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August 14, 1992 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-08-14

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The Jewish National Fund
Council of Greater Detroit

requests the honor of your presence at their

Senate Bill Targets
Charitable Deductions

Annual Dinner



Assistant Editor


Temple Beth El
7400 Telegraph Rd.
Bloomfield Hills

$200 per person

Laws Observed

Dinner Master of Ceremonies

David B. Hermelin

Dinner Co-Chairpersons

Norman Allan
Harold and Barbara Berry
Paul Borman
Laurence Deitch
Otto and Potty Dube
Judge Nancy Edmunds
Leonard and Dolores Farber
Nathan and Charlotte Feldman

Merle and Shirley Harris
John and Judith Komins
Dr. Bud and Judy Kaufman
Mrs. Ira Kaufman
Irving Laker
Edward Levy, Jr.
Alan A. Moy
Irving Nusbaum

Sanford and Elly Passer
Melvin Rosenhaus
Dr. Jock and Mickey Shapiro
Dr. Sam and Margie Shell
Gerald and Ilene Sucher
David and Ilene Techner
Erwin and Isabelle Ziegelman
Milton and Lois Zussman

Clergy Advisory Committee

Rabbi Milton Arm
Rabbi Ernst Conrad
Rabbi Julian Cook
Rabbi E.B. Freedman
Rabbi Nooh Gomze
Cantor Howard Glantz
Rabbi Benjamin Gorrelick
Cantor Samuel Greenbaum
Rabbi Irwin Groner

Dr. Richard C. Hertz
Cantor Gail Hirschenfong
Cantor Louis Klein
Rabbi Harold Loss
Cantor Chaim Nojmon
Rabbi David Nelson
Rabbi Daniel Polish
Rabbi Norman Roman
Cantor Sidney Rube

Rabbi A. Irving Schnipper
Rabbi Efry Spectre
Rabbi Lane Steinger
Rabbi M. Robert Syme
Cantor Lorry Vi'eder
Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine
Rabbi Paul Yedwob
Rabbi Morton Yolkut


Judith L. Naftaly

Rose Lynn Schlussel

can sell iewelry. • • ICE and DISCOUNTS
ides SERV
but NOBODY prov
Irk Weintraub. THERE IS A DIFFER

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new bill that would
redefine the status of
charitable deductions
has come one step closer to
The Senate Finance Com-
mittee last week passed a
major tax bill which includes
the stipulation that tax-
payers must have written
proof that donations of $100
or more were not made for
services rendered.
Expected to be approved
shortly by the Bush ad-
ministration, the bill will af-
fect anyone who writes a
check topping the $100 mark
to his synagogue for tangible
items including Passover
wine and matzah, and goods
purchased at a fund-raising
Until now, most taxpayers
have opted to claim these as
deductions, with checks
made out simply to the syn-
The new bill demands that
the taxpayer specify the
value of the goods he receiv-
ed for his donation. This
must be in the form of a
document from the church or
synagogue or other tax-
exempt organization;
cancelled checks will not be
Meanwhile, the status of
other items for which Jews
automatically claim tax
deductions — like High
Holiday tickets — is up for
debate in the U.S. Tax
Court. As it now stands,
High Holiday tickets do not
constitute quid pro quo,

charitable donations for •
which someone receives a
service, and as such are not,
Yet a case pending in the
U.S. Tax Court challenges
the tax-deductible status of
quid pro quo services in the
Church of Scientology. If the "I
Court rules against the. ,
church, all religious institu-
tions would be affected. so
Should the Scientologists
lose and the Bush ad- 4
ministration pass the new
tax bill — both of which
observers predict — the Jew-.
ish community would lose
millions. Among the items...,
that would no longer
automatically be tax deduc- 1
tible: congregational mem-
bership dues, High Holiday 41
tickets, synagogue education
classes and pastoral co _ unsel!'
"If the tax bill passes and
the Scientologists lose, then
nobody will have anything
in place because nobody •
wants to deal with this,"
said Marc Stern, a lawyer
with the American Jewish_,
Congress. "It will be Mg
disaster for the Jewish, 4
The new legislation regar-
ding charitable donations
was introduced by Sen.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan,
D-N.Y., along with Sen."
John Danforth, R-Mo., and
Sen. David Boren, D-Okla. (11
Part of a $31 billion measure
aimed at balancing tax cuts
and increases, it includes tax •
credits for first-time home
buyers, tax breaks for those,
in the upper-income bracket
and greater aid to inner-city

Father And Daughter
Decry Bosnian Violence


Staff Writer


ike most people
reading the daily ac-
counts of atrocities in
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr.
David Loeffler is appalled.
But unlike everyone else,
the Sinai Hospital im-
munologist could no longer
remain silent after seeing
images of gaunt men behind
barbed wire fences and 2-
year-old victims of sniper
fire on television and in
Sunday, Dr. Loeffler and
his 11-year-old daughter,
Deena, stood holding a large
sign near the Holocaust


Memorial Center as people
entered the Jewish Com-
munity Center. The sign
read: "Yugoslavia: The 4
tragedy demands a stronger...,
Western response."
Dr. Loeffler has doubts •
whether his one-man, one-
daughter protest had any
effect. But "Something in
my kishkes won't let this I
thing go," he said. "If we (as
Jews) learned anything, we `
can't allow genocide to go on
no matter who it's happen- "
ing to."
Dr. Loeffler and Deena
handed out between 75 and
100 copies of letters he is
asking people to send to
George Bush, urging the
president "to use all means

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