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July 01, 1994 - Image 51

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-07-01

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And, if time wasn't moving
fast enough already, on Sep-
tember 3 at the Troy Marriott
Hotel, 20 years after they last
stepped from Oak Park High,
Ms. Blair, Ms. Gilbert, Mr.
Goldman and Mr. Tocco will
dine alongside those classmates
who share their desire to take
a look back so maybe they can
understand the direction they're
heading.
And, maybe, just for a mo-
ment, they'll be back in study
hall. Walking to the roller rink.
Kibitzing on the neighborhood

corner. Coming back to the com-
munity they wished had nev-
er changed.
For a night, time will be back
on their side.

For more information on the
Oak Park High School Class of
1974 Reunion, please call Karon
Blair at (810) 489-0762. For
more information on the Oak
Park High School Class of 1984
Reunion, please call Deana
Savine at (810) 661-4244, or
Aileen Bloom at (810) 557-
1470.



Jewish Groups Join
Gay Rights March

Despite advances, many gay
New York (JTA) —Jews from as
far away as Israel and as close as Jews find the two worlds irrec-
New York's Greenwich Village oncilable and choose to dissociate
were among the tens of thou- themselves from religious life.
Others who are determined to
sands participating in this week's
Stonewall 25, the International grapple with both identities say 1.
March on the United Nations to mainstream religious life, and the
Affirm the Human Rights of Les- religious laws and customs for-
bidding homosexual relations, are
bian and Gay People.
Alongside gay Buddhists, Mor- an ongoing source of conflict and
mons, Quakers and witches, the debate.
While the Reform Movement
Jewish groups — representing
synagogues, seminaries and com- ordains openly homosexual rab-
munal organizations -- were as bis, the Conservative Movement
passionate about their Judaism — despite considerable discus-
as about the need for gay rights. sion in recent years — does not.
Since the march took place on
a Jewish fast day commemorat-
ing the Roman destruction of an-
cient Jerusalem, members of
some Jewish groups took a break
from the day's festivities to say
the appropriate prayers.
The march marked the 25th
anniversary of the Stonewall re-
bellion, when a police raid on the
Stonewall Inn — a gay bar in
Greenwich Village — was met
with unprecedented resistance
and turned into a three-day up-
rising for gay rights.
The event is considered to have
been the launching pad for the
gay rights movement.
For many of the Jews march-
ing behind blue and white ban-
Nonetheless, a group affiliat-
ners, the rebellion was also the
ed
with the Jewish Theological
springboard for religious and cul-
Seminary, which trains Conser-
tural reconciliation.
Members of gay and lesbian vative rabbis, had come to march
synagogues throughout the coun- under their own banner.
It is the Orthodox movement
try said that solidifying their Jew-
ish roots gave them the social and that maintains the staunchest
spiritual base from which to de- opposition to homosexuality. This
opposition often forces Orthodox
fine themselves.
Others said that their associ- gay men and lesbians to leave the
ation with synagogues helped movement, permanently repress
them to feel comfortable coming their homosexuality or go deep
underground.
out with their homosexuality.

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For many of the
Jews marching
behind blue and
white banners, the
rebellion was also
the springboard for
religious and
cultural
reconciliation.

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