THE JEWISH NEWS
13 TAMMUZ 5753/JULY 2, 1993
Dine Supported Locally
Amid controversy, Tom Dine resigned this week from the
leadership of AIPAC. But his accomplishments have not gone
KIMBERLY LIFTON STAFF WRITER
embers of Detroit's Jewish com-
munity have been quick to praise
Thomas Dine, who resigned this
week from the helm of AIPAC in
the midst of a controversy aris-
ing from comments he made
about Orthodox stereotypes four
"He was an outstanding exec-
utive director," said Steven
Victor, who with his son, David
Victor, serve as co-chairs for the
Michigan chapter of the
American Israel Public Affairs
Committee. "But AIPAC will con-
"I was shocked," David Victor
said. "The fact that he can step
down while AIPAC will carry on
strong is a tribute to Thomas Dine.
The pro-Israel community could
not have asked for better."
Mr. Dine, 53, whose resignation
was effective on Wednesday,
served the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee as executive
Israeli reporter who was re-
searching a book on Jewish fun-
damentalism and asked a question
about American Jewish stereo-
types of Orthodox Jews.
"In no way did I mean those
words to be interpreted as my be-
liefs," Mr. Dine wrote. "On the con-
trary, my entire personal and
professional life has been devoted
to the interest of all the Jewish
people without distinction."
The remarks in question appear
in a book by Jewish Telegraphic
director for 13 years. During his
tenure, the organization grew from
a small, 8,000-member outfit with
one office and an annual $1.4 mil-
lion budget to a
a $15 million
budget and 14 of-
one in Jerusalem.
Many have de-
scribed Mr. Dine
as the most pow-
erful lobbyist in
In his resigna-
tion letter to the Words from four years ago forced the resignation of
AIPAC presi- Thomas Dine from AIPAC.
dent, Steven Grossman, Mr. Dine Agency Israel Bureau Chief David
alluded to an unfortunate contro- Landau, released this month, Piety
versy "which, because of its mis- and Power: The World of Jewish
leading nature, is a source of deep Fundamentalism.
pain for me."
"I don't think mainstream Jews
Mr. Dine said that four years
ago, he gave an interview to an TOM DINE page 24
In The Spirit
Christians, Jews and business help
inner city kids succeed.
The rabbi played
to an empty Senate.
Bump And Run
A local driver found
the bumps at Grand Prix.
In the deepest, darkest depths of Michiga
there lurk creatures who haven't seen
daylight in 65 million years.
They live in a place called Prehistoric
Forest. where day and night these
fearsome fiberglass dinosaurs roar and
growl (thanks to an audio chip) at innocent
"Ugggh," a recent visitor moaned as her
train approached a Prehistoric Forest
display of one dinosaur downing his
So much for the pantywaist parents. They
can sit home and watch "Lawrence Welk"
reruns. Ifs children for whom the Forest is
run. and children love it.
The owners of this dinosaur delight are
Marvin and Bruce Sapiro, who also
created the Krazy Maze and Jungle Rapids
and run the very bizarre Mystery Hill.
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They Came From The Irish 1111
Aaron Rose loves the plants
outside Shaarey Zedek.
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