her and the teachers."
Karen Cohen of Franklin, whose
kindergartner graduated from the
school last spring, said the Beth
Hayeled Southfield staff is exemplary.
"If it was just some average child
care center, well, things come and
go," she said. "But this is really some-
Committed To Southfield
family's reduced dues by participating
in our new 'double dues' campaign.
Others will join our new annual giv-
ing campaign, Ohr Chadash, a new
Neither Safran nor Rabbi Krakoff
would comment on any other
planned cuts or fund-raising plans.
It's a fast, friendly and convenient way to
get authorized Volvo service for
maintenance and light repair vvork.
"One of the things the board was
The synagogue owns about 30 acres
concerned about, in making the deci-
of land in Novi, which it purchased
sion now, was giving the parents time
in increments over several years, but
to investigate other options," Rabbi
there are no plans to move any
Shaarey Zedek operations to that site,
But the parents have other ideas.
according to Shaarey Zedek Rabbi
Stern, a fourth-generation Shaarey
•Zedek member, called the synagogue
Safran agreed, adding: "At the
her "second home. ),
moment, the Novi property is doing
"I'd be very saddened to see it
better than any of our other invest-
empty five days a week," she said.
"Nobody's doing well right now,
The Shaarey Zedek board
financially. It's not just our
"never has even considered"
shul. But the first cutback
the possibility of selling the
doesn't have to be the educa-
Southfield building and con-
tion of our children."
structing a new facility in
Along with several other
Novi, he said
parents, Stern has been
Many Shaarey Zedek
assembling what she is confi-
members drive from West
dent will be a workable alter-
Bloomfield to Southfield
native proposal to closing
every Saturday morning,
the Southfield nursery
preferring the more formal
services at the larger sanctu- James Sa fran,
"It's a great program right
ary, Rabbi Krakoff said.
said Abi Schildcrot of
presiden t .
For the High Holidays,
Huntington Woods. "What
the Southfield Shaarey
we're trying to do is to tweak
Zedek attracted about 5,000 individ-
what we have a little, so we can use
uals, Safran said, while nearly 1,000
the great stuff we already have to
people attended services at the much
make it financially feasible."
smaller B'nai Israel sanctuary.
The parents have met independent-
Dr. Michaelson countered that "a
ly and with individual board mem-
small percentage of families corking
bers. A meeting with the full board
from West Bloomfield to Southfield
has yet to be scheduled.
on Saturdays once in a while is differ-
Schildcrot, whose three children
ent than going to West Bloomfield
range in age from 21 months to 6
from Huntington Woods three; times
years, is a new member of both the
synagogue and the nursery school.
He and his wife, Jody, have one
"We did lots of shul-shopping, and
child in the Southfield Beth Hayeled
Shaarey Zedek has a lot to offer," she
and plan to send another next year.
said. "It's a great shul with great rab-
"We want to stay at Shaarey Zedek.
We like it there," he said.
Harlene Appelman, executive direc-
Rabbi Krakoff, who lives near the
tor of the Jewish Federation of
Southfield synagogue, called consoli-
Metropolitan Detroit's Alliance for
dating the two branches of the nurs-
Jewish Education, said: "I hope this is
ery school in West Bloomfield "part
not the end for the Southfield school.
of a larger plan of things that will be
Preschool education is the first step
happening in the next few months."
in general Jewish education, the first
In the Nov. 4 letter, Safran listed a
step in family involvement in syna-
few ways that congregants could help
pull the synagogue out of its deficit.
Appelman said the parents "have
"Many members may be able to
every right to advocate for their kids.
contribute 100 percent of the cost to
If they want to speak to me, I'd be
educate our children," he wrote.
happy to give them whatever help I
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