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September 29, 1978 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-09-29

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Ann Arbor's Beth Israel Congregation
to Move Into New Quarters on Rosh Hashana

Beth Israel Congregation
of Ann Arbor will consec-
rate its new synagogue

building Sunday, beginning
with a Torah procession
from its current site, the
Bnai Brith Hillel Founda-
tion, 1429 Hill St. The new
building is located at 2000
The new synagogue con-
tains a sanctuary with a
permanent seating capacity
of 250, an expansion seating
area, a social hall with ad-
joining kitchen, offices, li-
brary, 13 classrooms, school
offices, a children's library,
-youth lounge and small

Jewish community
statistics .. .

chapel. The Hebrew Day
School of Ann Arbor also
will be based in the new


Following the Torah
procession, a consecra-
tion service will be held,
immediately followed by
Erev Rosh Hashana serv-

The school wing will not
be completed until October
at which time there will be a
ptiblic dedication and open

Rabbinic College Dean Due
Here for Vaad Assembly

Rabbi Shlomo Freifeld,
dean of the Sh'or Yoshuv
Rabbinical College and In-
stitute of Jewish Studies,
will be the guest speaker for
the annual Teshuva As-
sembly sponsored by the
Council of Orthodox Rabbis
Vaad Harabonim, held
between Rosh Hashana and
Yom Kippur.
The assembly will take



6160 CASS AVE.
TR 5-0300





1457 Griswold

Will hold High Holiday services at the Veterans .
Memorial Building, 151 W. Jefferson.

Sunday evening, Oct. 1
Monday, Oct. 2

- Tuesday, Oct. 3

6 .30 P.M.
8 .30 A.M.
6:10 P.M...
8:30 A.M.

Tuesday evening, Oct. 10
6:30 P.M.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
9 .30 A.M.
Wednesday, Oct. 11 (YIZKOR) ...12:30 P.M.
We wish . everyone a _Happy, Healthy and

Joyous New Year.

Noah M. Gamze, Rabbi,




(Chesed Shel Emes)

26640 Greenfield Road
Oak Park, Michigan_

Extend their best wishes fora Happy and Prosper-
ous New Year to all Their Members, Synagogues,
Organizations and Greater Detroit Jewry.

Meyer I. Cooper

Edward Miller


Cemetery Chairman

Leo B. Furst &
Paul Jacobs

Harry E. Citrin


Honorary President

Morris Dorn

Rabbi Israel I. Rockove

Norman Blake

Rabbi Henry L. Goldschlag



Louis P. Topor
Jerome G. Friedman
Sanford L. Wolok


Executive Director

Cemetery Administrator

Nathan Wolok

Assistant Director

Friday, September 29, 1918 43

place 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at Cong.
Devid Ben Nuchim.
Ordained at the Yeshiva
Chaim Berlin, Rabbi
Freifeld held pulpits in
Chicago, New York and To-
ronto. He founded the Sh'or
Yoshuv Institute in 1970.

Heads Deny
Charges of

Mr. and Mrs. 011ie Head
of the Oak Park 'Gardens
Apts. on James, near Green-
field, issued a statement
last week denying charges
of -anti-Semitism that were
published following a sum-
mer incident in which Mr.
- Head was accused of beat-
ing a resident of the apart--
Mrs. Head is resident
manager of the apartinents
and her husband was placed
on six months' probation
_.and fined $100 following the
The Heads stated that the
owners of Oak Park Gar-
dens are Jewish (Hartman
& Tyner), Head's attorney is
Jewish, and most of the ten=
nants in the apartments are
Mrs. Head said, "We've
been here six years and we
would not be here if we were

Reznik to Officiate

S. A. Reznik will conduct
Shahrit services at the
Jewish Home for the Aged,
Borman Hall, on Rosh
Hashana and Yom Kippur.
Reznik has acted as hazan
at the Home for the Aged
and in several Michigan
communities in recent
years, as a lay cantor.

Better a chicken in the
hand than an eagle in the

Note: We received many replies from young
people to last week's ad ( in which some 'com-
munity leaders and parentS tried to show how
they had done their best in providing a Jewish
education and background for their children).
Some of them were couched in language too
vehement to print. The following are a selection
of the more controlled remarks:

.. You say you built a Jewish Community
Center for youth. Indeed, you did. But in which
way was it different than the Southfield Com-
munity Center? My friends and I would play
squash and racquetball, hang around with the
girls a little — but what was Jewish about it? . .

". . . I used to like Afternoon School. We had a
pretty interesting Israeli teacher. He taught me
to speak a good Hebrew. But afterwards I ma-
tured intellectually and _ looked for a deeper
meaning in life. "Abbe" and "Emma" and all the
cute Hebrew phrases just didn't match up to the
kind of sincerity, devotion and profound mystic
world-outlook I found with the Guru on campus.
In Hebrew School we hardly ever heard about
spiritual values, the soul, a Messiah, life after
death, reincarnation or similar topics. If they
were ever mentioned as "Jewish beliefs" it was
always obvious that the teacher did not believe
in them. Now they tell me that these ideas are
found in intensity and depth within Judaism.
Too bad, perhaps if I would have met up with
them the first time . . ."

. .. As soon as I told my mother I was going
with a gentile girl she went absolutely haywire.
I'd never seen her quite so upset. I told her I
never knew she was so religious, I never saw
any religion in our home, like Kosher diet or
going to Shul or stuff like that. She was stymied
and at a loss to answer. She said that indeed
she wasn't religious, and she didn't mind most
of the things I did or the friends I had, but the
one thing she could not take was that I should
marry "out." Maybe she understood it, I never
did. She and dad had always said that being a
Jew meant to be a good person, to be kind and

honest and compassionate, and that's exactly
the kind of person my girlfriend is! So how on
earth am I to understand the difference? . . ."

". .. My answer to my parents and to the com-
munity leaders is this: Yes, you sent me to
Sunday School. But what did that have to do
with religion? I used to see our teacher go into
McDonalds on the way home from the School.
What kind of impression do you think that made
on me about the sincerity of it all? . . ."

". . . My question was not 'Who is a Jew?' but
'What is a Jew?' I went to a fairly religious
synagogue school. They kept on emphasizing
the values of Shabbos, Tefillin and other rituals.
But my folks just didn't - keep all that at home so I
dropped out of it too. I thought that I would , pick
it up again in later years when I would marry.
But you knoW how it is; I got involved in the
business world, I have had no spare time and
. . that's the way it remained . . ."

". . One of the parents wrote in your ad last
week that they mode a grand Bar Mitzva for
their son. That sounds just like my parents. My
Bar Mitzva was fantastic. The party was in
Raleigh House and I remember the shrimp
cocktail was delicious. Did I enjoy the Bar
Mitzva? Sure! For a thirteen-year-old it was a
great bash. But I was no fool. I knew it had
nothing to do with Jewishness, and when the
Rabbi was telling me in her sermon some pious
nonsense about being a "full-fledged Jew" etc.
I knew it was a farce. (I'm surprised that I still
feel so bitter about it today.) But what really
"gets my goat" is this: Later on in the 60's I
dropped out of school for a while and joined the
Hippies. I 'was struggling with many internal
conflicts about my identity, purpose in life, etc.
It was then that my parents started laying on me
the old "Honor-your-father-and-mother" rap.
How come they conveniently picked on just that
one commandment? If they were so hot about
the Ten CommandmenTS why didn't they keep
all of them -- including the Sabbath, honesty in
business, not coveting. another's belongings
and all the rest?! . . ."

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