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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-04-02

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Legisative
Update

In Israel,

Sara and Miriam have lived in
the Negev desert all their lives.

But without water,
their children may not be so lucky.

For Sara and Miriam, Israel is home. Their parents
settled in the Negev over 30 years ago. Sara and Miriam
know everything there is about this region. Except for one
thing. How can they continue living here without water?
A 12 year drought has ravaged Israel, especially the Negev.
Unless water is provided soon, Sara, Miriam and young
people like them will not be able to call it home much longer.
Jewish National Fund has pledged to build 75 life-
sustaining reservoirs throughout Israel and the Negev,
so young families can continue calling Israel home for

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generations to come. They are the future of Israel. And they

need your help now.
JNF has been the caretaker of the land of Israel on
behalf of Jewish people everywhere for over a century. JNF's
water projects have significantly increased Israel's water
resources through reservoir and dam construction, river
rehabilitation, water conservation arid recycling. BUt much
more still needs to be done. We can do it. All we need is
for you to do your part. Please give generously. Together,
we can make the desert bloom and our people flourish.

To donate, call your local JNF office at 1-888-JNF-0099 or visit www.jnf.org .

Or mail your contribution to: JNF, Israel Forever Campaign, 42 East 69th St., New York, NY 10021

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JEWISH
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❑ Please send me information about including JNF in my will.
❑ I:lease designate my donation to JNF's critical water projects in Israel.

Contributions are tax-deductible.

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ens. Liz Brater, D-Ann
Arbor, and Gilda Jacobs, D-

Huntington Woods, were the
only two senators to vote
against a resolution that urged the U.
S. Supreme Court to reconsider a
lower court decision that the phrase
"under God" in the Pledge of
Allegiance was unconstitutional.
"My opposition had nothing to do
with my personal beliefs in God," said
Sen. Jacobs. "Rather, I was troubled
by the idea that the state Senate
would send the U.S. Supreme Court a
document containing the religious
beliefs of some members of the cham-
ber."
Sen. Brater said that faith was a very
personal matter and should not be
legislated.
"The United States of America was
founded on the premise that we have
freedom of religion and that we have
separation of church and state," she
said.
Sen. Burton Leland, D-Detroit,
voted for the resolution, stating, "I
have no problem in supporting some-
thing that make reference to God."
He, however, went on to state on
the floor of the Senate that, 'As a
member of the Jewish persuasion,
with my two other colleagues here in
the Senate, I would also appreciate
that when we do the invocation in the
morning before session, that we would
be a little more sensitive to folks in
this chamber who aren't of the
Christian belief."
• Rep. Steve Tobocman, D-Detroit,
was instrumental in landmark con-
sumer protection legislation for immi-
grants passing the state House.
The Michigan Immigration Clerical
Act would protect immigrants who,
because of language barriers and lack
of familiarity with U.S. laws and cus-
toms, are often victims of consumer
fraud.
If enacted into law, Tobocman's bill
will regulate immigration clerical assis-
tants and create penalties for abuse.
• Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm
recently issued two executive orders
echoing legislation introduced by Rep.
Andy Meisner, D-Ferndale. Meisner's
bill adtlresses the concern that
Michigan jobs and tax dollars are
being shipped overseas. The governor's
directives require that the Department
or anagement and Budget take into

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