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Lorraine and Ben Pivnick with Eleanor Peitz at Colloquium '95.
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Mr. Cantor went on to say that
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problems we're having," Mr.
Lakritz said. "I didn't relate to
this event as an Orthodox or non-
Orthodox Jew. The people I came
to hear are authorities on the is-
sues. Many of their views have
been accepted by professionals
across the board. The prob-
lem is the Jewish commu-
nity doesn't want to deal
with the facts."
Mr. Lakritz was
alarmed with a report that <
60 percent of affiliated
Jews do not subscribe to
any Jewish publication.
The statistic was cited by
Egon Mayer, professor of
sociology at Brooklyn Col-
lege and director of the
Center for Graduate Jew-
ish Studies at City Uni-
versity of New York.
Mr. Mayer, who spoke
cally the Conservative Shoshana Cardin
and Reform move- and Rabbi Sherwin during the colloquium, rec-
ments, which refuse to Wine represent ommended that federated
break with tired de-
communities invest mon-
signs for outreach.
ey in subscriptions for the
unaffiliated Jews they
he told the crowd Sunday, "is not wish to pull into the fold.
your friend. She, (a Conservative
Mr. Lakritz agrees. "Take
Jew), is your enemy. She repre- some money and buy a publica-
sents the establishment that has tion. Get something into people's
allowed Judaism to decline to the homes," he said.
Before deciding on ways to re-
point at which it is now."
Although Colloquium '95 had cruit the wandering, wondering
been advertised widely as an in- Jew, it's important to ask "Why
terdenominational forum with an be Jewish?" speakers said. Col-
atheist-to-Orthodox lineup of loquium '95 participants warned
speakers, most people who paid against a perpetuation of "Oy
the attendance fee of $150 to Vey" Judaism, the brand that fo-
$250 represented the Birming- cuses on a history of persecution
ham Temple and other Human- and the Holocaust. While sad
happenings in the past should
Surprising many at the con- not be forgotten, they should not
ference was the veritable no-show overshadow teachings of Jewish
of representatives from Detroit's contributions to art, law, science,
organized Jewish community. ethics and spirituality.
Marilyn Rowens, director of the
In a culture of die-hard con-
weekend's sponsor, the Interna- sumers, Judaism must be a thing
tional Institute for Secular Hu- to feel good about, not depressed
manistic Judaism, said over, the speakers said.
invitations went out to all types
Colloquium '95 participants
of Jewish agencies locally and na- agreed that young Jews are not
tionwide. She and others, like likely to join a temple or syna-
Isaac Lakritz, an Orthodox Jew, gogue out of a sense of duty or a
were puzzled by the lack of re- desire to serve. Rather, they ex-
pect to be served in some way by
"That, I think more than any- their place of affiliation.
thing, says something about our
Speakers also discussed the
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