Celebrating 50 years of growth with the Detroit Jewish Community
THE JEWISH NEWS
At Odds On Addition
The Holocaust Center hopes to expand
with new exhibits and a larger library.
ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSISTANT EDITOR
The structural prob-
hree years ago,
have been correct-
status of the
ial Center Found-
ing Director Rabbi other renovations has yet
Charles Rosen- to be settled.
For Rabbi Rosenzveig,
issue is of utmost im-
the Jewish Federa-
tion with plans for ma- portance.
"This is a project that
jor changes at the HMC.
to be done," he said.
The building needed
determined to pull
structural repairs, and
Rabbi Rosenzveig hoped it through one way or an-
to expand the facility by other."
But at the Federation,
at least 30,000 square
not under discussion
feet. He wants to include
a larger auditorium and at all," according to
library, along with new Executive Vice President
exhibits honoring righ- Robert Aronson.
"In our view, the time
teous gentiles and por-
traying pre-World War II is not right to move for-
Jewish life in Europe.
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Michigan's premier female high school
golfer achieved twin goals this year.
Story Of Her Life
Renee Brachfeld believes in
the healing power of stories.
He made some friends, he stepped on toes,
he got the job done.
From A Position
Contents on page 5
Will Jews Go To The Polls?
Over the years, the numbers of Jews who cast ballots has declined, and groups are
mustering forces to get out the vote in November.
KIMBERLY LIFTON STAFF WRITER
Story on page 65
erhaps Mamie Eisen-
hower had the right idea
She offered some
sound advice to voters in
1952, when her hus-
band, Gen. Dwight
Eisenhower, a Republi-
can from Kansas, ran a
successful campaign for president against
Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson, a Democrat.
"Vote for my husband," she urged voters.
"Or vote for Governor Stevenson. But please,
Forty years later, Jewish groups through-
out metropolitan Detroit are joining in a na-
tional get-out-the-vote drive, lobbying in force
to make voting the politically correct buzz-
word of the 1992 presidential election.
Like many congregations and Jewish or-
ganizations have done during this election
cycle, Bea Sacks, president of Temple Emanu-
El, presented to her congregation newly re-
leased statistics showing that 1 million
Jewish adults are not registered to vote.
"It is a myth to believe that all Jews vote,"
Mrs. Sacks said."Young and old, Jews no
longer vote as they did a decade ago."
The survey, released about six months ago,
comes from the Synagogue Council of
America, made up of Conservative, Orthodox
and Reform Jewish groups.
"I think it (the statistic) will shock you as
it did me," Mrs. Sacks said during Rosh
Hashanah services. She used the pulpit to
urge congregants to vote because it is a "so-
cial and political responsibility."
Jewish voter turnout always has been con-
siderably higher than the national average
of 50 percent. A decade ago, Jewish voting
was at an all-time high of 90 percent. Yet in
recent years, Jewish voting rates have
dropped to an average of 60 percent.
This year, Democratic and Republican ex-
perts are predicting the Jewish vote may be
particularly significant. Many Jews live in
key electoral states like Florida, New York,
California, Michigan and Maryland.
In fact, 90 percent of all Jews live in 13