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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-04-05

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Mr. Ambassador!

Israel's Michael Oren to address Jewish
Council for Public Affairs' Detroit confab.

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Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., will be the keynote speaker at
the JCPA Plenum.


ichael Oren, Israel's ambas-
sador to the U.S., will speak
in Detroit on May 6 at the
2012 JCPA Plenum, the Jewish Council
for Public Affairs' annual policy confer-
ence at the Marriott Renaissance Center.
This will be the first time in decades
that an Israeli ambassador to this coun-
try visits Detroit and the first time the
JCPA holds the Plenum in the city.
The JCPA is the national umbrella
Dr. Conrad Giles, outgoing chair of
for 125 local Jewish community
the JCPA, will be honored at the
relations councils and 14 national
agencies including Anti-Defamation
League, American Jewish Committee,
Federation's Government Relations
Hadassah, National Council of Jewish
Oversight Committee, along with
Women, Women's American ORT and
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.
all the synagogue movements. Some
"We are coming to Detroit not only
400 Jewish community lay and profes- to honor the remarkable service of
sional leaders are expected to attend.
our outgoing chair, Conrad Giles, but
Other distinguished speakers sched-
also because we care profoundly about
uled for the conference include Brandeis Detroit and its present economic situ-
Professor Jonathan Sarna, who is also
ation," said JCPA President Rabbi Steve
chief historian of Philadelphia's National Gutow.
Museum of American Jewish History;
"The economic downturn has been
Nancy Kaufman, executive director of
particularly deleterious to this great city;
the-National Council of Jewish Women;
and helping to bring Detroit back is of
Ruth Messinger, president of American
considerable concern to the American
Jewish World Service; and Rabbi Eric
Jewish community and to Detroit's
Yoffie, immediate past president of the
Jewish community. We want be part of
Union for Reform Judaism.
the effort to move Detroit forward."
One day of the Detroit conference
The Plenum will take place May
will be devoted to Israel and overseas
5-8 at the Renaissance Center. Jewish
issues, and another to domestic issues
community members are strongly
including poverty, the economy, inter-
encouraged to attend, and specially
group relations, immigration reform
discounted conference rates have been
and civil liberties. For the first time
set for people from Detroit, Toledo and
this year, the Plenum agenda will
Windsor as well as for students.
include interfaith community service
A corps of volunteers is being
for the morning of the third day.
recruited to welcome and assist the
A gala event during the Plenum will
conference participants. For more
be the Chair's Dinner Monday evening
information about the JCPA Plenum
at the Detroit Institute of Arts honor-
or serving as a volunteer host, contact
ing Detroit Jewish leaders Dr. Conrad
the JCRC office at (248) 642-5393 or
L. Giles, outgoing chair of JCPA, and
via email, council@jfmd.org . Register
Mark Davidoff, co-chair of the Jewish
online at Detroit.jcrc.org .





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