
drive is to have Jewish polit-
ical impact reach its fullest
potential. We want to make
it easy for Jews to register
and make more people
aware of voting by absentee

Joseph Tarica, executive
director of Congregation
Beth Abraham Hillel Moses,
took a free class so that he
can register voters
anywhere in Oakland Coun-
ty. According to Mr. Tarica,
it only takes 15 minutes to
fill out the necessary forms
to become a registered voter.
The JCCouncil is also
recruiting Jews to become
registrars, in the effort to
register more Jewish people.
Voter registration drives
will be held during ground-

breaking ceremonies at the
Jimmy Prentis Morris Jew-
ish Community Center at
1:30 p.m. July 12, and dur-
ing the Yiddish Concert - in
the Park in Shepherd Park
at 7 p.m. Registrars will also
be on hand at Adat Shalom
Synagogue for a candidate
forum 7 p.m. July 21.
At least seven other drives
are being planned for
August and September.
To vote in the Nov. 3 gen-
eral election, a voter must be
registered by Oct. 5. âť‘


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Marilyn and Rabbi Martin Berman help register voters July 2.

Ceremony, Fun Day A JPM Turning Point


Jewish News Intern


xcitment in the com-
munity was high
when it was announc-
ed that enough money was
raised to begin expansion of
the Jewish Community
Center's Jimmy Prentis
Morris Building in Oak
The Jewish Federation
said this week that the addi-
tional $300,000 needed to

begin renovations at JPM
had been raised. This puts
the campaign just short of
reaching its $3.5 million
goal, which will place a new
pool, health clubs and ex-
tended programming in the
Groundbreaking is slated
for 1:30 p.m. July 12, and
will be followed by a host of
family activities. Festivities
until 4:30 p.m. at Charlotte
M. Rothstein Park, behind
JPM, include: 1950s music
by the Fantastics, puppeteer

Beth Katz, Hora Aviv Folk
Dancers, a skatemobile
where children can rent
roller skates, clowns, face-
painting, crafts and food. A
photo exhibit depicting
JPM's history since 1955
will be on display in the
Oak Park Mayor Gerald
Naftaly and Mark Schlussel,
president of the Jewish Fed-
eration of Metropolitan
Detroit, will speak during
the program. Irwin Elson,
president of the Center, will

emcee and Hugh Greenberg,
chairman of the JP
Builders Committee, also
will take part.
The event is sponsored b
the Neighborhood Project, in
cooperation with the Center,
the City of Oak Park, Jewish
Experiences for Families,
and The Jewish News.
Robert Aronson, executive
vice president of Federation,
is looking forward to bri
ing programming to the e
tire area through the JPM.
"I am very excited that we
have reached the status of
groundbreaking. It's part o
an overall renaissance for
the neighborhood and Jew-
ish community. I am lookin
forward to the completion o
the project" next spring, he
The $3.5 million goal for
the project has not yet been
reached by Federation, the
Jewish Community Cent

"It's not limited to
just people in
Southfield and Oak

Leslie Bash

sner sr r: Barney
Ross, former btking
champ; narty Lazar,
basketball, were among


FRIDAY, JULY 10, 1992

and neighborhood activist
who have contributed t
fund-raising efforts. Accor
ding to Mr. Greenberg, a
additional $400,000 t
$500,000 still needs to
raised to cover the operatio
of building programs.
Although the majority o
funding came from large do-
nations, Leslie Bash,
managing director of JPM,
said 20 parlor meetings we
held to raise both money an
community awareness
Three additional parlor
meetings in Huntingto
Woods and Farmington Hills
have been planned for July
16, 22 and 29.

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