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February 26, 1993 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-02-26

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ye and Reform move-
ents will merge and —
e recent vote of the
abbinical Assembly on
e patrilineal descent
sue notwithstanding —
opt patrilineal de-
ent. For countless
mbers, a new defini-
on of Jewish nation-
od will emerge.
"In between the part-
g of the sea are the
odern Orthodox and
ose who have broken
the right of the
onservative movement.

Rabbi Weiss:
"We better
wake up."

t is clear to me that
lodern Orthodoxy
tands as a distinctive
lovement, with its own
deology , although shar-
fundamental
1gla chic commitments
rith the Orthodox right.
rou will need over the
oming time to define
recisely where you will

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stand in the configura-
tion of ideology and
Halachah as they are
evolving."
Rabbi Weiss said he is
worried about the future
of American Jewry if the
denominational divisive-
ness continues. The
examples of Pollard, the
Bush administration's
reaction to the loan
guarantees for Israel and
even what he sees as an
increase in crimes
against Jews in New
York happened, he said,
because of the country's
perception of divisive-
ness among Jews.
"You're not going to
hear President Clinton
say, 'It's one little guy
out here against 1,500
Jews,' " he said. "But
there's still a danger,
because now America
believes it can do better
with others in the
Middle East than with
Israel. But what America
better learn, and that's
all of us included, is that
we better wake up to all
of these issues now." ❑

Dr. Mark Diem

Loans Give Hand-Up,
But Not Hand-Outs

RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER

erry Acker, an
attorney in South-
field, knows the dif-
ficulty of striking
out on one's own.
Nine years ago, Mr.
Acker left his job as a
corporate attorney to
open an independent

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legal practice. At the
same time, his wife
Caryn was pregnant.
Short on cash and sad-
dled with bills, Mr.
Acker turned to Hebrew
Free Loan Association
for assistance.
"They didn't give dole-

outs. It's not charity. It's
Jews helping Jews get
by," he said.
HFL issues short-term,
interest-free loans to
local Jews trying to get
back on their feet when
hardship strikes. Agency
board members say they
SY MANELLO SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS
hope to demonstrate the
that
tzedakah
form of
shelter?"
ussian war corre-
Maimonides considered
Showing concern for
spondents supplied
the
needy in Palestine,
highest: Helping people
evidence of Nazi
the Detroit chapter of
to help themselves.
terror against Jews
Hadassah gave a
Jerry Acker is an
as German soldiers re-
"Parcels for Palestine"
treated. In Remontnoye,
example. While repaying
shower; articles were
300 men, women and
his loan, he opened a law
gathered and shipped
electrocut-
children
were
office in Southfield.
free of charge through
hun-
ed. In Zhutovo,
Almost a decade later,
the British War Relief.
of
evacuees
from
dreds
Mr. Acker not only works
Mrs. M.S. Perlis and
the Ukraine were suffo-
as a private attorney, he
Mrs. Tobias Garon were
cated. in gas chambers.
volunteers as an HFL
in charge of the plans.
Elsewhere in world
The Ladies Auxiliary of
committee chairman.
news, a petition by lead-
the Jewish National
HFL provides loans
ing Swiss personalities
Fund held a rally to
only to Jews who are
was sent to the pope, the
raise funds to redeem
International Red. Cross
employed and cannot
dunams of land in
and heads of Catholic
secure funding from
Palestine; Mrs. Philip
and Protestant churches.
other sources, like credit
Cutler was president.
Intervention
was
sought
unions, credit card com-
The Detroit communi-
to
cease
the
extermina
panies and banks. Board
ty heard several moving
tion of Jews. Polish
members stress that the
talks related to the war.
Jewish refugee children,
loans are loans — not
Albert E. Kahn spoke to
858 in all finally arrived
the National Council of
grants. The money must
in Palestine after wan-
Jewish Women on "The
be repaid so others can
dering from Poland to
War Within." Dr. Paul
Russia and Iran; the
borrow it.
Hertz, former member of
Mexican government
Recipients of loans
the German Reichstag,
authorized the entry of
may use the money for
spoke to the German
500 refugee children
down payments on cars,
American Congress for
from
Europe.
The
status
rent, tuition, and other
Democracy; his topic was
of officers and men
living expenses. But
"After Hitler, What?"
recently admitted to ser-
HFL neither issues loans
Children, their care
vice in French forces was
to consolidate bills nor
and upbringing, are
made official by a decree
always important to our
helps people avoid inter-
that cancelled the Vichy
community. Therefore, a
est on other loans.
anti-Jewish law which
report by Clarice Freud,
Laurie Frankel, an
barred Jews from the
executive director of the
HFL director, says vol-
army.
Jewish
Children's
protest
Detroit's
unteering for the agency
Bureau, on the success
against
the
Nazi
atroci-
has been an eye-opening
of the child care program
ties was heard in a pro-
experience.
was heartening. A
gram
at
Cass
Technical
"During my first inter-
receiving home for tem-
High School. The princi
view, I had tears in my
porary and emergency
pal speakers were
eyes," she said, recount-
placements was pur-
Charles Taft, member of
chased, Dr. Irving
ing the story of a woman
the president's war relief
Posner, pediatrician,
with a handicapped son.
board; and Dr. Stephen
made regular examina-
"Their house burned
Wise, president of the
tions of children at the
Jewish
American
down. They had no
North End Clinic; Drs.
Mayor
Congress.
insurance. They lost
Leon Katzin and Abe
Jeffries
proclaimed
the
everything."
Perlman provided dental
day
as
a
"Day
of
Protest."
HFL issued the loan.
services; and the chil-
One of the biggest fac-
This decision, like oth-
dren were making use of
tors of the war effort was
ers, was based on the
free memberships offer-
rationing of gas, food and
judgement of board
ed by the Jewish Com-
the sale of shoes and
munity Center.
members who meet with
other clothing. One
Some of the comings
applicants. Though the
Detroiter assigned to the
and goings throughout
board members operate
U.S. Coast Guard,
the community involved
Manuel Helfman, wrote
according to agency
the following. Mr. and
to
express
his
distur-
guidelines, their decision
Mrs. Emil Lowenberg
bance
over
the
anxiety
to approve a request is
went to winter in Miami
shown
by
some
people
to
determined on a case-by-
Beach; Ensign Norman
obtain extra, shoes when
case basis.
Kohlenberg was in town
the rationing was
Loans aren't only
on leave; Dr. and Mrs.
announced. In part, he
Leo M. Franklin left for
issued in the wake of
said, "Why couldn't you
tragedy. They also are
get along without a pair Palm Beach; Estelle
Blumenthal returned
available for b'nai mitz-
of shoes...when relatives
from a stay in Waco,
vah and weddings.
in (Poland) must get
Texas. ❑
along without food and

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