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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-07-26

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
22—Friday, July 26, 1974

Lunch to Honor
the Dorfmans
Prior to Aliya

MR. AND MRS. DORFMAN

Cong. Mishkan Israel Nu-
sach H'Ari Lubavitcher Cen-
ter will host a farewell re-
ception 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1. in
' honor of Moshe and Malka
Dorfman of Kenwood Ave.,
Oak Park.
" The Dorfmans, longtime
members of the congregation,
will settle with their daugh-
ter Toiva in their new home
in Gan Yehuda near Tel
Aviv. They have two other
daughters, Mrs. Paul Gritt
and Mrs. Gary Galin, and
a son, Henry.
For information on ,the
reception, call the center,
548-2666.

Lectures on Coping
With Problems Set

Rabbi Sherwin Wine will
discuss three ways of coping
with personal problems in a
series of Friday night talks
at Birmingham Temple. He
will speak on "Transactional
Analysis—Is It More Than
Faddish?" Aug. 2; " T h e
Primal Scream — Is It Good
for You?" Aug. 9 and "Mind
Control — How Humanistic?"
Aug. 16. The public is invited
to attend the 8:30 p.m. lec-
tures.

Lubavitcher 'Students Take Mitzva Campaign Throughout State

Armed with what one rabbi
called "the Rebbe's spiritual
adrenalin," two young stu-
dents from the Lubavitcher
Center in Brooklyn are
carrying the message of
Torah throughout Michigan.
An annual campaign en-
couraged by Rabbi Mena-
chem M. Schneerson, the
Lubavitcher Rebbe, the "mis-
sion" into small communities
is an effort to acquaint Jews
with the commandments, ac-
cording to the two young
men who are stationed here
for three weeks.
Joseph Isaac Pevzner,
21, and Mendel Okunov, 22,
will go from the Detroit
'suburbs to the upper tip of
Lower Michigan, and even in-
to the Upper Peninsula, in
search of Jews. They are one
of 100 pairs of students who
will spend three or four
weeks in the program.
"You would be surprised
at how the Rebbe's power
reaches into the smallest
community," said Pevzner,
a veteran of three summer
"campaigns." Last year,
when he was in New Orleans,
a Lubavitcher follower in
Jackson, Miss., asked Pevz-
ner and his partner to come
down for a visit. Their host
showed them his prized pos-
session: a letter from the
Rebbe.
For Okunov, a native of
Samarkand, this mission is
a unique experience, but one
he can well understand: he,
too, came from an isolated
Jewish community. His was
one of 100 Lubavitcher fami-
lies who made their way
from Samarkand to Israel in
the past four years.. His
father and sister live in Lod,
where a large group of
Lubavitcher Soviet Jews has
settled; when he has com-
pleted his seminary studies,
he plans to return there.

1.11• ■■••■■■ •,....

SYNAGOGUE

SERVICES

(Tisha b'Av services will be observed Saturday evening
and Sunday morning at local synagogues.)
TEMPLE BETH EL: Services 5:30 p.m. today and 11. a.m.
Saturday. Rabbi Hertz will speak on "The Power of
_ Faith."
CONG. BNAI MOSHE: Services 7 p.m. today and 8:45 a.m.
Saturday. Rabbi Lehrman will speak on "To Pray and
to Do."
TEMPLE ISRAEL: Services 8:30 p.m. today. Rabbi Fram
will speak on "Adventure in Berlin." Services 11 a.m.
Saturday.
CONG. BNAI ISRAEL of Pontiac: Services 7:30 p.m. today
and '7:30 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Berman will speak on
"Is Tisha WANT Relevant in Contemporary Society?"
YOUNG ISRAEL OF GREENFIELD: Services 7:15 p.m.
today and 9 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Sperka will speak on
"Why Destruction?"
CONG. MISHKAN ISRAEL: Services 9 p.m. today and 9
a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Gottlieb will speak on "Seeing Is
Believing."

Mendel Okunov, left, and
Joseph Isaac Pevzner, two
students from Brooklyn's
Lubavitcher seminary, are
en route to Michigan com-
munities to bring the Luba-
vitchers' message of Torah.
Okunov holds a photograph
of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
*' *
While Okunov's parents
had tried to make aliya as
long ago as 40 years, it was
impossible to do so until re-
cently, he said. Nevertheless,
because of the closeness of
the small community of
Lubavitcher adherents, spiri-
tual life was not poor. His
own experience as a Sovet
Jew has a special appeal to
the new community of Rus-
sian immigrants in the De-
troit area.
Okunov and Pevzner be-
lieve that no matter how far-
flung the Jewish community,
"Torah and mitzvos unite us.
The Rebbe says there's no
such thing as 'Orthodox,
Conservative and Reform.
We're all Jews.' "
They have been based, so
far, in Detroit suburbs (on
Sunday, they spent four
hours at the Oak Park Muni-
cipal Park, showing how to
lay tefillin and distributing

literature). For the next two
weeks, they will go further
afield.
Pevzner said they are well
received in small communi-
ties, where the local rabbi
usually is their "contact
man" with the Jewish popu-
lace. "Actually, the smaller
communities are very nice
to us," said Pevzner. "They
are happy to see another
Jew."
Their mission comes dur-
ing the intensive "mitzva
campaign" launched by the
Lubavitcher R e b b e. The
campaign calls for adher-
ence to five mitzvot, includ-
ing the mounting of appro-
priate mezuzot on every
doorpOst, for daily reading
from -the holy books and for
the laying of tefillin. On
their visits into Jewish
homes, the two young men
check' out the mezuzot and,
if necessary, mount new ones
they carry with them.
Rabbi Dovid Segal of the
Mishkan Israel Lubavitcher
Center said, "Most people
think if you're a Jew at
heart, that's enough. These
young people bring the mes:
sage that belief must be
strengthened by practice."

Rabbi Segal said the Luba-
vitcher movement has been
felt in many unexpected
areas. "During the (Yom
Kippur) war, the Israel army
let us set up a printing press
.on the other side of the Suez
Canal. Then we could say
that• we had been victorious
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MDA Aid Station
Opens in Tiberias

TEL AVIV—The new Ti-
berias First Aid Station of
Magen David Adorn, Israel's
emergency medical health
and disaster service, was re-
cently dedicated in memory
of the sons of Tiberias who
fell in the wars of Israel.
The building, located . in
the town center near the
shore of Lake Kinneret, will
serve the 30,000 residents,
thousands of villagers in the
Jordan Valley, Lower Galilee
and southern area of the
Golan Heights. The station
also will cater to the emer-
gency medical needs of tour-
ists.

Beth Achim Plans
Tisha b'Av Service

The Fast of the Ninth of
Av (Tisha b'Av), which be-
gins Saturday evening, will
be marked by the recitation
of the Book of Lamentations
and special liturgical selec-
tions at Beth Achim Syna-
CONG. BNAI DAVID: Services 6:30 p.m. today and 8:30 gogue. The community is in-
vited to the services 9:30
a.m. Saturday. Craig Dash, Bar Mitzva.
Regular services will be held at Adat Shalom Synagogue, p.m. Saturday and 8:15 a.m.
Cong. Shaarey Shomayim, Temple Kol Ami, Cong. Beth Sunday.
Achim, Cong. Shaarey Zedek, Livonia Jewish Congregation,
Cong. Beth Abraham-Hillel, Cong. Beth Moses, Birmingham
Temple, Temple Emanu-El, Cong. Beth Shalom, Temple Synagogue Restored
BONN (JTA) — After res-
Beth Jacob of Pontiac, Young Israel of Oak-Woods, Cong.
Bnai Jacob,- Beth Jacob-Mogain Abraham; Cong. Beth toration work lasting three
Isaac of Trenton, Young Israel of Southfield (27705 Lah'ser), years, the synagogue in
Bnai Israel-Beth Yehudah, Downtown Synagogue, Cong. Celle, which was built in
Shomrey Emunah, Cong. Beth Tefilo Emanuel Tikva and 1740, has been rededicated.
Shomer Israel, 13430 W. Seven Mile.
It was bought by the Jewish
Minyan will be held at 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thurs- community several years ago
day and 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Temple Israel. A daily minyan to save it from decay. It is
and Sabbath services are held at Temple Beth El and 117376 the oldest synagogue in north
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