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December 30, 1994 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-12-30

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FOOT SOLDIERS

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doors and meet people they nor-
mally would never have met.
"Some of our volunteers have
kids who have never been south
of Eight Mile Road," Dr. Diem
said. "This is an eye-opener for
them and for all of -us. Some of the
kids who live in the suburbs have
no idea of what it means to need
something. A lot of the people we
serve are in wheelchairs or con-
fined to their beds. The smells in
the buildings are different smells,
the furniture is different. For
many, it's a first time to see who
a poor person is. For the volun-
teers, preparing and delivering a
meal is like saying, 'this is from
me to you.' It becomes a person-
al matter."

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Mr. Krugel's passion
It goes beyond 9 to 5, says
Leonard Krugel, and it isn't re-
served for the ghetto.
Mr. Krugel said that his defin-
ing moment in the Salvation
Army arrived early. A friend
working with the Muscular Dys-
trophy Association had made a
home visit to a family in Farm-
ington Hills, seeing a boy who
would soon die of the disease. Her
phone call to Mr. Krugel was sim-
ply:
"Leonard, there's no food in the
house. None."
It was night, there were no
numbers to call, no bureaucracy
could be set in motion. Mr. Krugel
got in the car and went to the gro-
cery store, knocked on the fami-
ly's door and stocked their shelves
and refrigerator.
The family had been too proud

Amy Mickel, a U of D law student,

volunteers at the Booth Clinic.

to ask for help. They didn't have
the benefits nor did they have the
money to support themselves and
their son's illness. They charged
cash advances on credit cards un-
til there was nothing left of their
available credit.
The trip to the grocery store
was just the beginning. Mr.
Krugel helped the family connect
with Salvation Army services.
Then, Robert Dickman gave le-
gal help to handle their expens-
es.
"It happens," he said. "That's
why we ring the bells. And that's
why it doesn't matter if we're
Jews, Christians or whatever. It
all overlaps. And we all need one
another." ❑

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Leaves AIPAC Post

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Washington (JTA) — In a move
that startled Jewish Washington,
the senior lobbyist at the Ameri-
can Israel Public Affairs Com-
mittee has announced he will join
the inner circle of Newt Gingrich,
the next Speaker of the House.
Arne Christenson will end his
two-year career with the pre-em-
inent pro-Israel lobby to assume
one of the top four policy positions
in the speaker's office.
He will become senior policy
staffer on budget and spending,
Mr. Christenson said in an in-
terview.
Before coming to AIPAC two
years ago, Mr. Christenson, the
lobby's first non-Jewish legisla-
tive director, worked eight years
as chief of staff for former Rep.
Viii Weber, R-Minn., and as leg-
islative director for former Sen.
Rudy Boschwitz, R-Minn. Jew-
ish activists predicted that Mr.

Christenson's return to Capitol
Hill will serve the community
well.
"It's always good to have
friends in high places," said Ja-
son Isaacson, director of the
American Jewish Committee's
Washington office.
"To have Arne, who is not only
a gifted communicator, but a
strategist as well, advising the
speaker on a wide range of issues
will have a direct positive impact
for the Jewish community," Mr.
Isaacson said.
Mark Pelavin, Washington
representative for the American
Jewish Congress, added that Mr.
Christenson's move will only
strengthen Mr. Gingrich's al-
ready strong ties to the pro-Israel
community.
Mr. Pelavin cautioned, how-
ever, that Jewish activists will

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