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March 28, 2003 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-03-28

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Staff Notebook

Faye Krut
thanks Temple
Israel fourth-
graders on behalf
of Mishpacha
Achat (One
Family), which
will use Ands
raised by the stu-
dents to help an
Israeli family.
Holding a
check in the
is Daphna
Feldman, stand-
ing next to proj-
ect co-chair Kent

Silver-Dollar Pancakes

emple Israel fourth-graders turned muffins
and pancakes into mitzvahs by presenting a
check for more than $1,700 to Mishpacha
Achat (One Family) for assistance to the family of
19-year-old Aharon Pakado, who was wounded last
October in the bombing of a Jerusalem city bus that
killed 14 and wounded 45 civilians. Aharon, who is
the oldest of seven children, suffered injuries to his
head, hands, shoulder, eyes and hearing.
The money was raised at a pancake breakfast held
in mid-February. Another is being held at Temple
Israel this Sunday, March 30, at 8 a.m. Breakfast is
$3 per person and $10 per family. The fourth-graders
will again help make and serve breakfast on their way
to raising $5,000 to assist the Pakado family.
School director Fran Pearlman told the students at
a March 16 Purim assembly where the check was
presented that "it took one Esther to make a differ-
ence. And when we see our brothers and sisters in
Israel struggling, it is up to each of us to make a dif-
The project was co-chaired by Kent Siegel and
Wendy Yedwab, whose children Mark Siegel and
Jesse Yedwab are fourth-graders. Sheila Schiffer, co-
chair of the school committee, helped with the proj-
ect. Daphna Feldman, Faye Krut and Malka Littman
worked with them on behalf of Mishpacha Achat.
— Don Cohen


Moran Outrage

alls for the resignation of U.S. Rep. Jim
Moran, D-Va., because of anti-Semitic
remarks he made recently have reached the
Michigan Capitol as well.
"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish
community for this war with Iraq, we would not be
doing this," Moran said on March 3. "The leaders
of the Jewish community are influential enough that
they could change the direction of where this is
going, and I think they should."


Going Home


r. Mark Smiley, headmaster of Hillel Day
School of Metropolitan Detroit, has accepted
the position of director of education at
Associated Hebrew Schools in Toronto.
Dr. Smiley, who has led the Farmington Hills-based
Hillel for 16 years, announced in
November that he was seeking another
job. A native of Toronto who attended
Associated Hebrew Schools as a child,
he takes over as the director July 1.
Dr. Smiley and his wife, Aviva
Silverman, have three children, Yael,
15; Doi; 13; and Ben, 10. Silverman
has been Hillel's head of Jewish studies
Dr. Smiley
for grades 6-8 while also teaching at the
Florence Melton Adult Mini-School.
"We are thrilled for Dr. Smiley and his family,"
said Robert Orley, Hillel president. "The board of
directors and the entire Hillel family say, b'hatzlacha
(good luck) to Mark, Aviva and their kids."
O _ rley leads the Hillel Day School search commit-
tee for a new headmaster.
Founded in 1907, Associated Hebrew Schools
now educates about 2,100 students in preschool
through eighth grade at three separate locations. The
school has a modern Orthodox orientation.
Sheldon Carr, president of Associated Day
Schools, said Dr. Smiley "encompasses all of our
-school's ideals.
"He is one of North America's leading educators
and fully embraces our dedication to providing our
children with the best Jewish and general studies
education available. His appointment is both a
homecoming and a new beginning."
— Diana Lieberman

The remark evoked harsh comments by two
Jewish Michigan legislators.
"His remarks are reminiscent of the hate-filled
rhetoric of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, when he
blamed our people for the economic ills that had
befallen Germany," State Sen. Burton Leland, D-
Detroit, said from the Senate floor March 18. "Here
we are, more than 60 years later, and again the
Jewish people are being blamed for events that have
nothing whatsoever to do with us.
"Rep. Moran's behavior is unacceptable and
should not be tolerated," Leland said. "As people of
faith, we need to let our voices be heard when our
elected officials cast aspersions on our community
and act without honor or dignity."
He applauded the Democratic Party leadership's
action to sanction Rep. Moran and strip him of his
achel Corrie, 23, the American pro-
leadership post and called on the voters in his dis-
Palestinian activist run over by an Israeli bull-
trict to find anther candidate when it is time for his
on March 16, was photographed burn-
re-election. Given Moran's history of insensitivity
flag in a previous Gaza Strip
toward Jews and inclusiveness, Leland called the
protest, news reports indicated.
congressman's apology hollow.
Corrie apparently ran in front of the bulldozer in an
State Rep. Marc Shulman, R-West Bloomfield,
attempt to prevent
made an equally
the demolition of a
strong state-
Rafah refugee camp
believed to be
"Rep. Moran's
remarks were
completely and
Israeli investiga-
Shulman said.
"They are remi-
niscent of Sen.
as she sat in front of
Trent Lott's
Burton Leland speaks on Rachel Corrie burns a mock
the bulldozer. They
racially insensi-
the state Senate floor.
U.S. flag in a Gaza protest.
her death an
tive remarks last
She was a member of International Solidarity
"Rep. Moran's remarks are the" latest in a series of
The group places human shields in vari-
embarrassing incidents that violate the high stan-
the disputed territories to disrupt and
dards to which public officials are held," Shulman
operations, according to the
said, calling for his outright resignation.
Israelinsider, an Israeli newsmagazine.
— Harry Kirsbaum
— Robert A. Sklar

Pattern Of Protest

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