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July 11, 2003 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-07-11

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Farmington Update


ommunity members who oppose
the high school International
Affairs course approved June 17
by the Farmington school board ("Flash
Point," July 4, page 19) have asked to be
on the agenda for the board's next meet-
ing, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
July 15, at Farmington's Board of
Education offices.
Several members of the community
felt the proposed International Affairs
curriculum was poorly thought out and
included among its references primarily
Web sites that were critical of Israel and
the United States.
The group, known as the Farmington
Public Education Network (F-PEN), has
submitted two requests for the board's
First, the group is asking the board to
approve five principles to encourage open
communication with the community
regarding curriculum changes.
Second, F-PEN asks the board to "halt
implementation of both the international
studies and American government cur-
riculum changes until a process consis-
tent with its 'five principles' is complet-
As of July 8, the group had not heard
whether its requests would be on the
agenda for the July 15 meeting.
For more information, check the
group's Web site
wvvw.f-pen.org or call (248) 661-8794.

— Diana Lieberman

Mr. President

Not All Jews Agree!

Last week's Jewish.com survey question asked: Do you agree
with the Supreme Court decision to uphold affirmative action
by approving the University of Michigan's law school admission policy?
Of 149 respondents, 58 (39%) said yes, and 91 (61%) said no.
Next week's Jewish.com question: In retrospect, do you think that the
United States was justified in toppling the Iraqi regime?
To vote, click on www.jewish.com

The Second 365

Bay City- Temple

ast year, the Agency for Jewish
Education published its first Jewish
very Day Calendar, known as
"365 Days and Ways To Be Jewish."
Now, the AJE is part of the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit's
Affiance for Jewish Education; but the
calendar will continue. And this time, its
publication will be funded by gifts from
two Detroit-area families.
Bill and Audrey Farber of Franklin and
William and Janis Wetsman of
Birmingham have provided generous gifts
toward the publication of Jewish Every
Day 5764, said the Alliance's Gail
Greenberg, a senior staff associate work-
ing in Jewish family education.
In addition to working on the calendar,
Greenberg will spend the summer help-
ing to plan the annual Apples & Honey
celebration, slated for Sept. 14. Featured
guest will be Devorah the Explorer.

fter a short time in a two-syna-
gogue collabora-
ion, Temple Israel
in Bay City is an
autonomous congrega-
"Temple Israel, a liber-
al, egalitarian
Conservative congrega-
tion, [will serve] the
Midland, Saginaw and
Bay City areas," said Cantor Daniel Gale
of Temple Israel.
"For the past several years, Temple
Israel operated as Temple Beth Israel in a
joint venture with Temple B'nai Israel,
Saginaw. Following the Saginaw congre-
gation's decision not to merge with Bay
City's congregation, Temple Israel will
continue to serve the Tri-Cities' Jewish
community" The change was effective
July 1.

— Diana Lieberman

— Shelli Liebman Dorfman

avid Gad-Harf, a four-year
member of
the West
Bloomfield School
District Board of
Education, has been elect-
ed to a one-year term as
board president.
Gad-Harf, executive
director of the Jewish
Community Council of
Metropolitan Detroit, also serves as chair
of the school district's legislative commit-
tee and vice chair of the newly formed
West Bloomfield Educational
Gad-Harf and his wife, Nancy, have a
son, Joshua, 22.

Diana Lieberman


In "Hadassah Installs New
Officers" (July 4, page 25), it
should have stated that Randi
Simko received the National
Leadership Award.

In "Southfield's Jewel" (July 4,
page 24), it should have stated
that Bernard Cohen and Stuart
Lebenbom are Jewish members of
the Southfield Library Board
with Eunice Rose.


Gift-Filled Work

chard Woloff, associate publisher
of the Jewish Week in New York
ity, was elected June 26 to a
two-year term as president
of the American Jewish
Press Association (AJPA),
the national group repre-
senting Jewish journalists.
He replaced Aaron Cohen, '
editor ofJUF News in
Chicago, who remains a
member of the executive
Receiving plaudits for his tenure with
the AJPA at its annual conference in Los
Angeles, Cohen called Jewish journalism
"the greatest gift I could have imagined."
"It is finding this sea of colleagues and
this ocean of passion and the ability to
dive into it with this shared sense of
wonder that has been a true gift to my
being involved in Jewish journalism,"
Cohen said.

— Robert A. Sklar

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