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Misha Avramoff, Peninnah Schram and Rabbi Martin Schloss accept Covenant Awards.
along with great comfort, with Society) said the conference
great apathy, but the problems serves to boost his morale.
will be upon us."
"It really recharges my bat-
Religious communities in teries," he said. "Gatherings
America became increasingly re- like this make you realize that,
liant on government funds 30 yes, there are other people who
years ago when they began to ad- care." ❑
minister a number of social-ser-
vice programs in a
Over the years, agencies
like Detroit's Jewish
Vocational Service have
come to receive more than
70 percent of their budgets
through programs funded
by U.S. taxpayers.
In downtown Detroit, the
Misba abriei lilCi k tt fR Rabbi Martin
JVS office relies almost ex-
clusively on public dollars to
Schloss andeill Sel am, all of New
make services available to
York, receive95 Covenant Awards.
many hundreds of gentiles
Mr. Avramoff, coordinator of the Park
in need of job training, lit-
Synagogue in Manhattan since 1979,
eracy skills and counseling
Project Ezra to serve the Jewish
for mental illness. (That of-
elderly poor on the Lower East Side.
fice receives no funding di-
Rabbi Schloss joined the Board of Jewish
rectly from the Allied Jewish
Campaign, but does get
Education of Greater New York in 1980 and
some from the United Way.)
went on to help spearhead B,JE's Special
"It's hard to know how
Education Center for children who have a dif-
our services will be re-
time:learning in normal settings.
placed," said JVS Director
Schram, founding director of the
Barbara Nurenberg, speak-
Jewish Storytelling Center, has told stories in
ing about some programs
America, Canada, England and Israel, at syn-
targeted for cuts. "Funding
them was truly a role we
agogues, festivals, and other venues.
thought would be filled by
"As a storyteller, I never know when a sto-
ry or an image or words from a story will take
The new Republican-
hold," she said. But I know that with these
dominated Congress is forc-
stories, I have been nourished and nur-
ing agency directors like Ms.
i my understanding of people and the
Nurenberg to think twice,
wisdom of Judaism."
and several delegates to the
CJF Quarterly, accustomed
The ceremony was held in memory of
to discussing politics in the
Robert Adler, chairman of the Covenant
manner of quick-tongued
Foundation's board of directors from 1990 un-
Washington insiders, have
his sudden death two months ago.
tried to dissuade state and
Emceed by celebrity Shari Lewis of
U.S. legislators from their
"Lambchop" fame, the awards ceremony was
Seminars at CJF's fall
held as part of the Council of Jewish
quarterly often were less
Federation's Fall Quarterly. It was co-chaired
than rosy. Even so, dele-
by Michael Feldman and Lynda Giles of metro
gates like Norman Tilles
Detroit. Harlene Winnick Appelrnan, also of
(past president of the Rhode
Detroit, was, in 1991, among the first three re-
Island Federation and cur-
cipients of the Covenant Award. CD
rent president of the
Hebrew Immigrant Aid