2 0 ELUL 5755 / SEPTEMBER 15, 1995
CJF delegates share visions at
North American conference in Southfield.
RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER
ords like "gloom and doom" pep- munities totals $3.67 billion. That includes
pered the seminars.
$1.08 billion in public monies for Jewish
At the Radisson Plaza Hotel hospitals.
this week, nearly 250 Jews from
"We knew that we were dependent on
the United States and Canada took part government. This study confirmed that
in a three-day conference addressing is- fact beyond our expectations," said Joan
sues of common concern: impending U.S. Strauss, associate director of community
budget cuts to social-service agencies, im- planning for CJF.
migration, American-Israeli relations,
The question, in light of probable,
deficit-reducing government cutbacks (up
The three-times-a-year conference is to $980 billion over the next seven years),
sponsored by the Council of Jewish is how to save programs sponsored
Federations. CJF, the umbrella group for through agencies, like Jewish Federation
189 Jewish federations in North America, Apartments ; the Jewish Home for Aged
sponsors the "quarterlies" as a down-to- and Jewish Vocational Service. The cut-
business series of committee meetings and backs have been proposed as part of a con-
gressional attempt to balance the federal
"It's been a very productive quarterly budget by the year 2002.
for me so far," said Robert Aronson, exec-
"Our Allied Jewish Campaigns have
utive director of the Jewish Federation of been able to provide supplementary as-
Metropolitan Detroit. "It's a chance to be sistance, but the government system has
updated and move the national agenda really made it possible, in many respects,
for us to take care of refugees and the el-
That agenda is riddled with complica- derly," said Paul Berger, a quarterly del-
tions this year, said staff from the egate from Washington, D.C., who
Washington, D.C., office of CJF. At risk moderated a discussion on Monday.
are billions of federal, state and local dol-
"What we are facing as a national com-
lars to Jewish communal programs na- munity is far worse than the consequences
of the Great Depression," he said.
A working draft of one CJF study re- "Unfortunately, right now we're moving
ports government funding for 45 corn- AGENDA page 8
An expanding Family
Circle helps brothers
of persons with
JILL DAVIDSON SKLAR
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Fence In The Woods
Huntington Woods questions residents' right to an eruv.
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oles, wire and Sabbath observances
reeled in controversy at a recent
meeting of city commissioners in
At issue: the eruv, a community
"boundary" enabling Jews to carry babies,
books and canes, push wheelchairs and
perform other such duties otherwise pro-
hibited on Shabbat.
The eruv is a physical border — like a
fence, wall or telephone wire — symbol-
ically broadening private property to
make a neighborhood into one extended
yard. Where there is no barrier, observant
Jews, with the help of utility companies,
often erect poles linked by fishing wire.
Members of the Huntington Woods
Minyan and other local Jews want the
eruv, and they point out that Southfield
and Oak Park already have eruvs. So do
)arts of West Bloomfield.
However, Huntington Woods commis-
sior ars aren't so enthusiastic. During their
publis. meeting Aug. 22, the topic took
more thaii an hour to discuss, although it
was not introduced as a formal agenda
Gilda Jacobs, a former Huntington
Woods commissioner, said the city offi-
cials were "splitting hairs."
"Really take a good look at what our
community is, at what our community
stands for, at what its values are," she told
them. "To me, the eruv is just another
way of neighbors helping neighbors."
At the meeting, Rabbi Yerachmeil .
Rabin, who leads the Huntington Woods
Minyan, described the eruv plan and
asked commissioners for approval. The
eruv would run the perimeter of
Huntington Woods' 1.5 square miles and
necessitate the erection of two 12-foot
poles on a public right of way along 11
Mile Road. The minyan would raise mon-
ey for the eruv, estimated at $20,000.
The rabbi also said there would be a
need for several "lechis," thin rails at-
tached to existing telephone poles. The
lechi, which reaches upward to the low-
est horizontal wire, forms the requisite
right angle for a halachically correct fence.
The proposal caused some confusion
among city officials. Mayor Ronald
ERUV page 10
If Middle East peace is to be
attained, its groundwork
must be put in place by young
leadership. A summer camp
in Maine brings teens
together for this very reason.
JENNIFER FINER STAFF WRITER
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A single guy airs
a singles series.
Jewish women find a niche on the
auto showroom floor.
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