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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-05-22

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Congregation Shaarey Zedek Presents

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Stopping Hostility

ZOA presses U-M on anti-Semitism.

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A musical concert journey, featuring selections
from the Synagogue Liturgy and the Broadway Stage.
Congregation Shaarey Zedek's Hazzan David Propis
will be joined by
the incredible Cantor Alisa Pomerantz-Boro,
dazzling Cantorial soloist Shira Fox,
the witty Cantor Hershel Fox,
and the Chris Harden Trio.

ADMISSION
Gold Patron $236

Premium seating, admission to the Artists' Reception
ollowing
the performance, and Patron names will appear
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in the event program and Jewish News ads.

Silver Patron $136

Shaarey Zedek Member

Non-Member $18

Your household pets can
be Broadway stars! $100

For reservations and information, contact Tobye Bello
at 248.357.5544 or tbellogshaareyzedek.org .

SHAAREY ZEDEK

Generation to Generation

DETROIT
JEWISH NEW

30 May 22 • 2014

27375 B,1 Road
Southfield, Michigan 48034

248.357.5544
www.shunreyeedekolg
info@shanreyudeluorg

Chabad Lawsuit

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Appeals court hears
arguments in Torah
Center case.

Free of charge, but tickets are required.

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U M Letter

ZOA received a response from Timothy G.
Lynch, U-M's vice president and general

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n the aftermath of the disruptive, but
failed bid by pro-Palestinian students
at the University of Michigan to per-
suade the Central Student Government on
March 25 to approve a resolution demand-
ing the university divest from companies
that "profit from and facilitate the Israeli
occupation:' the Zionist Organization of
America has written U-M with demands of
its own on behalf of Jewish students.
On April 4, ZOA President Morton Klein
and legal director Susan Tuchman wrote
U-M President Mary Sue Coleman warn-
ing that anti-Jewish actions by supporters
of the pro-Palestinian student group SAFE
had created a campus environment of anti-
Semitism. The letter told of students feel-
ing harassed and threatened and epithets
hurled like "kike" and "dirty Jew:' The letter
warned that the university would be in vio-
lation of Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act
of 1964 if it did not remedy the situation.
U-M replied on April 16 and the ZOA
posted its own response of April 24 on
pages 10-11 of the May 8 JN. In that letter,
the ZOA stated that the university "did not
address any of the concerns we raised:'

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he lawsuit by Oak Park-based
Chabad of Michigan against the
Sara and Morris Bais Chabad
Torah Center of West Bloomfield continues
in the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Oral arguments were heard before a
three-judge panel in Lansing on May 13. A

counsel, dated May 14. In the letter, the
university said it received 22 "concerns"
from students at the time of the divestment
protests, seven of them from "individuals
who felt targeted based on their Jewish
identity"
U-M stated in the letter that its Bias
Response Team and Division of Student
Life have been "actively engaged to assist in
resolving concerns." Its officials have had
"extensive and ongoing work" with Jewish
students within Hillel and other Jewish stu-
dents who reached out to the university.
The U-M letter also said its dean of stu-
dents and assistant dean of students attend-
ed two meetings on March 21 where Jewish
students expressed concerns. Some students
"were referred to the Bias Response Team,
the campus or Ann Arbor police depart-
ment and the Office of Student Conflict
Resolution:"
The Bias Response Team also reached out
to the identified students to offer resources
and support The dean of students also met
with a group of Jewish parents.
U-M said the vice president for student
life and dean of students met with Jewish
student leaders on April 7. At that meeting,
the university said the students "expressed
hope for emerging opportunities for mean-
ingful campus dialogue" and "approaches to
find common ground and move forward in
a mutually respectful manner."
U-M said its director of the office of

decision could be rendered in as soon as a
few weeks.
Chabad of Michigan, the organizational
head of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement
in the state, sued the Torah Center seeking
the deed to its building to enforce a rab-
binic ruling exerting its hierarchal authority
over what it viewed as a renegade congre-
gation. The Torah Center claimed that it
is a financially independent congregation,
consistent with the expressed views of the
late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel
Schneerson.
On Aug. 15, 2012, the Oakland County
Circuit Court dismissed Chabad of
Michigan's lawsuit, claiming that it was filed
too late, in violation of the state's statute of

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