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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-05-14

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23 IYAR 5753/MAY 14, 1993

Decision Deferred

Darchei Torah waits for Federation.

Masters Of Disaster


Hurricane Andrew is the 4th
major storm for lnrecon.
Page 29

ince opening its
doors seven years
ago, Darchei
Torah has added
a grade level to its
Orthodox day
school each year.
For three years, it has
tried to add the status of
Jewish Federation bene-
ficiary to its name.
Administrators remain
unsuccessful in the latter
Federation's Jewish
Education Division re-
cently deferred judgment
regarding the 152-stu-
dent school located in the
Agency for Jewish
Education building in
Southfield — neither ac-
cepting nor rejecting
Darchei Torah.
Sarah Kahn, principal
of Darchei Torah, said

she will continue to ap-
proach Federation for
beneficiary status and
"If we become a bene-
ficiary, Federation will
have given us the stamp
of approval, of being a
part of the greater
Jewish community. It
also means dollars for the
school," Ms. Kahn said.
Four local Jewish day
schools have beneficiary
status — Yeshiva Beth
Yehudah, Yeshiva
Gedolah, Hillel and
Beth Yehudah, Hillel
and Akiva have been af-
filiated with Federation
since the late 1960s — a
time when day schools
were gaining popularity,
providing a level of edu-



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fsp leb


Yearbook '93

This years' brightest
high school graduates.
Page 32


Arty Rx

Rabbi Spectre celebrates with students
and the Miracle Mission.

Art therapy at Prentis
is boosting self-esteem.
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Bringing A Torah
Home To Zion

Contents on page 3

Page 42

Starting A Jewish Hospice

A joint Hospice of Southeastern Michigan and Federation effort makes
special services available to the community.


hen Bernard's mother,
Ruth, died in 1985, the
Farmington Hills resident
heard something for the
very first time
— his father '
saying Kaddish,
the memorial
prayer, unaided
by a prayerbook. It was also the first
time that Bernard, 30, had participat-
ed in something so deeply personal and
Jewish with his father.
During the entire process of his
mother's long terminal illness, there
was no talk of God, Jewish philosophy
on death or anything Jewish.
Unaffiliated with any synagogue or
Jewish organization since Bernard's
bar mitzvah, the family felt embar-
rassed that it didn't understand Jewish customs.
Carolyn Fitzpatrick Cassin, the president and
CEO of the Hospice of Southeastern Michigan,

along with Jewish Family Service and others in
the Jewish community, did not want something
similar to happen again. That is why in the past
several months Hospice of Southeastern
Michigan, which
has always offered
its services to area
Jewish residents,
also now offers a
Jewish hospice
"When you are
serving 400 or 500
patients a day, you
see groupings of pa-
tients, and so you
need to consider
ways to make the
groups more com-
fortable with our
services," said Mrs. Fitzpatrick Cassin.
Those services make a rabbi available if a fam-
HOSPICE page 22

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