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March 25, 1983 - Image 85

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-03-25

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Center Sports Highlighted,
Spring Activities to Begin


`Quiz-Cube' Acclaimed a 'Pathfinder' to
Jewish Knowledge in 18 Cities, 12 States

"Quiz Cube" is a new
symbol for the advancement
of Jewish educational
needs, now claiming the
interest of tens of thousands
in 1 8 American com-
munities in 12 states.
Simply defined, the
"Quiz-Cube" is resort to the
computer to provide knowl-
edge in every conceivable
sphere of Jewish learning
and historic experience.
It is a computerized game
that was introduced in the
Jewish Community Center
of Metropolitan Detroit by
its former executive direc-
tor, Irwin I. Shaw.
Shaw commenced with
a challenge. Installing
the first such computer in
the Detroit center, it
began to attract crowds.
Young and old were
enraptured. They began
to play the game by tackl-
ing the many questions
It is the Jewh univer-
sality of it that created the
sensation of a simple
method that made the com-
puter the symbol of teach-
ing and learning, jointly
serving an undeniable need
in Jewish life: that of keep-
ing the game's participants
fully informed about many
issues and historical occur-
Many topics have already
been tackled, and in the de-
veloping stages many more
are anticipated.
Ten major categories
have already been covered
in the subjects provided for
discussion. They include the
Bible and the Talmud, reli-
kion and holidayS, Jews in
American history, Israel,
Jews of many lands, Jewish
personalities, Jews in the
arts and sciences, Jewish
institutions, Jewish agen-
cies and organizations , and
words of wisdom.
In the latter category,
for example, the quizzed
are tested for knowledge
in the Pirke Avot,
Tzedaka, as well as
noteworthy books and-
famous sayings in Jewish
lore and folklore.


Hilda Reed, left, and Molly Pitzak, center, take
instruction from Regina Weiss on alterations and
wardrobe up-grading at the Jimmy Prentis Morris
Branch of the Jewish Community Center. A new class
for men and women on alterations will begin 10 a.m.
April 12 in room 12 of the Morris Branch. Admission is
free to Center members. For details, call the Morris
Branch, 967-4030.

The Jewish Community
Center Stars, who will com-
pete- in the 1984 North
American Youth Maccabi
Games to be hosted by the
Jewish Community Center
of Metropolitan Detroit,
will begin spring training
4:30 p.m. April 11 at the
main Center.
Practices are scheduled
for 4:30 p.m. Mondays
through Thursdays, with
swim meets to be held on
weekends. The session will
last 10 weeks. There is a fee.
The JCCenter Stars are ,
members of the U.S. Swim-
ming Association.
For information, call
Bob Smith or Brian King
at the Aquatic Depart-
ment of the Center, 661-
1000, ext. 209.
The Center's Honey Be-
rris Memorial Adult Men's
Basketball League crowned
a new champion, March 8 as
the Hoosiers defeated the Il-
lini 47-37. The Hoosiers,
captained by Roger Lesser,
relied on the outside shoot-
ing of Steve Lesser (14
points) and Jerry Cohen (9
points) and the inside re-
bounding and scoring of
Steve Rosen (11 points).

The Illini were paced by
Nate Kerner (12 points).
Other members of the
Hoosiers were Randy Gol-
den, Walter Stewart and
Jeff Ehrlich. The Illini were
captained by Richard
Stober and in addition to
Kerner, were comprised of
Gary Yashinsky, Steve
Feldman, Norman Bolton,
Dave Bonadad and Tome
The winning team was
awarded the Honey Berris
Champion's Trophy.

* * *
Center to Host
"Spring Days"
The. Jewish Community
Center will host "spring
days" for children in kin-
dergarten through sixth
grade 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
April 6-8 at the main Center
The three days will in-
clude crafts, sports and
skating. Free transporta-
tion is available from the
Jimmy Prentis Morris
Branch. Reservation dead-
line is Thursday.
For an application, call
the Center, 661-1000, ext.

* * *

CSO Hosts Cellist, Flutist

Marcy Chanteaux, assis-
tant principal cellist of the
Detroit Symphony Or-
chestra, and Shaul Ben-
Meir, flutist with the DSO,
will be soloists with the
Center Symphony Or::
chestra under the direction
of Julius Chajes at 3:30 p.m.
April 10 in the Aaron
DeRoy Studio Theater of the
main Jewish Community
Ms. Chanteaux studied at
the Cleveland Institute of
Music. Her first profes-
sional engagement was



with the National Sym-
phony Orchestra in Wash-
ington, D.C. She has been
with the DSO for the past
nine years. She will perform
Julius Chajes' Cello Con-
Ben-Meir grew up in a
kibutz in Israel, studied in
London, England and in
Paris with Jean-Pierre
Rampal. He has been a fre-
quent soloist with the CSO.
He will perform Mozart's
Flute Concerto in D Major.
For reservation and in-
formation, call the Center,
661-1000, ext. 164.

Friday, March 25, 1983 85

Here is how this
"machine" operates: Ten
questions per quiz are
played out for one or two
players who have the oppor-
tunity to play each question
until the proper answer is
arrived at. Points of merit
are assigned to the answers,
thus turning the quest for
knowledge into a thrilling
The Quiz=Cube has a sc-
reen on which the questions
are flashed. A button turns
the text into continuing
questions and the game is
So enthralling is the
game that it caught the im-
agination of educators on a
countrywide scale, with the
result that the following
communities now benefit
from "Quiz-Cube":

Detroit, St. Louis, Met-
ropolitan New Jersey,
Philadelphia, the 92nd
Street YMHA in New

York, Omaha, Scranton,
Pa., Milwaukee, Tulsa,
Kansas City, Mo., Col-
umbus, 'Phoenix, Dallas,
Rochester, N.Y., Atlanta,
Tenafly, N.J., New Or-
leans, Houston, and Pro-
vidence, R.I.
There is no limit to the
universality of spirit
engendered by this "game"
that is really an educational
system. Now synagogues
are adding their interest in
the "project" which has be-
come a Jewish electronic
cultural attainment. De-
troit's Temple Beth El in-
troduced it, out of a convic-
tion that while hundreds
and more have made it
means of acquiring knowl-
edge, it is necessary to
spread it. Therefore Detroit
has two "Quiz Cubes," and
Irwin Shaw is receiving in-
quiries for introduction of
the educational computer
into more synagogues and
more community centers in
more cities and states.

Shaw, who masterminded
the idea to such a degree
that it is judged nationally
as a pathfinder to Jewish
knowledge, derives satis-
faction and joy from his
labors, as he expressed
them himself:
"I'm tremendously happy
that wherever it's been in-

In Milwaukee, Adam Bilsky plays Quiz-Cube
while Esther Leah Ritz observes. Adam is the son of
the director of the Milwaukee Jewish Community
Foundation and a fund in the name of Mrs. Ritz, na-
tional president ofJWB, made Quiz-Cube available in
that city.

everything we hoped for
when the Detroit Jewish
Community Center and I
began developing it three
years ago."
Assisting in the research
and writing of the quizzes
were a number of libra-
rians, educators and rabbis.
Among the latter were two
Detroiters: art historian Dr.

Joseph Gutmann, who
wrote the quizzes on "Jews
in Art" and Rabbi Lane B.
Steinger, who wrote the
series on "Words of Wis-
Michael Shaw did the
computer programming and
Edward Shaw serves as
editor and publicity direc-

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stalled, the Quiz-Cube has
proved to be extremely
popular.• We know that
more than 10,000 people a
week play the 'Cube' across
the country.
"And they're not all
children. We find that
adults become addicted
to playing Quiz-Cube
regularly, just like the


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"Another thing I'm glad
to see happening is the in-
creased interest on the part
of federations in using
Quiz-Cube as a fund-raising
and communication tool.
"The response to Quiz-
Cube by its users has been


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