Increasing The Line
State boosts budget appropriation
to Jewish social services.
in Michigan. The Jewish community
was added in 2003, with $250,000.
"In five years, the Jewish Federation
he Jewish community
has been the recipient of $3.320 mil-
received a $990,000 appropri- lion from the state's multicultural
ation — a $200,000 increase
line said Michael Eizelman, chair
from last year — from the State of
of Federation's Multicultural Grant
Michigan to directly aid those with
Committee. "The entire amount is
given directly to the Jewish
communal agencies to
2007 State of Michigan
enable them to continue to
serve these populations."
Multicultural Line Allocations
Eizelman credited the
work of Dennis Bernard and
Evan Weiner, chairs of the
Committee, in securing the
Norm Keane, JFS execu-
JVS w/ JHAS
director, said the money
JHAS — Holocaust Program
is crucial. "For us, it does
not mean an expansion of
services; it helps us maintain
because of loss of dollars in other
and people at
areas:' he said.
JFS received $330,400 or 4.5 percent
The appropri- of its total operating budget, Keane
said, "for support services for the frail
on the multicul- elderly, for people for mental health
tural line of the
services who don't have third-party
fiscal year 2007
"This is huge," Bernard said. "If you
The grant was
think about it, we get all excited when
a corporation gives us a $100,000 gift
the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
or something — $1 million a year is
Detroit and United Jewish Foundation
equivalent to a $20 million endow-
board meeting on Oct 19.
ment, and it's growing.
Recipient agencies are Jewish Family
"In a state with cuts in revenues, our
Service, JVS, Jewish Home & Aging
agencies are actually getting increases
in funding:' he said. "And it's because
we have great agencies. We do great
The recipe for success in getting the
increase involves a unified pitch to leg-
tural line was
islators, said Bernard of Birmingham.
created in 1993
"Instead of having all our agencies call
to help state
on Lansing, we have one message, one
set of agendas; we have one written
with the mental
priority, and we have been very effec-
health issues of
tive in moving that up over the last
several years, from $500,000 to almost
Chinese-American, American Indian
Bernard and Weiner are co-chairs
and Arab-American populations living
of the Jewish Agency Political Action
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