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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-04-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

38—Friday, April 6, 1973

Youth Invited to Israel Ulpan

provide the American teen-
agers with an opportunity to
learn about Israel first hand
and serve as informal tutors.
Last summer 48 Jewish
high school students from
Jewish centers in Detroit,
Chicago, New York, Ohio
and Pennsylvania took part
in the ulpan. Application
forms and additional informa-
tion can be secured from Mrs.
Roslyn Kriegsfeld, camping
consultant, National Jewish
Welfare Board, 15 E. 26th
the National Jewish Welfare St., New York 10010. Regis-
Board (JWB) in cooperation tration will continue through
with the American Zionist May 15.
Youth Foundation. The ul-
pan will be held at Re Ru-
tenberg, Haifa, July 1-Aug.
.
HILLEL
23.
HAPPENINGS
Designed primarily for 10th
to 12th graders who have a
By VICKI RUBIN
basic conversational ability
in modern Hebrew, the JWB
Bar and Bat Mitzva stu-
Youth Ulpan is both a study dents of the month were
tour and "live-in" experience. honored at a recent special
In addition to formal class service. This was the second
sessions based on the Habet such convocation held this
Ushma audio-visual method, year under the direction of
the program includes 10 full Hanan Weizman. Those hon-
days of touring Israel, a stay ored were Stewart Wayne,
in Jerusalem, two weekends Harvey Weiss, Susan Lefton
with an Israeli family, four and Karen Moss.
days of living on a kibutz
Officiating at the service
and excursions and attend- were Robert Schwart, Marty
ance at Hebrew theaters.
Pasternak and Steven Ber-
A feature of the program kal. Also participating were
is the Israeli "buddies" who the parents of the honored
students: Seymour Wayne,
Eugene Weiss, Dr. Victor
Moss and Harold Lefton.
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DOWN OR WOOL the The ark Torah
by Mark Owens.
Custom Made or Remade Susan Lefton gave a com•
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and Karen Moss did
the Haftora commentary.
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Quilt & Pillow Shop
Seymour Wayne gave the
four students each a beauti-
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a prayer and congratulated
them and their parents.
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Detroit Area Teens Learn of Life in Israel From 4 Young Visitors

One student wondered if partly because they speak
young Israelis have their English fluently.
brides chosen for them. An-
On their daily outings to
other asked if everyone in the schools in the area, they ad-
Holy Land is religious.
dress assemblies and classes,
These were only two of the telling what sort of lives they
misconceptions about Israel lead. But, they are called
that a quartet of Israeli teen- upon to answer other kinds
agers have been clarifying of questions, as well.
this week on their tour of
At one school, an Arab
public and private schools in youth insisted on discussing
the Detroit area.
the refugee issue and brought
The four young people are up an incident of Israeli ter-
among a group of 36 high rorism that the visitors are
school students who were sure was part of his imagin-
selected by the Israel gov- ing. And they didn't hesitate
ernment to participate in a to say so. At the same time,
people-to-people program on said Dorit, "I admit that
Israel's 2 5 t h anniversary. Jews may do bad things„
Each group of four visits two but we judge them."
cities for three weeks each.
Generally, they found,
Prior to their arrival in De- American students are
troit, the local visitors were friendly. On occasion, how-
in Cleveland.
ever, they confront a teacher
They are Itzhak Ezra, 17, who is less than sympathetic.
of Beersheba; Dorit Bar-On, The location of the school
17, and Rachel Ben-Meir, 16, doesn't matter. One South-
both of Tel Aviv; and Avner field Hi gh School teacher
Shomroni, 17, of Kibutz suggested that the Israelis
have expansionist aims; a
Barkai.
While in Detroit, the four teacher at Cass remarked
have been staying with differ- how "terrible" it was that
ent families. Raya Jackson, land was "taken from the
executive director of the De- Arabs" in 1948.
Rachel felt that one of the
troit Zionist Federation, who
has been coordinating their kindest receptions she re-
visit, declined to give a ceived was at an all-black
schedule of their activities or school in Cleveland. They
the names of their host fam- were well accepted in a Cath-
ilies. No Israeli, even a high olic school. At the same time,
school student, can be too the teachers in an Orthodox
girls school were almost ag-
cautious, she said.
The four young people, who gressive in their opposition
were strangers until they met to Israel's policy on religion.
Although the four were
for a week's orientation in
Jerusalem, were selected for briefed prior to their trip
the mission partly because ("We were told to sit straight
they are bright and outgoing, and say please and thank

you," Rachel said) they were
given a wide latitude in their
approach to questions. "We
knew everything they taught
us anyway," said Avner,
with w h a t some observers
would describe as character-
istic sabra self-assuredness.
Actually, only three of the
four are sabras. Dorit is a
fourth generation native on
her mother's side. After army
service, she plans to study
language and literature on
the university level.
Rachel, whose parents
came from Europe, is a sec-
ond-generation Israeli a n d
hopes to study political sci-
ence. Avner 's parents es-
caped from Europe during
the Holocaust; he was born
on Kibutz Barkai (Mapam).
He thinks that he will remain
on the kibutz and become a
farmer, but a university ed-
ucation is possible — after
the army.
Itzhak, who is Orthodox, is
the only non-sabra. Born in
Persia, he was brought to
Israel by his parents when
he was 5. He hopes to become
an engineer.
Although American teen-
agers 'usually reveal lack of
knowledge about Israel, the
four admitted they came with

BBYO to Walk for Israel

The Bnai Brith Youth Or-
ganization announces its
sponsorship of a Walk for
Israel April 29 to help cele-
brate the 25th anniversary
of the state of Israel.
Registration and the open-
ing ceremony for the 8 a.m.
walk will be h e 1 d outside
Federation Apartments in
Oak Park.
Since the major goal of the
walk is to raise money for
the Israel Emergency Fund,
BBYO is inviting other youth
groups to participate. Each
walker will have as many
sponsors as he can gather.
The route is laid out to
symbolically represent the
25 years of Israel's exist-
ence. Each "year" walked
will garner fdt the walker
that many times the spon-
sor's pledge. Anyone wishing

A Model Seder
at Mishkan Israel

Mishkan Israel Religious
School director Mrs. Lillian
Greenwald announces a
"Model Seder" will be held
10:30 a.m. Sunday at the
school.
One hundred children will
participate in the event that
commemorates the libera-
tion of the Jews from Egypt
over 3,500 years ago.

Interfaith Seder
Planned by USY

Beth Shalom United Syna-
gogue Youth will host mem-
bers of the Greek Orthodox
Youth Association at an inter-
faith seder 5:30 p.m. Wed-
nesday in the synagogue so-
cial hall.
GOYA is affiliated with
the Christian Eastern Ortho-
dox Church of Detroit, and
its members will be accom-
panied by the Rev. Peter C.
Remoundos.

to sponsor a walker may call
the BBYO office, 354-6100, or
get in touch with any
BBYOer. Those who wish to
walk also should contact the
BBYO office for details.

preconceived notions of their
own.
Dorit said she found that
American teen-agers are not
as open-minded as she ex-
pected. "They have funny
reactions to new ideas, like
the word socialism r e a 11
isn't understood. To them it's
like communism."
On the other hand, "I ex
pected kids to •be more
spoiled. They're not so bad,
though maybe they're a little
superficial."
It's not the visitors' pur-
pose to promote aliya, and
"we never accuse a Jew for
not coming to Israel," said
Dorit. "But of course we tell
them they w o u l d be wel-
come."

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They Made
The Grade

MARC ZUCKMAN, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Zuckman
of George Washington Ave.,
Southfield, was awarded the
William J. Branstrom Fresh-
man Prize for superior
academic achievement at the
University of Michigan hon-
ors convocation. He was an
honor student at Southfield
High School.
* * *

RISA SEARS, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Sears of
Oak Park received a superior
rating as a piano soloist in
the annual Michigan Band
and Orchestra Association
Proficiency Contest. R i s a ,
who attends Oak Park High
School, is a piano student of
Mischa Kottler.
* * *
Detroit News Scholastic
Writing Awards were won by
Oak Park students LYNN
LASKOWSKI, LISA POLK,
GARY DAVIDOFF, who re-
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