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December 04, 1992 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-12-04

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Firefighter Suspended
For 1982 Jewish Slurs

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sion ruled unanimously that
the city's charges were not
brought forth in a timely
fashion; and, therefore, Lt.
DeWinter should not be
disciplined for statements
made in 1982, even though
they only recently came to
light. We ruled that it was
an act of insubordination
when he disobeyed lawful
orders from superiors by not
responding to inquiries
about the matter."

Jerry Tobin, public safety
director for the City of c.]
Southfield, said no explicit
time period exists for charg-
ing such a complaint.
However, the remarks were
made before the police and
fire department were in-
volved with sensitivity
training. 1
"We live in a diversified
area and our workers must
be aware of that. So we are
trying to establish a no-
nonsense policy," Mr. Tobin
said. "If the statements were
made today there would be
absolute discipline. But thet-----,
commission issued discipline ('
in this case and everyone
has gotten the message that
this type of behavior will not `\,
be tolerated." 0

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outhfield firefigher Lt.
Robert DeWinter lost
his appeal last week
when the Police and
Fire Civil Service Commis-
sion upheld his 45-day-
suspension without pay.
He was suspended after
refusing to answer charges
that he had made anti-
Semitic remarks and racial
slurs.
Former co-workers claim
Lt. DeWinter used the term
J.T.S. for "Jews to Sinai"
when a patient was being
transported to the hospital
in Detroit. One former
employee said he was called
"resident Jew" or "Jew boy"
by Lt. DeWinter.
Charges against Lt.
DeWinter were brought up
after an investigation. Lt.
DeWinter and firefighter
Mary Potts had filed a
lawsuit alleging harass-
ment, intimidation and dis-
crimination.
Lt. DeWinter is being
punished for his refusal to
respond to the charges, not
the comments he allegedly
made. The statements date
back 10 years.
Southfield City Manager
Robert R. Block said in a
press release, "The commis-

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ollowing the lead of
Temple Israel, Con-
gregation Beth Shalom
will house 30 homeless
guests next July.
Beth Shalom and Temple
Israel will work with South
Oakland Shelter, providing
three meals a day, a place to
sleep and transportation to
and from work. Guests may
shower on site or at the
YMCA in Royal Oak.
Temple Israel participated
in the program last summer.
South Oakland Shelter
rotates sites each week bet-
ween churches and syn-
agogues. No permanent
shelter exists.
Rabbi David Nelson and
members of Beth Shalom
became interested in work-
ing with the shelter last
year.
"We went down to Iroquois

Church in Indian Village
and brought dinner and cJ
blankets," Rabbi Nelson
said. "We didn't see people
who were down and out. We
saw people who were down
on their luck. They looked
like you and me. And that
was frightening. We wanted
to do more."
From July 4-11 of next
year, Beth Shalom will set
up its site. Temple Israel
will act as a shelter Dec. 19-
26,1993.
Rabbi Nelson said there
are several reasons the syn-
agogue did not get involved
sooner — churches have
been doing this kind of work
for years.
"Most synagogues are not
strategically located.
Several of the churches in-
volved are in the inner city.
Also, we will observe the

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