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July 30, 1993 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-07-30

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A fresh look at some recent stories in the headlines.

Community T


he phones have gone
silent. Last month, the
Jewish Community
Council joined forces with
The Jewish News and the
College of Urban, Labor and
Metropolitan Affairs at
Wayne State University to
determine real interests of
Detroit's Jewish communi-

The phone work is fin-
ished. Some 887 individuals
were contacted and 505 sur-
veys were completed.
Ten minutes long and
confidential in response, the
survey asked questions
regarding the relationships
between the Jewish and
gentile communities, specif-
ically blacks and Arab-

Americans. The issue of the
extent to which the orga-
nized Jewish community
should involve itself in the
non-Jewish community was
also a topic.
David Gad-Harf, execu-
tive director of the
JCCouncil, said the number
of surveys completed is on
target with expectations. A

ewish Experiences For
Families (JEFF) is
expanding its Sefer
Safari family reading pro-
gram with translated books-
JEFF has started trans-
lating Jewish children's
books into Russian, then
recording both English and
Russian versions on tape.
The hope is to promote
reading among new
American families.
"It's helping them to learn
English while they learn

some basic Jewish con-
cepts," said Ellie Slovis,
coordinator of programming
for new Americans through
JEFF. "The project is really
encouraging parents to read
Jewish books with their
children. We want new
Americans to have a sense
of the fun and the delight of
being Jewish."
The books-on-tape, due
for completion this fall, will
be housed at the Oak Park
Public Library. Accompany-
ing the effort is a project to

translate explanation cards
found in back of the Jewish
children's books JEFF pre-
viously donated to the
libary. The cards include
information about the
book's theme and key con-
cepts and provide guidelines
for Jewish activities that
correspond with the story.
"The cards help empower
the parents to talk about
the (books') issues with
their kids," said JEFF
Executive Director Sue


tarism and violence.
This fall, WAND hopes to
honor Ms. Victor at a mem-
bership drive spearheaded
by professionals Andrea
Putman, Lisa Pernick,
Suzanne Aberly, Lisa
Blackburn and Dawn Ross.
"We need younger women
to keep our mission alive,"
Ms. Putman said. "Violence
stems from militarism. We
need to redirect military
resources toward human
needs, women's and chil-
dren's issues and domestic

- Safari
With Tapes



r Activists



AND, Women's
Action For A New
Direction, hopes to
gain new members in met-
ropolitan Detroit this corn-
ing year.
As Arlene Victor of
Bloomfield Hills takes the
helm of the group's national
presidency, area activists
are searching for more pro-
fessional women under 45 to
fulfill WAND's newest mis-
sion statement.
WAND's mission is to
empower women to act
politically to reduce mili-

U.S. Arabs F
Are Filing




ollowing recent revela-
tions that the San
Francisco ADL was
keeping tabs on a number of
organizations and individu-
als, Arab-Americans have
proposed resolutions in sev-
eral cities nationwide, call-
ing for investigations into
any reports of Anti-
Defamation League surveil-
So far, such resolutions
have been presented to the
city councils of Chicago,
Cleveland and Philadelphia,
where efforts included meet-

ings with the deputy chief of
police and the Pennsylvania
Human Relations
Charges against the ADL
were filed in April.
Investigators claimed the
organization had kept
reports on more than 950
organizations ranging from
the KKK to the NAACP.
Spokesmen for the ADL
have acknowledged keeping
files on hate groups, but
deny the organization has
participated in illegal acts of
operating a "spy network" or

violating civil rights.
Meanwhile, James Zogby,
head of the Washington,
D.C.-based Arab-American
Institute (AAI), last May
traveled to San Francisco
where he discussed the ADL
case with the editorial board
of the San Francisco
Chronicle and with the
Jewish Community
Relations Council.
According to the AAI
newsletter Issues, many of
the San Francisco ADL files
focused on Arab-Americans.
"The ADL has a long history

review of the information
and its release will soon fol-
"We have the raw data.
Now we need to determine
the best way to analyze it,"

Mr. Gad-Harf said. "Much

will be released in a series
of articles in The Jewish


44/ Ping

Jewish Families CA °


Arab American

of trying to portray political-
ly active Arab-Americans as
`enemies of Israel' or Arab
`propagandists,' " the news-
letter states. 0

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