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September 06, 2002 - Image 76

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-09-06

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SANFORD & ADRIENNE GUSS
JEFF, KELLY, MARV & HOWARD

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2002 • 5763

MAUREEN 330 HAPIRO
Falls Ckiiich, VA

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and relatives.

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SIMON & ESTHER
TABACHNIK & FAMILY

Great Lakes Yacht Club has 125 wells
or boats up to 60 feet long.

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2002 • 5763

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MUST FAMILY
JOEL, MONNI, MIYA, BRITNI, KACEE & SABRINA

and telatives.

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LOU & ESTHER STYBEL

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2002 • 5763 .

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SANDRA & RONALD MOSS

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BETTY & SIDNEY STONE

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May the coming
year be filled
with health and
happiness for
all our family
and friends.

May the coming
year be filled
with health and
happiness for
all our family
and friends.

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9/ 6

2002

76

IRVING & DOREEN LICHTMAN

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Ma y the wear Bring
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Health,
rosperity
Everything
;god In Life.

& KATE LAWTON
ROBERT LAWTON
HAROLD M. FINE

to camaraderie than to reli-
gion. Some say GLYC's histo-
ry can be viewed as a micro-
cosm of Jewish integration on
a national scale.
"After 50 years, the Jewish
community finally knows
about us," said Kommel, who
was the first woman com-
modore at GLYC and one of
the first in the country.
"They know we sponsor the
annual Leukemia Cup Regatta
and the DRYA Early Bird
Regatta. They may even know
we hold occasional Shabbat
dinners. But they haven't a
clue about how we've success-
fully balanced male chauvin-
ism and equal rights, Jews and
non-Jews, competitive sailors
and power boaters, younger
people and older people,
divergent socioeconomic class-
es, and many other issues,"
she said.
Kommel was on the leading
edge of these changes when
she joined the GLYC board -in
1972. Prior to her term, only
men were allowed to join the .
club.
"My husband was a mem-
ber," Kommel said, but "the
first time I was nominated for
the board, one of the attor-
neys pointed out that I could
not join the board since I was
not a member of the club.

"Believe it or not, there
were guys who believed open-
ing membership to women
was patently unfair," she said.
"But the tremendous support
I received offset resistance
and, after some heated
debate, the bylaws were final-
ly changed."
Three or four months later,
when a board position
opened up, "the commodore
simply appointed me to it,"
she said.
Although membership was
open to anyone, the first non-
Jews to join GLYC in the
1960s were friends and col-
leagues of Jewish members.
In the 1980s and 1990s, an
increasing number of non-
Jews began joining the club.
Some Jewish members felt the
club was under threat of los-
ing its Jewish majority,
returning to the very circum-
stances that led to its incep-
tion. Most Jews and non-Jews
agreed that restrictions were
unacceptable.
"Oddly enough," said
Kommel, "those in favor [of
restrictions] had close non-
Jewish friends here. It almost
rose to the level of family
member against family mem-
ber.
"I was forced to leave
Germany in 1940 because of

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