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April 20, 1984 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-04-20

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Friday, April 20, 1984


Christians, children, aged, recall Pesach story

Local News Editor

Owing to the attendance
of their spiritual leader at a
Passover workshop for
Christian clergy sponsored
by the Jewish Community
Council, Temple Emanu-El
and its sisterhood, a black
congregation in Ecorse will
learn that the Jews also
encountered slavery in
their history.
Father Charles Granger
of the Church of the Res-
surrection (Episcopal) was
one of nearly 200 Christian
clergymen, religious
educa,tors and church lead-
ers who participated in a
model Seder at the Oak
Park temple.
Asked why he attended
the workshop, Father
Granger said, "I was in-
terested in perhaps doing a
Seder in our congregation
for a Maundy Thursday (the
Thursday prior to Easter)
service." The spiritual
leader of the 150-family
congregation was asked
what he hoped to take back
to his congregation as a re-
sult of attending the model
"I hope to show the
roots of the Christian
Eucharist, which is our
primary service on Sun-
days, and to show the im-
portance of the deliverance
from slavery — how impor-
tant it was in the regular

religious life of the Jewish
Father Granger added
that relating that historical
experience "could well be an
emphasis in the black con-
gregations that's not usu-
ally a part of our services."
Bruce Campbell of Christ
Episcopal Church in Dear-
born, where he is the associ-
ate minister, said he
attended the workshop be-
cause his congregation is
planning to hold a Seder.
Asked what he planned to
relate to his congregation
about his experience at the
model Seder, Campbell said
"What I'm hoping for is that
we could enjoy the Seder
and participate in it as a
remembrance of the Exodus
— the original occasion on
its own merits. I guess I see
it as a kind of freedom
The model Seder, the
third sponsored by the
JCCouncil and the temple,
was preceded by a tour of
the temple for the guests.
Temple President Stanley
Finkelstein described the
Aron Kodesh and opened a
Sefer Torah for the visitors
to peruse.
During the course of the
model Swier, Rabbi Lane
Steinger, spiritual leader of
the temple, explained the
Passover traditions and


Photos by Benyas-Kaufman

Htllel Day School student Bruce Leuchter, 10, recites a
portion of the Haggadah during the school's annual practice

foods. Rabbi Steinger told
the temple guests about the
significance of the home in
Jewish life.
"The home . . . is a
sanctuary in miniature, a
small sacred place, and it is
there that according to
Jewish tradition the basic
and most fundamental ob-
servances transpire."
He discussed the histori-
cal origins of the Seder, ex- -
plaining that many of the
actions taken during the
course of the Seder were
"borrowed" from the Roman
banquet of ancient times.
For example, the act of re-
clining during the meal was

We teach kids
they're doing
mitzvot" by doing
the Seder for the

Berger, Eden Jaffa, Isa
Schwarzberg, Ilana Green-
baum, Bradley Dock, Bruce
Leuchter, Lisa Berg and
Mrs. Tzeel. Some of the reci-
tations were done by whole
Residents of the seven
Jewish Association for Re-
tarded Citizens Haverim
Homes were treated to a
special Passover program
sponsored by seventh grade
students of the day school.
Groups of five to six stu-
dents in the bar and bat
mitzvah class, along with a
teacher or parent, visited
each of the homes. The stu-
dents spoke to the resident's
about the holiday, played
special "Passover Bingo"
which the students had
created, and participated in
a discussion of their
memories of Passover.
The JARC program is a
part of the social action
component of the students
curriculum. Amittai
Rudaysky, assistant princi-
pal, and Charlotte Abram-
son, teacher, coordinated
the social action cur-
In preparation for the
JARC program, Anita Mel-
len and Gilda Jacobs of the
JARC Speakers Bureau,- Father Charles Granger of the Episcopal Church of the
spoke to the students about Resurrection gets his first taste of Passover during a
mental retardation and the kiddush at the model Seder for the Christian clergy
association's work.
sponsored by the Jewish Community Council.
The Jewish Federation
Apts. dining room in Oak cause the seniors are each $2.50. They were
Park was the scene of a spe-
treated to Chanukah and asked to donate the money
cial practice Seder Sunday Purim programs, but no one to purchase food for the
hosted by the fifth grade was doing anything for Seder.
students of Temple Beth Passover. "We teach the
Mothers and residents
El's religious school.
kids they're doing mitzvot" joined together to set places
Nearly 70 children came by doing the Seder for the and distribute the food.
to share their knowledge elderly, she said.
Each resident and child had
about Passover and adopt-
In preparation for the their own Seder plates.
a-grandparent for the day.
event, the temple created a
.Leonard Milstone, Dr.
Elaine Stern, one of the Haggadah and the children Ted Golden, Dr. Burton
participating Beth El studied Passover traditions Fogelman and David
teachers and founder of the
in their classes. According Rosenman, whose children
Seder for seniors program to teacher Joan Bloch, each participated in the Seder,
five years ago, said that the child had to do a tzedakah also had leading roles in the
program was started be- `-project which earned them prograin.

taken _from Roman tradi-
"It was customary to eat
while reclining at the Seder.
Free independent persons
ate on chaises while reclin-
ing," he said.
He explained the signifi-
cance of candlelighting, the
items of the Seder plate and
the afikoman. Guests at the
workshop were invited to
read the English portions of
the service.
The ritual foods for the
Seder were provided by the
temple sisterhood. The
Christian Communication
Council helped mail invita-
tions to the Seder guests
who received a Haggadah
and pamphlet explaining
the Jewish holidays.
At Hillel IYay School last
week 170 children in grades
two through four recited
portions of the Haggadah at
the school's annual practice
Parents, grandparents,
sisters and brothers came to
watch as the students re-
cited the Four Questions
and brachot.
Robert Abramson welcomed
the guests at the model
Seder, which was coordi-
nated by Mrs. Adena Tzeel,
who teaches grades three
and five, and by Diane
Grossman, music teacher.
Seven-year-old Michelle
Shepes welcomed the stu-
dents and guests in Hebrew,
while Irina Vaysfeld, spoke
in English. A candlelight-
ing preceded the cere-
According to Rabbi Ab-
ramson, the children
started' preparing for
Pesach immediately after
Each of the tables had a
central Seder plate, com-
plete with ceremonial foods,
and each child had his or her
own Seder plate with which
Deena Kuhn, 10, of Farmington Hills, joins Jewish Federation Apts. resident Rose
to participate.
Leading the ceremonies Steigm an in the reading of the Haggadah at the practice Seder sponsored by the fifth grade
were Jared Hurvitz, Albert classes in Temple Beth El's religious school.

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