THE JEWISH NEWS
16 TISHREI 5754/OCTOBER 1, 1993
City Politicking In Suburbia
Jewish leaders appear to be unanimous that this year's
Detroit mayoral race will affect suburban lives.
RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER
udith Kaplan celebrated the first record
bat mitzvah celebration in 1922. Howeve
the rite-of-passage ceremony did not gai
popularity until much later, Adult women,
and a growing number of men, are reclaim-
ing their history, culture and religion thro
b'nai mitzvah. Each participant has a per--
sonal reason, but most share the feeling t
adult bar or bat mitzvah was amon g
important moments of t
usan Harold of
Bloomfield Hills be-
lieves Jews have a
role to play in
sance, but not nec-
essarily as Jews —
more as business
people interested in
seeing the metropoli-
tan region prosper at
large, she said.
"I think we need to drop the
Jewish-black issue. If we try to
deal with the religious and race
issues of the past, then I don't
think we'll get anywhere. If we're
more comfortable in Detroit be- Sharon McPhail and Dennis Archer surround
cause we've helped Detroit come Jewish Federation President David Page and
back (economically), then maybe Community Council President Jeannie Weiner.
the problems of race and religion
that meets several times a year to lis-
can be resolved."
ten to speeches and discuss issues rel-
Ms. Harold was one of about 350
evant to the metropolitan area.
people who attended Monday's forum
The mayoral candidates addressed
featuring Detroit mayoral candidates
a two-pronged issue this week: What
Dennis Archer and Sharon McPhail.
should the next mayor do to revitalize
The two may be competing neck-
Detroit, and how will these actions
and-neck for the city's highest politi-
affect the future relationship between
cal position, but that doesn't mean
the city and suburbs?
they don't see eye-to-eye on at least
Mr. Archer, an attorney and former
one point: the interdependence of
teacher, advocated the implementa-
Detroit and its suburbs.
tion of metal detectors in schools to cut
The theme wound its way through
crime. Opposing Ms. McPhail's pro-
Monday's joint forum, sponsored by
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the Jewish Federation and Jewish
Community Council. It marked the
first in a series of 11 face-offs between
the Detroit mayoral candidates be-
fore election day in November.
Jewish Federation President David
Page said the Southfield setting for
Monday's forum held significance.
Referring to his childhood in Detroit,
excursions to Tigers and Red Wings
games and Orchestra Hall, Mr. Page
told audience members that many of
them share his background and on-
going interest in the city.
He reminded the largely Jewish
One Detroiter knows
crowd that Jewish institutions, like
which movies will make it.
Sinai Hospital and Borman Hall nurs-
ing home, are city-based.
"And yes, in addition to all that, we
also contribute to Detroit's political
campaigns. We are, indeed, all
Detroiters, regardless of where we live
and vote," he said. "I think today's
turnout indicates that the Jewish com-
munity is vitally interested in the well-
being of Detroit."
Red Wing wannabes
Federation and the JCCouncil
skate out the fantasy.
planned the event after mailing invi-
tations to top candidates last summer.
After the primaries, officials from the
Jewish agencies reconfirmed that Mr.
Archer and Ms. McPhail would ad-
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dress the Economic Forum, a group
Field Of Dreams