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the costs of such an expansion
would be premature, said
Leonard Baruch, executive di-
rector of the congregation.
"This is all very preliminary,"
The addition would include
space for 21 classrooms, a com-
puter/multimedia center, offices,
a conference room, storage room
and a 1,500-square-foot library.
Additional parking spaces would
bring the total to 135; High Holy
Day parking is available at two
The existing building, con-
taining 30,832 square feet, en-
compasses the West Bloomfield
location of the Congregation
Shaarey Zedek Beth Hayeled
Nursery School, a sanctuary and
the Eugene and Marcia
Applebaum Jewish Parenting
Center. A play area located adja-
cent to the nursery school class-
rooms would be sandwiched
between the current building and
In order to accommodate stu-
dents living in the more north-
western suburbs, the
congregation currently rents
space from Ealy Elementary
School in the West Bloomfield
Convenience was part of the
reason for establishing the satel-
lite location in the first place; its
existence, for some parents, elim-
inated the need to drive to
Southfield in rush-hour traffic
in order to drop off and pick up
Convenience for the teachers
is also a factor. Educators would
have more freedom regarding the
decoration of the classrooms since
Hebrew teaching aids and other
adornments cannot be left in the
"These will be our own class-
rooms. We won't have to rent
anymore, which will save some
money," said Michael Wolf, di-
rector of education. "The teach-
ers and students will have their
Mr. Baruch said the expansion
does not signify a move of the con-
gregation, but an attempt to meet
the needs of the students, teach-
ers and parents.
"We are trying to create a
school atmosphere that we al-
ready have out there, but in our
own space," he said.
Despite the extra room, Mr.
Wolf said students using the
West Bloomfield classrooms dur-
ing the week would be expected
to attend classes at the Southfield
site on Sundays.
"It is important to give the kids
a sense of being in the sanctuary
and being a part of the congre-
gation," he said, adding that the
total school population of 600 has
been steadily growing.
"Right now we use every space
in the place, the rabbis robing
room, the hallways, everywhere,"
Mr. Wolf said. 'There isn't a place
where you can't find students."
To accommodate the plans,
Shaarey Zedek purchased land
north of the current property
from United Methodist Church,
a neighboring congregation.
It is the additional property
that neighbors fear would be al-
tered by the plans, potentially
causing drainage problems fol-
lowing storms, said Kathy Sell, a
member of the township's plan-
Mr. Baruch said design plans
include a pump to alleviate any
potential problems from the re-
"They have this problem now
and they don't want to exagger-
ate it," he said. "We have antici-
pated it." ❑
Machon L'Torah will hold an ed-
ucational luncheon mini-confer-
ence at Cinga Financial Services,
26555 Evergreen in the Travel-
ers Building: 16th floor in South-
field on Tuesday, July 25, at
12:15 p.m. A deli lunch will be
served followed by a discussion
on the three-week mourning pe-
riod of the destruction of the two
temples titled "Lessons for the
Destruction-A Plan for Survival,"
led by Rabbi Avraham Ja-
cobovitz. The program will be
hosted by Stuart Selis. There is
no charge. For information and
reservations, call Machon, (810)
Machon will present an op-
portunity to newly arrived Jews
from the former Soviet Union to
learn the history of Jewish De-
troit in the first of a two-part se-
ries titled "From Wilderness to
Metropolis". Irwin Cohen, a lo-
cal historian and a former group
sales manager for the Detroit
Tigers,will present a slide tour
through the neighborhoods and
milestones of the metropolitan
area. Roman Lundin will trans-
late the lecture into Russian. The
event will be held at Machon
L'Torah, 15221 W. Ten Mile Rd.
in Oak Park, on Wednesday,
July 26, at 7:30 p.m. Refresh-
ments will be served. There is no
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