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2011-2012 Board of Directors Slate
Immediate Past President
Rabbi Leiby Burnham
Jenny Glass Jay Hack Adam Orley Emily Pomish Hy Safran
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,
email@example.com or online at jewishdetroit.org/YAD
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YOUNG ADULT DIVISION
Why I Walk for
Simpson Calls For
(JTA) — Former Sen. Alan Simpson
has asked President Obama to
commute convicted spy Jonathan
Pollard's sentence to time served.
tor from Wyoming
from 1979 to
1997, who was
Obama as co-chair
of the National
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
Current and former U.S. lawmak-
ers and government officials have
called on Obama in recent weeks to
grant clemency to Pollard.
Policy To Holocaust
WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Rep.
Michele Bachmann in a speech
linked the fallout from current U.S.
economic policy to the Holocaust.
ing to about 200
30 at the We the
People First in the
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
SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — Jewish
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
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.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — More
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
The poll of 500 respondents had
a margin of error of 4.5 percent.
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