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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-11-20

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50 YEARS AGO...

Detroit Rabbis
Honor Colleague

SY MANELLO SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

F

or the first time in the
history of the Jewish
community in Detroit,
all Detroit rabbis as-
sembled at one gathering at
Congregation Shaarey Zed-
ek to honor Dr. A. M. Her-
shman on the eve of his
sabbatical departure.
A special report out of
New York recorded the
courage and versatility of
Jewish soldiers, who, to-
gether with their fellow
Americans, helped to occu-
py the Atlantic and Mediter-
ranean coasts. One of the
features of the 44th volume
of the American Jewish
Yearbook was a full list of
Jewish men in the American
Army and Navy who re-
ceived awards and citations.
Some of the local young men
who received promotions at
this time were Michael
Alpern to rank of major; Ben
Shapiro to rank of corporal;
Bernard Werbe to rank of
sergeant.
The cause of the redemp-
tion of the Jewish national
home in Palestine gained a
new, influential supporter in
the person of U.S. Senator-
elect Homer Ferguson.
The cultural emphasis in
the community was on the
observance of Jewish Book
Week. A prominent item in
the Center's display of books
was Samuel Weinberg's
Jewish Social Studies of De-
troit, the first Yiddish book
to be published in Detroit.
Dr. S. Halkin, poet and es-
sayist, was scheduled to
speak at Friday evening ser-
vices at Shaarey Zedek on
"New Patterns in Hebrew
Literature."
The collective musical ear
of the community was treat-
ed to several events. Ilsa
Schild of the Music Forum
was scheduled to play at the
meeting of the Student Mu-
sic Study Club; Julius Cha-
jes was to be one of the
artists featured at Pinsker
Organization's Jewish mu-
sic concert; Rabbi Leon
Fram, Temple Israel, was to
give a sermon on "The Mu-
sic of Religion" when the
temple's new organ was

dedicated at services.
The power of the spoken
word was noted in two
items. William Hordes,
Henry Feinberg and Adele
Mondry were awarded
diplomas from a speakers'
bureau course while mem-
bers of clubs of Detroit
Young Israel staged the fi-
nal competition in their an-
nual oratorical contest on
the topic of the need of a
Jewish army in Palestine.
Community members
from a range of areas pro-
vided "names in the news."
Mrs. Abraham Danzig of
Wyandotte was elected na-
tional vice president of the
Mizrachi Women's Organi-
zation; four Detroit doctors
were listed in the new edi-
tion of Jewish Physicians of
Note published in Boston:
Charles Aaron, Emil Am-
berg, Noah Aronstam. and
Louis Schwartz. The Pio-
neer Women's Organization
honored the memory of Yet-
ta Kanat by establishing a
fund to build a room in a
school for girls in Tel Aviv.
David and Samuel Krohn
conducted Conservative ser-
vices at the U-M Hillel
Foundation.
For those who were look-
ing for a place to hang their
hat, some rental offerings in
the classified section may
have attracted attention.
Among them were: a Mur-
phy bed and board in an
apartment, a furnished
master bedroom in a home,
and a furnished room near
two bus lines. Or, if being
a landlord was more to your
liking, only $8,700 down
would get you the deed to a
26-unit apartment building.
Some of the new couples
who were among those seek-
ing living quarters were Ida
Travis and Sol Moskovsky,
Sylvia Eizelman and Har-
vey Zeman, Sylvia Dworkin
and Arthur Blumberg.

This column will be a
weekly feature during The
Jewish News' anniversary
year, looking at The Jewish
News of today's date 50
years ago.

Cash Collection Down,
Agencies Could Be Hurt

KIMBERLY LIFTON S A WR ER

F

ederation leaders are
concerned that a severe
cash shortfall and an-
ticipated state budget
cuts will hurt the commun-
ity's social service agencies.
Accordingly, officials are
advising local agencies to
consider cost-cutting and
cost-saving options, and the
Federation is asking those
who have made pledges to
the 1992-93 Allied Jewish
Campaign to send in their
checks as soon as possible.
"We are dealing with the
problems of state funding
and a decrease in the Cam-
paign's cash collection," said
Federation Executive Vice
President Robert Aronson.
"And as our need for cash
grows by leaps and bounds,
more and more national
agencies are asking us for
cash."
The Federation is nearly
$3 million behind last year's
pace in collecting pledges to
the Campaign. And, officials
said, cash is needed to pay
current commitments to the
United Jewish Appeal and
local agencies.
"At a time of economic
distress for so many of our
people, when government
assistance has been reduced
in many areas, our agencies
are struggling to meet a
growing number of basic
services," said Federation
President David Page. "Flat
Campaigns have adversely
affected the budgets of our
agencies, and waiting lists
have mounted at several of
them.
"We are obliged to re-
spond," Mr. Page said.
Costs will continue to
escalate if Federation must
borrow to meet com-
mitments, said Emery
Klein, Campaign cash
mobilization co-chairman.
"Pledges are vital, but only
cash can provide essential
services."
Agencies first began
tightening their belts two
years ago, holding the line
on spending to prepare for a
massive influx of Soviet
emigres. With consistent flat
Campaigns, state budget
cuts and a recession, this
year's problems are
amplified.
Meanwhile, the Lansing-
based think tank, Public

Sector Consultants, is pro-
jecting a $450 million state
budget deficit for the current
fiscal year, which began Oct.
1. The consultants also are
forecasting a $1 billion
budget deficit for the 1993-
94 fiscal year.
Jon Smalley, a senior
legislative consultant for
Muchmore and Associates,
believes that if the forecast
holds true, Jewish agencies
that receive government
funding should brace for
some painful cuts after Jan.
1
Muchmore and Associates
represents the Federation
and several human service

The Campaign and
state funds are
down.

agencies at the State
Capitol.
"We will be out there
fighting for our agencies,"
Mr. Smalley said, adding
that members of the com-
munity must become polit-
ically active, making their
views known to elected offi-
cials.
Likely targets of state
budget cuts are Jewish
Vocational Service; Kadima,
residential care services for
Jewish adults with
psychological disabilities; the
Jewish Association for
Residential Care (JARC) and

the National Council of Jew.'
ish Women-Jewish Family
Service Meals on Wheels
Program.
Agency executives said<
they have not yet been
notified of any potential)
state cuts.
Meals on Wheels serves!
about 155 clients from Jew-
ish Family Service and Jew-
ish Federation Apartments. '
It provides two hot meals to
clients' homes Monday
through Friday.
It is funded in part
through contributions to
NCJW, private pay clients,
and money from the Oak-
land-Livingston Human ]
Service Agency, which;
would be hit by any stater,'
cutbacks.
Last year, NCJW for the
first time used its entire
Meals on Wheels fund plus
additional donations to sup-
port the project, which feeds
Jewish elderly and poor.
"We just made it to the end
of the year," said Meals a
Wheels co-chair Maureen
Shapiro. "Now we are
holding our own."
Yet in anticipating cuts of

all kinds, NCJW has been
looking elsewhere for fun-
ding. Recently, Meals

received a $340 grant from
Reynolds Aluminum to help
pay for Thanksgiving meals.
"Each year, the cost of
meals and the cost of living
go up," Ms. Shapiro said.
"Only funding hasn't gone
up." LI

Alan Dershowitz
To Speak Here

Alan Dershowitz, a leading
defender of individual rights,
will address a gathering on
behalf of the Allied Jewish
Campaign 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at
Adat Shalom Synagogue.
The program, which will be
followed by a dessert recep-
tion, is open to contributors of
$1,000 or more to the 1993
Campaign, their spouses and
adult children.
A defense attorney, author
and legal scholar, Mr. Der-
showitz teaches law, appears
on television, defends cases

C

with constitutional implica-
tions and writes a syndicated
newspaper column. His most
recent book, Contrary to
Popular Opinion, is a collec - c,
tion of some of his most con-
troversial columns and
essays.
Doreen Hermelin and Nor-
man Pappas chair the 1993
Allied Jewish Campaign.
There is a charge for the
event, and there will be no
solicitation of gifts. For reser-
vations by Dec. 1 or for infor-
mation, call 642-4260.

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