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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-05-05

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Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Roundup from page 5

?f, Ad It Division

2011-2012 Board of Directors Slate

Josh Levine

Marty Maddin

Immediate Past President
Ilana Liss

Rabbi Leiby Burnham
Jeremy Crane

Steve Migliore
Michele Rosenblum

Alexis Schostak
Rachel Wright

Executive Committee
Jenny Glass Jay Hack Adam Orley Emily Pomish Hy Safran


Jeff Aronoff
Ilana Block
Sara Bloomberg
Leah Bold
Jason Brooks
Greg Glickfield
Bonnie Globerman
Eric Globerman
Jared Goldman
Sarah Hegger

Jason Hittleman
David Kramer
Lindsey Maddin
Julie Marx
Brett Koretzky
Brandon Pomish
Matt Ran
Emily Reetz
Abby Reiss
Nina Rosenblum

Phil Rubin
Kelli Saperstein
Jodi Satovsky
Aaron Scheinfield
Bryan Schon
Mallory Seide
Jessica Sterling
Lowell Weiss
Jordan Wertheimer
Raphael Yechieli

The election and installation of new officers and board members will occur on

Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Marcie and Rob Orley, in

addition to the presentation of the Mark Family Young Leadership Award to Rachel Wright
RSVP by May 25 to Jessica Goodwin at (248) 203-1470,
goodwin@jfmd.org or online at jewishdetroit.org/YAD

JJ of Federation
Metropolitan Detroit




Why I Walk for

Simpson Calls For
Pollard Clemency
(JTA) — Former Sen. Alan Simpson
has asked President Obama to
commute convicted spy Jonathan
Pollard's sentence to time served.
Simpson, a
Republican sena-
tor from Wyoming
from 1979 to
1997, who was
appointed by
Obama as co-chair
of the National
on Fiscal
Responsibility and
Reform, sent a letter last week to
"I do not condone espionage, nor
do I underestimate the gravity of
Pollard's crime the letter said. "But it
is patently clear that Mr. Pollard's sen-
tence is severely disproportionate and
(as several federal judges have noted)
a gross miscarriage of justice'
The letter notes that Pollard is
serving the 26th year of a life sen-
tence after being indicted on one
count of passing classified informa-
tion to an ally (Israel) without intent
to harm the United States — an
offense that usually brings up to a
four-year sentence.
Current and former U.S. lawmak-
ers and government officials have
called on Obama in recent weeks to
grant clemency to Pollard.

Lawmaker Links
Policy To Holocaust
Michele Bachmann in a speech
linked the fallout from current U.S.
economic policy to the Holocaust.
(R-Minn.), speak-
ing to about 200
New Hampshire
Republicans April
30 at the We the
People First in the
Nation Freedom
Forum, recalled
the Holocaust and
being shocked that
only after World War II did most
Americans learn about the system-
atic killing of 6 million Jews.
She said the next generation of
Americans will ask its elders what
they did to prevent the shifting of
the tax burden to them, just as her
generation asked their parents what
they did to prevent the premeditated
murder of Europe's Jews.

"The world needs a place like Israel -- a place of

honesty, history, openness and culture. Being in Israel means

connecting with my ancestry physically and emotionally.

I am going to Walk for Israel because I want to show the

community how much I care; I'll even run!"

-Freya Gothelf, Frankel Jewish Academy, Class of 2012

For more information, please visit www.walkforisrael.org

Jews Aiding
Tornado Victims
groups are mobilizing assistance in
areas of the U.S. Southeast struck by
devastating tornadoes last week.
The Birmingham Jewish
Federation in Alabama has opened
a Tornado Recovery Fund to raise
money for victims of the storms and
tornadoes, which struck April 27 and
continued into the next morning.
The federation is coordinating
a community relief effort with the
United Way of Central Alabama
focusing on the Birmingham region,
which was particularly hard hit.
Hundreds of homes were destroyed,
and more than a million homes and
buildings were without power as of
April 29.
Knesset Israel Congregation of
Birmingham held a communal meal
on the evening of April 28 and was
planning to do the same over Shabbat
to aid those without electricity. The
congregation's rabbi, Eytan Yammer,
is using his discretionary funds to
help in the relief effort.
More than 300 people were killed
in six states; two-thirds of the victims
were from Alabama. So far, no Jewish
deaths or injuries have been reported.

Israelis Favor
Palestinian State
Israelis favor recognizing a
Palestinian state than not, and
a majority want Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to
launch a major peace initiative, a
new poll shows.
Asked whether Israel should
join in international recognition of
Palestine should the matter come
to a U.N. vote in September, as the
Palestinian Authority hopes, 48
percent of respondents said Israel
should "recognize a Palestinian
state, while keeping the settlement
blocs:' according to a poll published
last Friday by Israel's daily Yediot
Achronot, while 41 percent "oppose
this also at the price of directly
confronting the U.N."
Asked whether Netanyahu, who
will address Congress in late May,
should present a peace initiative of
his own, 53 percent responded that
he "should present a diplomatic
initiative to end the conflict, which
will include significant conces-
sions," while 42 percent said he
should not.
The poll of 500 respondents had
a margin of error of 4.5 percent.


Roundup on page 8


May 5 2011

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