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September 04, 1992 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-09-04

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Back To Roots

David Syme's interviews have
brought him home

page 67


Kmart Shopper

A business center in Israel
creates a bridge to Europe.

page 14

After Andrew

The Jewish community
rallies around Florida.

page 35

Contents on page 5

Hillel Teachers Walk

Hillel's opening day is postponed as teachers go on strike.


t was the much-awaited first
day of school, but nobody
showed up. In the midst of
negotiations over salaries,
Hebrew and secular teach-
ers at Hillel Day School
went on strike Tuesday, the
day the school was set to

The issue was money.
Teachers say they are underpaid,
and called administrators' proposed
1992-93 raise for them too low.
School officials offered a three-year
contract, with a 4 percent raise each
year. An additional 1.5 percent bonus
would be added at the signing of the
contracts, to be allocated the first year.
Teachers originally requested a 10
percent raise each year, then came
back with a counter offer of a 20 per-
cent raise over three years. The ad-
ministration "was not interested at
all" in such a package, according to
Hebrew teacher Ella Moskovitz.
Martin Gene, Hillel president, would
not discuss details of the talks, but said,


There were glitches, and
a 12-hour bus ride. And
there were great sports
events and plenty of
parties. The Maccabi
Games in Baltimore was
a week-long carnival for
the 166 members of the
Detroit team.

Mr. Baseball

Irwin Cohen was asked
to leave the Tigers.


C Edging The

Story on page 28

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nown to many simply as "Mr.
Baseball" is still reeling. For
the past nine years Irwin
ohen has worked in group
sales at Tiger Stadium. It was enough
to make a grown man giddy, that job.
Mr. Cohen loved everything about it.
The game. The team. The fans for
whom he often gave stadium tours.
"Babe Ruth sat in this very dugout,"
he would tell them. But everything
changed last week. That's when Mr.
Cohen was told his services were no
Hillel teachers picketed the school on Tuesday.
longer needed.
It started out like any other day.
At 7 a.m. Mr. Cohen attended ser-
"We're bargaining in a fair and open
vices at Young Israel of Greenfield,
manner, and expect to be back in the
then returned home for a quick break-
classroom very quickly."
On Tuesday, teachers took turns fast. Next he hit the freeway, heading
south to Tiger Stadium.
picketing outside Hillel. Written on
He went to his office, where he had
yellow posterboard and taped to yard-
a large picture of Hank Greenberg
sticks, their signs read, "Teachers `11'
looking wistfully onto the field. Soon
the school" and "Let's negotiate."
The school parking lot was empty
after, Mr. Cohen was told he was fired.


MR. BASEBAWpage 14

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