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August 14, 1992 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-08-14

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LETTERS

THE JEWISH HOME FOR AGED'S BOARD AND STAFF
ANNOUNCE THE GRAND OPENING OF ITS FIRST
ALZHEIMER'S SPECIALTY CARE UNIT
FOR PERSONS WITH MILD TO MODERA1E,
STAGES OF DEMENTIA.

The Jewish Home For Aged
continues to respond
to our community's needs
so that a person diagnosed with
Alzheimer's doesn't have to be
alone anymore.

• Opening in Summer, 1992
• 24-bed self-contained unit
• Located in Borman Hall's Fleischman Pavilion
• Private Dining Room serving Kosher meals
• Specially designed therapeutic activities
• 24-hour licensed nursing staff
• Specialty training provided by The
University of Michigan Institute of Gerontology
• Family support groups
• Alzheimer's Association Resource Support

OUR GRATITUDE TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS IN THE COMMUNITY
WHO SUPPORTED THIS COMMITMENT AND TO:

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
Benefactors/Jewish Home For Aged
Auxiliary/Jewish Home For Aged

For more information, please contact

Director of Admission,, Jerri Litt
Borman Hall
19100 West Seven Mile Road
Detroii MI 48219
532-7112

10 FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 1992

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85 Years of Caring

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school leadership has decided
that these people have
outgrown their usefulness.
As severance to the
teachers and principals, the
board has offered to pay these
individuals a month's salary
for each year of service with
the school. In addition, the
health insurance for these
teachers would be paid during
the payout period.
While this appears to be a
generous severance package,
one must keep in mind that
the Yeshiva, until recently,
did not provide a pension for
their teachers. Thus, these
dedicated employees will have
nothing to live on once the
prescribed number of months
passes .. .
Do the cold realities of the
Yeshiva's precarious financial
position require that the
teachers be dealt with in such
fashion?
In attempting to find an
answer to this question, I pos-
ed to myself another question:
Based on our Torah heritage,
what would be the proper ac-
tions to take under such cir-
cumstances? Immediately
two important Jewish ideals
came to mind: (1) respecting
our elders and teachers and
(2) repaying kindness with
kindness .. .
Clearly, Torah and Jewish
ideals require - that we see to
it that these pioneering and
dedicated teachers be treated
in a dignified fashion.
Massive fund-raising efforts
should be initiated to save
their positions. If saving these
positions means that other
teachers must take a slight
cut in salary, so be it.

NJA A Victim

Of Its Success?

Mayer Kahn

We read with interest your
Aug. 7 article concerning the
closing of the national office
of New Jewish Agenda (NJA).
We thought it important for
your readers to realize that
the NJA chapters are alive
and well. In particular, our
Detroit chapter continues to
be active, particularly in the
fields of working for peace in
the Middle East, in support of
economic and social justice,
and against racism and
anti-Semitism.
Certain statements in your
article caused us some con-
cern. In particular, the asser-
tion that NJA "often hosted,
talks by pro-PLO speakers"
and "participated in marches
against Israel" are untrue
and leave a very false impres-
sion concerning NJA's
political stance.
As stated in our platform,.
we speak "as Jews committed
to the existence of Israel."
Detroit and the other NJA
chapters have mirrored the
diversity of the Israeli peace
movement.
Metro-Detroit NJA has
presented many members of
the Knesset, including th
new absorption minister, Yai
Tsaban and the new head of
the new Israel Fund, Mor-
dicai Bar-On. Dr. Bar-On was
presented in a debate with a
Palestinian major in which a
local Palestinian and a NJA
activist also participated. Dr.
Bar-On is the former chief
education officer of the Israeli
army.
NJA has tried to maintain
the clear distinction between
support for the existence and
well-being of the State of.
Israel which we have always
supported and support for the
policies of a particular Israeli
government. Like our allies
in the Israeli peace move-
ment, we often criticized (and
yes marched) against the,
policies of the Likud-led
government.
It is ironic that the time
when the Likud policies have
been repudiated by the Israeli
public is also the time when
financial difficulties hav
prompted the NJA nationa
office to close.
Once radical policies have
become increasingly com-
monplace. The need for Agen-
da's alternative voice has
become less evident.
Yet much remains to be
done.
Within NJA it is the
chapters — always the heart
of our organization — which
have led these struggles.
They remain strong and open
to all who share our vision.

Oak Park

Francine Rosemberg

If it is still necessary to
retire any of these teachers,
they should be provided with
an ample pension to enable
them to live out their years in
peace of mind .. .
It is absolutely unjust to
have these dedicated
employees bear the brunt of
the Yeshiva's difficulties.

The current leaders of the
Yeshiva should rethink their
actions and come up with a
viable alternative plan. In
seeking such an alternative
they should, in true Jewish
tradition, enlist the counsel of
the elders of our community,
the previous leaders of the
Yeshiva.
They will see that, as has
been proven over most of the
past two decades, it is possi-
ble to operate the school ac-
cording to the ideals its
students are taught, without
having to resort to "chicken
wire and chewing gum and
help from the Federation" to
keep it afloat.

Waterford

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