Celebrating 50 years of growth with the Detroit Jewish Community
THE JEWISH NEWS
21 SHEVAT 5753/FEBRUARY 12, 1993
An overview of Detroiters,
past, present and futures.
The challenges faced
by students and families.
Warren Christopher tries
to re-start peace talks.
Contents on page 5
Taking Sides On Gays
Detroit and U.S. Jewish organizations enter the debate
on gays and lesbians in the military.
s the nation de-
bates the rights of
gays and lesbians
in the military,
tions, both local
and national, are
butting heads on
The Union of American Hebrew
Congregations, representing Reform
temples in the United States and
Canada, issued a statement last week
urging President Bill Clinton to end
the ban on gays and lesbians in the
Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg couldn't be
"I'm delighted that the Reform
movement has taken a courageous and
just stand on this issue. We're fortu-
nate as Jewish Americans to have a
president so committed to justice for
all," said the spiritual leader of
Congregation Shir Tikvah in Troy.
The UAHC's brief letter, penned by
the chairperson and director of the
"I always harbored the belief that
some are much more Jewish in spirit
than in birth," Jack said. Jack
converted to Judaism 11 years ago.
He prays each Sabbath and reads the
Jewish scholars. He's a member of
Temple Beth Zohar — the small
congregation inside the walls of
Jackson State Prison.
Does Halachah uphold
RUTH LITTMAN STAFF WRITER
LESLEY PEARL STAFF WRITER
ewish doctors, lawyers and rab-
bis in metropolitan Detroit are
expressing differing views on
the latest assisted suicide per-
formed by Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Elaine Goldbaum, 47, of Southfield,
debilitated by an advanced case of mul-
tiple sclerosis, killed herself Monday
morning by inhaling carbon monoxide
provided by Dr. Kevorkian.
The assisted suicide, Dr. Kevorkian's
12th, sparked dissent from several
"Halachah does not leave room for
assisted suicide," said Phillip Friedman
at Neurological Surgery PC in
Dr. Friedman, a member of Con-
gregation Shomrey Emunah, said
Jewish law distinguishes between as-
sisted suicide and discontinuation of
medical treatment in terminal cases.
As a Jewish physician, Dr. Friedman
believes Torah permits terminally ill
patients to end treatment when it
serves merely to prolong suffering.
Commission on Social Action, likened
the plight of gays and lesbians with
Marranos — Jews in Spain forced to
act as Christians to save their lives
during the Inquisition.
The letter to President Clinton
reads: "The Inquisition. Recalling this
history, Jews of today can identify with
the plight of gay and lesbian soldiers
who have become modern-day
HOMOSEXUAL page 18
SUICIDE page 20