LESLEY PEARL STAFF WRITER
he roof leaks. So do the
windows. The parking
lot needs a new
drainage system. It
never had a gymnasi-
um. And enrollment
continues to increase.
Builders and con-
tractors recommend a
Jewish Federation of
real estate and capital needs commit-
In 1960, Yeshiva Beth Yehudah fol-
lowed the trend to the suburbs and
moved from Detroit to Southfield. The
building was erected on Lincoln Road
to serve boys in grades 1-8. Following
34 years of use, 11 1/2 months each
year, many say the structure is on its
However, rather than moving, the
yeshiva is upgrading with the assis-
tance of a challenge grant provided by
Federation is offering the yeshiva
$250,000 for repairs if the school can
raise at least that much on its own.
After Federation committees eval-
uated the building, they determined
funding was necessary.
Gary Torgow: "A great opportunity."
"This is what the capital needs fund
is for, repairs and such that an agency
cannot afford on its own and fall out-
side of the guidelines of normal up-
keep," said Bob Aronson, Federation
executive vice president.
To repair the roof, windows,
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Resignation and longing 'punctuate the
final days of Borman Hall.
Michael Jordan converts and
more headline fiction.
RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER PHOTOS BY GLENN TRIEST
()mean Wall planted a garden at Borman Hall last summer. The el-
derly resident of the Home grew tomatoes and flowers in the back
When autumn's cold forced her to put aside seeds and trow-
el, Ms. Wall took to reading books like Cold Sassy Tree. She al-
ways has been an avid reader.
One frigid afternoon, Ms. Wall finished her kosher lunch of
borscht and macaroni in Borman Hall's cafeteria and sat alone,
book in hand, by a window with a view of her frozen garden.
Ms. Wall said she does not have many friends at Borman Hall.
Few share her passion for literature. Few like to garden. Her
family members, for the most part, live out-of-state,
Still, Ms, Wall does not want to leave Borman. Thoughts of
moving away from the Detroit Jewish nursing home frighten her.
"I'm accustomed to this place and I'm timid," she said. "I'm not
too fond of this place, but I'd miss it."
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