9 IYAR 5753/APRIL 30, 1993
The relationship between the Jewish community
and Michigan's governor has flourished.
KIMBERLY UFTON STAFF WRITER
Happily Ever After
cried, turning to
husband of four months, the
man who had rescued her
from a life of drudgery as a
chambermaid for the wicked
Charles Langley Worthington
Robertson-Watsford III when
Montague discovered she
was, in fact, the long-lost
daughter of Queen Francesca.
"You must see this story!"
Aubrey rose from her chair
and walked to Montague. "Did
you know that two — yes, two
— famed romance writers live
right here in the Detroit area?"
Montague turned in amaze-
ment. "Surely you jest!" said
"But look!" Lady Aubrey
handed her husband a paper.
"It's right here, in The Jewish
News, on page 36.
ov. John Engler and the
Jewish community have
been courting each other.
Now efforts appear to be
Mr. Engler will be the keynote speak-
er at the May 18 annual meeting of the
Jewish Community Council. The
speech at the Jewish Community
Center will culminate two years of lob-
bying the governor and his staff by the
"It took some time to establish a re-
lationship with the governor because
we started at ground zero," said David
Gad-Harf, executive director of the
JCCouncil. "A lot of progress has been
During the past two years, what once
was an almost nonexistent relationship
between the organized Jewish com-
munity and first-term Gov. Engler has
blossomed into one of mutual respect
and understanding, community and
state leaders say.
Gov. John Engler
More interest in the Jewish community.
`There is no better example of a pub-
lic-private partnership than the one
provided by this organization (the
JCCotmcil)," Mr. Engler said. "Its mem-
bers are noted for their philanthropy
and public works in the community,
and I am looking forward to being
GOP activist Andrea Fischer, who is
Jewish and serves as first vice chair
of the Michigan Republican Party, said
Mr. Engler juggled his schedule so he
The 10-day Israel trip returns after touring, learning and bonding.
RUTH UTTMANN STAFF WRITER
he International Terminal
ed Jean Hollander of West Bloomfield,
at Metropolitan Airport was
who traveled with her husband,
still quiet at 8 a.m.
Martin. 'Words cannot describe the ex-
Wednesday, but security
perience, the privilege. Thirteen hun-
guards and their dogs stood
dred people were standing at the Wall
ready to monitor the arrival of the
for services, davening. It was gorgeous."
Michigan Miracle Mission.
As the 9 a.m. arrival time neared for
See additional Mission
the first plane, about 250 relatives and
coverage, page 28.
friends gathered to greet the first
Mission-aires returning home. The sec-
The Michigan Miracle Mission, the
ond plane, scheduled to arrive at 10
largest ever from a single Jewish com-
a.m., was followed by a third on
munity, was sponsored by the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and
"I'm excited," said Jennifer Stollman,
The Jewish News.
as she waited for her mother (Leila) to
Worship at the Wall, a tour of
deplane. "I think my dad is more ex-
Masada and a solidarity march were
cited. He's missed her for 10 days. She
some of the many activities that in-
called every three days to say that she's
spired young and old. Participants like
having a great time."
Stuart Raider, 33, of West Bloomfield
The trip, which attracted 1,300
said the action was nonstop.
Jewish Detroiters, ended this week, but
"They ran us ragged," he said.
participants say the experience will af-
' feet them for a lifetime.
Mr. Raider and others said the trip
"Magnificent," said a weary, but elat-
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could be at the meeting.
"John always had a good relationship
with the Jewish community," Ms.
Fischer said. "Now it is just a little clos-
er. Both sides have made efforts to get
to know the other."
Jewish community leaders turned
to Mr. Engler's administration early in
his term. When he was elected in
November 1990, the Michigan Jewish
Conference was just getting under way
to bring Jewish communities through-
out the state together to become a
At the same time, the Federation and
other metropolitan Detroit Jewish agen-
cies that depend upon state funding
for programs hired lobbyist Dennis
"The relationship has really bloomed
and gotten better," Mr. Muchmore said.
"It seems as if the governor has real-
ized that a lot of Jewish community pro-
grams (like Jewish Vocational Service)
help others in addition to the Jewish
"And many members of the Jewish
community appear less willing to fault
the governor if they don't agree with
him," Mr. Muchmore said. "The lines
of communication have opened."
During the past six months, Mr.
Engler has been most visible within
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