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February 18, 1994 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-02-18

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JOBS page 1

University of Michigan labor
economics professor, agree the
Jewish community is an ex-
ception to the nation's favorable
employment conditions.
"The difference between the
recession that ended in 1992
and the 1981 recession is that
in the most recent one, a lot of
white-collar workers saw their
jobs cut," Dr. Cohen said.
"Many people in the Jewish
community are more nervous
about continued employment
than they have been in the past.
But in terms of an at-risk pop-
ulation, certain minorities have
done a lot worse."
The sector of the population
that appears to be doing well,
according to JVS, is college
graduates with between three
and six years' experience be-
cause they generally do not
have to be paid at managerial
Recent college graduates
tend to be hit hard during poor
economic times; and while the
nation is experiencing an eco-
nomic recovery, they have had
a difficult time entering the la-
bor market. Their hardships
can be attributed to employers
who often don't want to hire
someone without previous ex-
Last March, Dana Polsky of
Southfield finished student
teaching. The following month,
she graduated from Michigan

State University. Today, she
has a job as a substitute teach-
er in Brighton, which will last
until this school year ends.
Ms. Polsky, 23, considers her-
self lucky because she knows
she will work every day until
June. But she is frustrated by
her job search and the poor
prospects of landing a teaching
"When I first got the job in
Brighton, I thought it would be
a good foot in the door. But now
there is talk of teachers being
pink-slipped, so it seems like
there is no way I'll get a job
here," she said.
Last summer, she sent re-
sumes to almost every school
district in the state. Most did
not even respond. As the 1993-
94 school year approached, Ms.
Polsky applied for substitute-
teaching jobs. She has subbed
in three different school dis-
"This (teaching) is what I
want to do with my life, and I
get frustrated that I can't use
the knowledge I worked so hard
for. I could never picture myself
doing anything else but teach-
ing, and yet I may have to," Ms.
Polsky said.
This summer, Ms. Polsky
plans to do the same thing —
send resumes to as many
schools as possible until she
lands a job. ❑

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September, anticipating there
would be progress made with
the negotiations."
Christina Dudek, a Marian
senior from Rochester Hills,
participated in last year's invi-
tational, when the school rep-
resented Honduras and placed
among the top schools. She is
looking forward to a successful
year again.
"The way Israel deals with
the Middle East and the rest of
the world fascinates us, and the
culture interests me personal-
ly. It seems like Israel is in-

volved in everything," Ms.
Dudek said.
In preparation for the con-
ference, the students spent be-
tween 30 and 50 hours
researching Israel's position on
world issues and met with Jeff
Kaye at the Israel Desk,.Raviv
Schwartz of Project STaR and
Allan Gale of the Jewish
Community Council.
As a culmination of their
preparation, they received
clearance to visit the Israeli em-
bassy in Washington. ❑

Purim, Kashrut Lunch
Sponsored by FREE

cArm Hebrew School, a divi-

sion of Friends of Refugees of
Eastern Europe, will host a pre-
Purim luncheon for students,
their mothers and grandmoth-
ers 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the
Jimmy Prentis Morris Jewish
Community Center.
The luncheon, which will be
prepared and served by the stu-
dents, will be a hands-on learn-
ing experience in the laws of

kashruth. The students also will
give a workshop on the laws of
kashruth and a Purim presen-
tation. A highlight of the pro-
gram will be a Jewish cooking
For reservations, call Rabbi
Kagan, 548-6285.

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