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October 29, 1993 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-10-29

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1 4 CHESHVAN 5754/OCTOBER 29, 1 9 9 3

This Week's Uncommon Forum
Reveals Common Agendas

Jews cross lines to discuss the city/suburb dilemma.


L. Brooks
Ed McNamara,
Maryann Mahaffey
and Don Barden
spoke out

s it Coleman's fault?
About a week before
Detroiters enter the voting
booths, a panel of political
and business leaders was
asked if city and suburban
woes can be attributed to the
Motor City's highest ranking
official of 20 years: Mayor
Coleman Young.
T h e
who spoke
at the
B i r m
ngh am
Temple on
Oct. 25,
Young nei-
ther can
be accused of starting the city's
problems, nor for single-hand-
edly aggravating good will be-
tween the city and suburbs.
The key to Detroit's renais-
sance, they said, is not blame.
It's city/suburb cooperation.
"I have my own problems with

Coleman Young, as many of you
know... But the point I'm mak-
ing is that we have to move be-
yond trying to lay the blame all
on one person," said Maryann
Mahaffey, president of the
Detroit City Council.
Ms. Mahaffey was joined on
the panel by Detroit business
leader Don Barden, Wayne
County Executive Edward
McNamara and L. Brooks
Patterson, Oakland County ex-
The event, which attracted
nearly 350 people from several
local synagogues and temples,
was titled, "Detroit and Its
Suburbs: Confrontation or
Cooperation? The search for a
common agenda."
Though the search was for a
common agenda, Monday's fo-
rum held uncommon signifi-
cance. It not only brought
together leaders from three dif-
ferent southeast Michigan juris-
dictions, but also represented
intercongregational, interde-
nominational cooperation.
"This is the very first time in

the history of this community
that Reform, Conservative and
Humanistic Jews have sat down
at the same table for any pro-
gram," said Reform Rabbi
Darnel Schwartz of Temple Shir
Shalom. "If you feel the gap be-
tween Detroit and its suburbs is
large, you ain't seen nothing yet
because the last time two Jews
agreed on anything was when
the Temple was destroyed (in
Rabbi Schwartz serves on the
new "Intercongregational
Committee" with Rabbi Sherwin
Wine of the Birmingham
Temple, a Humanist congrega-
tion, and Rabbi David Nelson, of
Congregation Beth Shalom,
which is Conservative. The pres-
idents of these congregations
also serve on the committee,
which sponsored the event.
"Our hope is to establish co-
operation. The principle that
works is pluralism. The inter-
congregational forum is a way
for us to come together in areas
we agree. We live with the dif-

Back, by popular demand!
Debunked strange notions
about Judaism, Hebrew and Israel.

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Apartheid Activist Opens Book Fair

Nobel Prize nominee Helen Suzman speaks 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the JCC.

Detroiter Vicky Shietman Will speak about her book, Good-bye to the Trees.


ast fall, "Saturday Night Live's" Al
Franken packed a room of the Jewish
Community Center, evoking laugh-
ter and wrapping up the 41st annu-
al Jewish Book Fair.
A climactic ending to be sure. But
the next day, Book Fair co-chairman
Sallyjo Levine entered her office, for-
got about 1992 and characters like
Mr. Franken's Stuart Smalley,
opened her desk drawer and began looking
for this year's titles.
Between 8,000 and 10,000 names will fill
the foyer of the JCCenter from Nov. 6-16 for
the country's oldest and largest book fair.


The Honorable Helen Suzman will kick off the
event Saturday evening Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. A mem-
ber of South Africa's parliament, Nobel Peace Prize
nominee and president of the South African
Institute of Race Relations, Ms. Suzman will ad-
dress the issues of apartheid and anti-Semitism.
Other speakers will include actor Tony Curtis on
Nov. 15, magician Harry Blackstone Jr. and local
author David Techner on Nov. 14 and Talmud schol-
ar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz on Nov. 11.
Children's programming will involve story writ-
ing with the Brainstormers and Jewish folktales
with the Mythmakers.
Authors Elaine Snyderman and Margaret
Witovsky will be accompanied by a Russian inter-
preter when speaking about the immigrant expe-
rience and their book, Line Five: The Internal

A City's Rebirth

Quick Studies

Soul Music

Smithfield's moving forward
on economic development.

Temple Israel's theater group is
having a wonderful time.

Joseph Katz is committed
to the klezmer sound.

Thirty-one authors are scheduled to appear.
"We've had people read the titles for Jewish con-
tent. An author doesn't have to be Jewish, but be-
ing a Jewish writer is not enough either," Ms. Levine
"We're not here to compete with the bookstores.
We're only in town for 10 days. I don't care how

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