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>> cover story
With Farm Fresh closed, kosher
consumers worry about options.
Yaffa Klugerman I Special to the Jewish News
f you keep kosher, then the scene at the nearly empty
Farm Fresh Market in Oak Park the week that it closed
could have made you cry.
The remaining kosher products that once filled shelves
were discounted by 75 percent. A sign covering the kosher
wine display declared the store could no longer sell alcohol.
Chef Cari's Kosher Catering counter had packed up and
moved elsewhere (see story on page 15). The kosher chicken
and brisket that once filled the meat department had disap-
While Farm Fresh, on 10 Mile Road at Coolidge, did not
sell kosher food exclusively, it was an important part of the
Jewish community for nearly a decade. The store's location
has a long, fond history with Jewish shoppers, being the for-
mer site of the Dexter-Davison and Farmer Jack markets.
For the many kosher consumers in the area who relied on
Farm Fresh's products, news that the store would go out of
business the first week of October was cause for dismay.
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Growing enrollment leads to growing scrutiny at MJI.
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Jackie Headapohl I Managing Editor
naccuracies and misrepresentations:'
That's the response from Chabad's worldwide
college based in West Bloomfield to the New York
City-based Jewish Daily Forward's Sept. 27 report
titled "Chabad Michigan Jewish Institute May Close
After Failing To Win Accreditation:'
Although the Forward article suggests that MJI is
in imminent danger of being stripped of its accredi-
dation and ultimately closing, the school's adminis-
tration refutes this, saying it has observed all appro-
priate federal laws and regulations.
An examination of the Forward's allegations by the
Detroit Jewish News has failed to reach the same con-
clusions as the Forward about the status of MJI.
While the Forward story correctly reports that
MJI's accreditation renewal by the Accrediting
Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
(ACICS) was deferred for a second time until Dec.
13, its claims that "the school now faces closure" and
"thousands of Jewish students are at risk of losing
their student aid" cannot be taken at face value.
"That's ludicrous:' said Jan Friedman, a former
chairman of the ACICS board of directors and former
member of its Accrediting Commission for 25 years.
"Deferrals are not considered a negative action. It's
actually a 'business as usual' part of the process:'
According to Friedman, deferrals are granted when
ACICS requests more data from an institution to allow
it the time needed to gather that data. "Deferrals are
also granted when the commission made a request
that was not clearly understood by the college she
added. "The school is not in danger of closing."
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These signs on the Farm Fresh Market door in
Oak Park in September signaled the imminent
closing of the kosher-friendly grocery store.