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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-10-13

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Women's Joint Institute Day
Important For Building Bridges

So many good results can happen when people
learn to listen to one another.
That's what our community will experience
this coming Thursday, Oct. 19, when Arab and
Jewish women get together to discuss their ex-
periences and insights in the areas of domestic
violence, family life, education and the status of
women. The Women's Joint Institute Day takes
place at Adat Shalom Synagogue and will be
keynoted by Israel Consul General Colette Avi-
tal.
What is really being created, however, is a
meeting of the minds. Almost a natural out-
growth of Beijing and Oslo II, here in our own
back yard, women of different backgrounds and

interests will discuss issues that, whether one
believes in the Torah or the Koran, are impor-
tant, "on the ground" concerns.
With world events as a backdrop, it's also good
to see local Jewish organizations such as Feder-
ation's Women's Division, the Greater Detroit
Chapter of Hadassah, NCJW and ORT, in con-
junction with The Jewish News and the Abra-
ham Fund, getting together and reaching out. If
the goal is for peaceful coexistence within the
- borders of Israel, then Detroit's Jewish women
are showing the world that those issues are not
a million miles away, but also are important here
at home.

The March's Messenger

Next week's Million Man March in Washington,
D.C., is intended to give African-American males
a chance to stand for commitment to families and
other traditional values. With this has come re-
newed focus on the event's organizer, Nation of
Islam leader the Rev. Louis Farrakhan. He has
a well-documented record of anti-Semitism.
The Anti-Defamation League first brought Mr.
Farrakhan to national attention in 1984 when
it compared the black nationalist to Hitler. That
was in the wake of Mr. Farrakhan's comments
that if Jews harmed then-presidential candidate
the Rev. Jesse Jackson, "I warn you in the name
of Allah, this will be the last ... (black leader) you
harm."
He was convinced, he said, that the ADL re-
port critical of the Rev. Jackson might encour-
age potential assassins. Mr. Farrakhan proceeded
in the months that followed to call Hitler a
"wickedly great man" and Judaism a "dirty reli-
gion." In the decade since, neither his rhetoric
nor the ADL's denunciations have waned.
As recently as this past Sunday, Mr. Far-
rakhan said, "If you look, the FBI and the ADL
have worked very well together, and the Fed-
eral Reserve was set up in 1913, and then the
IRS was set up. How else is the Federal Reserve
going to be paid interest on money that Ameri-

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ca borrows except through taxing the American
people?" Somewhere in those inane statements
is part of the ideology that Mr. Farrakhan pro-
motes.
The ADL, breaking rank with the other ma-
jor American Jewish agencies, will not maintain
a low profile about the Million Man March. The
group has placed ads in the New York Times and
the Washington Post lauding the event's goals,
but repudiating Mr. Farrakhan's leadership.
Jews must always remind others that they will
not stand for hate — from the lips of Mr. Far-
rakhan or from those of Mark Fuhrman, the ob-
scenely racist former cop of O.J. Simpson trial
fame. For that reason alone, we cannot march
with those led by Mr. Farrakhan, despite the pos-
itive messages that may be promoted along the
way. The march will proceed and we have made
our statement. The Nation of Islam will contin-
ue to spew its twisted views. We must neither
relinquish our obligations nor allow the Nation
to monopolize the spotlight on the plight of in-
ner-city America. We must continue to help all
minority groups, in ways that they see fit, re-
membering that we, too, belong to a minority.
Our role, the Jewish promise to the world, is to
bring the values of justice to all members of so-
ciety.

Letters

Really
Double Talk

I read in The Jewish News last
week an article from New York
that the NAACP would like to re-
ceive funds, once again, from the
Jewish community and to renew
its support and solidarity with
Jewish Americans.
Today I learned that, at least

in Detroit, the NAACP is solicit-
ing and collecting funds for the
Million Man March on Washing-
ton for the Nation of Islam and
Louis Farrakhan, plus giving out
T-shirts for this march.
It seems to me this is really
double talk: Give us your mon-
ey and "maybe" we'll be nicer to
you.
My suggestion — if you con-
sidered giving any of your mon-
ey — is that you will be much

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further ahead giving it to any of
the various Jewish groups solic-
iting funds at this time. The
worst of them is better than the
request that was made in New
York. At least Jewish groups
have your interests at heart,
whether you agree with them or
not.
If you have friends in the New
York area, you might also bring
this to their attention so they will
be alerted to the problem that ex-

Letters

ists within the ranks of the
NAACP regarding the Nation of
Islam and Louis Farrakhan.
It would seem to me that the
least that can be done, if the
NAACP really is interested in
assistance from the American
Jewish community, is to de-
nounce and renounce the Nation
of Islam and its leader.
I question why the article was
published at all without anyone
looking into the matter of
whether it would even make
sense to consider the interest of
the NAACP in raising funds
from our community without
some reciprocal action on its
part.

Daniel Natow
Southfield

Fascination
With Beth El

I do not understand your news-
paper's fascination with every-
thing and anything negative
about Temple Beth El. The head-
line, "Beth El, Member Feud
Over Fund" was only your latest
in a string of negative stories con-
cerning Beth El. Does any other
synagogue in Detroit receive this
kind of treatment?
The Jewish News' prejudice
against Beth El seems to mani-
fest itself monthly. Please exam-
ine your motives when you decide
to print an article such as thi s
one.

Martin I. Darvick
Birmingham

Heartfelt
Thanks

Heart-transplant recipient Erik
Morganroth and his parents felt
blessed to be able to hold hands
at Rosh Hashanah services.
Erik Morganroth and his fam-
ily begin the New Year with a
comforting appreciation of com-
munity. The notes, calls, chari-
table donations, blood donations,
prayers, daily vocal exchanges be-
tween friends and strangers, and
even the thoughts about us nev-
er whispered, were each an inte-
gral part of the energy we
received and still receive.

The Jewish News, through
Jennifer Finer, a young woman
wise beyond her years who spoke
sensitively with the family, re-
ported our story with dignity.
Our leaders in the communi-
ty recognized an audience wait-
ing to understand the religious
position on organ donation.
Why? Because all of your won-
derful energy ripened us for lis-
tening. You, the community, has
extended a good deed far beyond
the good fortune of Erik and his
family. Each of you in caring has
already played an incredible role
in furthering education about
organ donation — education that
has already produced more life-
saving donations.

Janice Morganroth
Southfield

Review
Priorities

I looked through a recent edition
of The Jewish News, cover to cov-
er, to find the article related to
the Hebrew Free Loan's centen-
nial celebration, with Elie Wiesel
as the distinguished guest
speaker. Other than honorable
mention in a column, I was dis-
mayed not to find any related
story.
How disappointing that our
community had a Nobel Peace
Prize winner, celebrated author
and noted Holocaust survivor
speaking in our area, and no fol-
lowup coverage of such an ex-
citing event.
Please, for the upcoming year,
review priorities in The Jewish
News.

Janet Parker Deitsch
Farmington Hills

Letters Policy

Letters must be typewritten,
double-spaced, and include
the name, home address, day-
time phone number and sig-
nature of the writer.

Brief letters (less than • a
page), arriving by noon Tues-
day, will be given preference.

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