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October 07, 1994 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-10-07

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Hine! Expanding


Plans call for a larger school and community endowment fund.

Helping Hands

Beth El volunteers
serve the homeless.


epresentatives of
Hillel Day School
will announce
Sunday the kick-
off of an $11 mil-
lion capital
campaign to add
28,000 square
feet to the school
and to establish a
$3 million en-

dowment fund.
Organizers for the Generations
Campaign said the fund-raising effort is
necessary to provide room for the school's
growing population and fund future schol-
"Just having a nice facility is not what
this campaign is about. It is about the fa-
cility and more families and the ability to
ensure the fiscal future of the school," said
Hillel headmaster Dr. Mark Smiley. "It is
about providing a quality Jewish educa-
tion to each child who wants one."
So far, individuals in the community,
mostly board members, have committed
$6 million to the capital campaign with
the largest contribution being $1 million. An artist's concept of Mel.
The rest of the money is expected to come
A $3 million endowment will provide
from parents and other community mem-
scholarships for future students and off-
bers with ties to the school.
Plans for the expansion call for the set rising tuition rates.
"We capped the scholarships at
building of a 1 1 \2-story chapel and a two-
story classroom wing on the rear of the $650,000 last year. It was becoming one
present building, the addition of three of those runaway line items. It just kept
playfields and the enlargement of the getting bigger," said Robert Schostak,
president of the school's board of directors.
parking lot.
Groundbreaking may take place in "But (limiting scholarships) goes against
June with a tentative building completion the ideology of the school."
Dr. Smiley cited the continuing growth
date set for fall 1996.

Not A Time
For Teais


'Feminism' is no longer
a dirty word as women
make gains and sutler

of the student body as the main
reason for the expansion.
Student population was 29 when
the school opened in 1958 in two
rooms at the Labor Zionist
Building in Detroit. Current stu-
dent population is 635 and pro-
jections for the end of the decade
are 750 to 800.
While the growth is welcome,
the accompanying problems
were the impetus for the expan-
sion plan, Mr. Schostak said. In
1990, administrators placed a
portable building on the west
lawn of the school to accommo-
date two classes. The next year,
another portable building was
added for four more classes.
Although the city of
Farmington Hills agreed to the
placement of the buildings, it
was with the understanding that
this would not be a permanent
"We knew we had to expand.
The question was just how much
and how," Mr. Schostak said.
It was then that the board of
directors commissioned studies
to determine the growth direction and
future needs of the school. Teachers, ad-
ministrators and board members were en-
couraged to submit their ideas which led
to the final plans.
"The consultants met with teachers,
parent groups, the headmaster, the prin-
cipal, and everyone was encouraged to
give their 'wish list,' " Mr. Schostak said.
HILLEL page 8

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Lend Lease

Employee leasing
is catching on.

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Contents on page 3

Six Days
In October

An opportunity to chronicle our
lives in photos.



3-year-old boy's symbolic first
A bride-to-be trying on a wed-
ding dress in front of a full-
length mirror with her mother
watching teary-eyed.
Bubbe pushing her grand-
daughter on the playground swing.
Friends lighting the Havdslah candle.
A visit to the store; dropping the chil-
dren off at religious school.
Swimming around at the pool.
From sunrise on Sunday, Oct. 23, to
sundown on Friday, Oct. 28 — "Six Days
in October" — Detroit's Jewish commu-
nity will be asked to take their cameras
and photograph whatever is relevant in
their daily lives as Jews.
Co-sponsored by The Jewish News and
Perry Drug Stores, "Six Days In October'
will result in a keepsake issue of 40 or 50
of the photos selected by Jewish News
photographer Glenn Triest, Birmingham
photographer Linda Solomon and edi-
torial staff members. The winning pho-
tographs will then be displayed at the
Janice Charach Epstein Gallery at the
Maple-Drake Jewish Community Center.
To help involve as much of the com-
munity as possible, Perry Drug Stores
has donated disposable cameras to be
distributed among the community's day
schools and afternoon religious schools.
SIX DAYS page 10

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