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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-10-14

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DETROIT

THE JEWISH NEWS

9 CHESHVAN 5755 / OCTOBER 14, 1994

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Can't Resist

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Story on page 50

Changing With
The Times

The Allied Jewish Campaign is making
some fundamental modifications.

ALAN HITSKY ASSOCIATE EDITOR

hen Allied Jewish
Campaign volun-
teers make their
calls on Super
Sunday, Oct. 23,
they will be signaling the
start of something old and
something new.
The Campaign — the
Detroit Jewish communi-
ty's 68-year old fund-rais-
ing arm for some 20
area agencies and scores
more nationally and over-
seas — is undergoing ma-
jor changes. They reflect
changes in the Jewish com-
munity, changes in Jewish

identity and changes in
how individuals are divid-
ing their philanthropic dol-
lars.
Campaign totals for the
last four years have leveled
off annually at $26 million
from 16,500 donors.
Officials at the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit, the organization
that runs the Allied Jewish
Campaign, argue that the
totals don't reflect the
reality of multiple cam-
paigns during the last five
years.
TIMES page 8

$15 Million For Education

Davidson gift to Seminary.

ARTHUR J. MAGIDA SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

I

n what is billed as the largest gift ever made
to a single institution of Jewish education,
Detroit businessman and philanthropist
William M. Davidson has given $15 mil-
lion to the Jewish Theological Seminary in
New York.
The funds will be used to create the largest grad-
uate school of Jewish education in the country.
JTS officials are hopeful the new school will ele-
vate the status and prestige of educators in Jewish
day and congregational schools around the nation.
In effect, seminary officials are using the gift as
a challenge to local federations to boost their fund-
ing for Jewish education and put teachers and ad-
ministrators in Jewish educational institutions on
a parity with those in private secular schools.
"Education is the key to Jewish continuity and
the key to Jewish education is training more se-
nior personnel," said Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, the.
seminary's chancellor. "To win this war, we need
more troops. This gift lets us put more troops in
the world. It will also have a ripple effect through-
out Jewish communities by challenging local fed-
erations to properly fund the
teaching profession, which is a be-
William
leaguered, undervalued and un- Davidson: Aims
derpaid profession."
to "revitalize"
Rabbi Roy I. Rosenbaum, the
Jewish
education.
seminary's vice president for de-
velopment, agreed. 'This," he said,
"is about making Hebrew school teachers as good
as any in the United States."
On Oct. 3, Mr. Davidson told the chancellor that the
seminary would be the beneficiary of the gift. The funds,
according to Rabbi Schorsch, will come to JTS "in sev-
eral large sums."
The Detroit businessman said he "believes that with
this gift the seminary can revitalize the field of Jewish
education and make it, once again, an attractive career
choice for our best and brightest young people. I believe
the seminary is uniquely qualified to achieve that goal
and make a tremendous, lasting difference in the future
of the American Jewish community."
As had Rabbi Schorsch, Mr. Davidson also portrayed
the gift as "an invitation and a challenge to others to re-
double their efforts to create still greater resources for
Jewish education programming and professional train-
ing."
Rabbi Schorsch said he has "tremendous rapport"
with Mr. Davidson, whom he has known for five years
and who owns the Detroit Pistons basketball team.
But the rabbi did concede that he "knows just enough

about basketball to talk no more than five minutes
about it."
In addition to owning the Pistons, Mr. Davidson, 70,
owns Guardian Industries, which is reportedly the fifth
largest glass manufacturer in the world and has helped
place Mr. Davidson on Forbes magazine's list of the 400
wealthiest Americans with assets of over $800 million.
Among Mr. Davidson's overseas investments is a $100
million glass factory in Israel's Galilee, which, with 400
employees, is the largest single undertaking of private
industry in that country.
He also is a former chairman of the Jewish Federation
of Metropolitan Detroit's Allied Jewish Campaign. In
1992, he was the recipient of the Detroit Federation's
highest accolade, the Fred M. Butzel Memorial Award
for Distinguished Community Service.
The gift, which is exactly double the size of a donation
that Mr. Davidson gave in 1992 to the University of
Michigan to help train businesspeople from the Third
World, will let JTS move from a department of Jewish

EDUCATION page 24

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