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February 25, 1994 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-02-25

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ye never laughed so much nor
have I cried so much in one day,"
said Marc Beals of West Bloom-
field. The mere sight of El Al 747s
at the Detroit Metro Airport
international terminal brought
tears to our eyes and pride to our
community A year prior, the con-
cept of a Michigan acle Mission
was at most one El Ai direct flight
servicing 200-400 Detroiters.
pent-up demand resulted in some
1,3000 Detroit Jewish community
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drainage, heating and cooling
systems will cost about
$500,000. In addition, the yeshi-
va plans to build a gymnasium
and administrative wing.
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Pres-
ident Gary Torgow said the
school has chosen to remain at
its current location for several
reasons: to act as an anchor,
keeping Jews in the Oak Park
and Southfield area — espe-
cially the 10 Mile Road corridor
— and because the costs of
building or buying far exceed
those of even major repairs.
"The Federation challenge
grant represents a great oppor-
tunity for the yeshiva and its
supporters to modernize the
Beth Yehudah school building,
to meet the needs of our grow-
ing institution for years to
come," Mr. Torgow said.
The Federation is counting
on it.
"The yeshiva, and Jewish ed-
ucation in general, stabilizes a
neighborhood. It's integral to
our 10 Mile Road commitment
and renovation," Mr. Aronson
said. "Families move where
schools move. The yeshiva has
a longtime commitment to the
area. We're confident they're not
going anywhere."
The clock is not on the side of
Mr. Torgow's fund-raising ef-
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah's
board of directors hopes to have
all changes in place by Sep-
tember. Mr. Aronson estimat-
ed a 30-day time frame for the
yeshiva to secure dollars to com-
plete renovations by the begin-
ning of the school year.
Mr. Torgow is optimistic, ap-
proaching potential donors per-
If the upgrades become a re-
ality, they will continue an on-
going metamorphosis of
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah.
Through staff changes and
tuition demands implemented
during the last few years, and
dollar assistance from Federa-
tion, Yeshiva Beth Yehudah is
no longer in financial danger.
The school pulled itself out of
an $850,000 debt.
Mr. Aronson said those mod-
ifications were considered in
determining the challenge
"The yeshiva has a new
board, finances are under con-
trol. They have proven fiscal ac-
countability through lay
leadership and learned to live
within their budget," Mr. Aron-
son said. "It is the view of the
Federation that the yeshiva has
done some major houseclean-
ing in the last two or three
years. This played heavily in
our decision making."
An additional component to
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah's chal-
lenge grant is the promise of the
school's board of directors to
raise awareness about Federa-

tion and help raise donations
within the Orthodox communi-
"It's important for families in
the yeshiva area and the Or-
thodox community to show
greater support for the Allied
Jewish Campaign. The yeshiva
has said it will mount their own
campaign to attract more
givers," Mr. Aronson said. "Of
course, Orthodox support has
to go to its own community, but
it should also go toward overall
community needs, as well.
"The Federation has shown
great support and growth in the
10 Mile Road area. It (that
neighborhood) needs to show
greater identity in the Cam-
paign." ❑

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Muslim Family
Is Welcomed

Mevasseret Zion, Israel

(JTA) — It has been 50 years
since the Hardagas, a
Muslim family from Sara- n_
jevo, saved the lives of their
Jewish neighbors during the
darkest days of the Holo-
Last week, some of that
"debt" was repaid when Za-
jniba Hartaga-Susic, 76, and
her family were evacuated
from the war- torn Bosnian
capital in a daring rescue
operation spearheaded by
the American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee.
Devout Muslims, the Har-
tagas provided refuge to
three Jewish families during
World War II. The Kabilios,
who made aliyah in 1950,
brought the Hartagas' ac-
tions to the attention of the
Yad Vashem Holocaust
Memorial in Jerusalem, c/
which honored the family as
Righteous Gentiles in 1985.
"It was then," says Za-
jniba, "that I fell in love
with Israel."
Over the years, the Har-
tagas and Kabilios have
maintained strong ties. In
addition to the Jerusalem
reunion nine years ago, the
two families have cor-
responded whenever cir-
cumstances permitted.
Though the elder Kabilios
are now deceased, Tova
(Kabilio) Grinberg, who was
a small child at the start of
the Second World War, has a
box full of treasured
photographs and letters
from the Hardagas that span
more than half a century.
She is especially close to
Zarfa, Zajniba's older
daughter. ❑

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