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September 25, 1992 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-09-25

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Continued from page 7

Russian Jewish pupils began
Hillel this fall, taxing the
already tight budget.
As painful as it is, perhaps
more money should stay in
the Detroit Jewish communi-
ty, and less be sent at this
time to Israel. I believe in a
strong and viable Israel,
however, the viability of the
American Jewish community
depends upon furthering our
cultural identity.
Ultimately, as more and
more students are educated,
the result will be larger dona-
tions to Federation through
increasing awareness of Israel
and its problems, and the
strong commitment that has
been learned at day schools.
Already, former Jewish day
school graduates are assum-
ing positions of leadership
within the Detroit Jewish
community. We must take the
long view of what is going to
be important.
In addition, the administra-
tions of the day schools have
to be maintained on a profes-
sional and business-like basis.
Large and disproportionate
salaries and staffs must be
discouraged. There is no
reason for administrators to
make more in salary and
benefits than the present ad-
ministrators of much larger
and complex public school
Any thoughts regarding
building expansions or
renovations must wait until
the serious budgetary ques-
tions that are present are
resolved. Controlling costs
will assist in helping this
budgetary crisis that faces
the Detroit day schools.

As a past recipient of com-
munity aid and generosity, I
would hope that enrollment
will not be limited in any
educational area, but rather
the allocation process of the
Detroit Jewish community
will be re-examined and •
The choices that must be
made will be painful and dif-
ficult. The cooperation of all
parties is mandatory.
All who wish Jewish educa-
tion must have the opportuni-
ty, but as the process stands
at this time, we will only have c,
demoralized and adversarial
relationships with the teach-
ing staff over money and
benefits, and parents that are
forced to choose between ever-
rising educational costs or not
sending their children to day
Accusations and recrimina-
tions among administrators,
teachers, and parents must be
avoided. The voluntary efforts
put forth by parents in ad-
ministrative duties should be
respected. Cooperation for the
common commitment is re-
quired and necessary.
We must support day school
education in Detroit in a com-
mitted and responsible man-
ner. Increasing financial aid
from the Detroit Jewish corn-
munity for day school educa-
tion, or a limit on the enroll-
ment in the day schools of
Detroit, are our only choices.
Let us hope that further
discussion and dialogue will
rally the community to solve
these difficulties and
diminish the crisis facing
Detroit Jewish day school
education. ❑




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